Demetrious Johnson to Make Second Flyweight Title Defense vs. John Moraga on April 13
Rising flyweight John Moraga
is making the leap from curtain jerker to UFC headliner, all in a
span of two fights.
According to a
report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Moraga will challenge
reigning 125-pound king Demetrious
“The Ultimate Fighter 17” finale on April 13. UFC officials
later confirmed the pairing via Twitter. The “TUF 17” finale is
expected to be held at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino in Las Vegas and also includes a heavyweight bout between
Browne and Gabriel
Gonzaga as well as a women’s bantamweight matchup pitting
Tate against Cat
Johnson captured the promotion’s inaugural flyweight championship
by defeating Joseph
Benavidez via split decision at UFC 152 in September. “Mighty
Mouse” then overcame the punching power of John Dodson
at UFC on Fox 6 for his first successful title defense last
Moraga defeated Chris
Cariaso in the opening bout at UFC 155, submitting the former
bantamweight with a guillotine choke in the third round. Prior to
that victory, the Arizonan scored an impressive first-round
knockout triumph over former Tachi Palace standout Ulysses
Gomez at UFC on Fox 4.
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Demetrious Johnson's next title defense will be at UFC 177 when he takes on #8 flyweight Chris Cariaso.
With the lower weight class champions not proving to be major draws as pay-per-view headliners, the UFC appears to have slightly changed course as TJ Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson will both defend their titles at UFC 177.
Dllashaw's rematch with Renan Barao was already planned as the headliner, but Johnson's defense of his title was announced just earlier tonight.
Johnson will face Chris Ca more
UFC 177 will be headlined by two title fights.
Demetrious Johnson, the first-ever UFC flyweight champion, is set to put his 125-pound title on the line against Chris Cariaso in the co-main event of the pay-per-view card in Sacramento, California, on August 30. Yahoo! Sports first reported the bout.
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