joseph-benavidez-24.jpgJoseph Benavidez said after his most recent win that he wasn’t going to bark for a title shot. He didn’t, but he’s getting one anyway.

Benavidez (19-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will challenge flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (18-2-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) in a rematch for the 125-pound belt at the TUF 18 Finale. The news was announced on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1.

The TUF 18 Finale takes place Nov. 30 event at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The Johnson-Benavidez fight will headline the card, which also will see the women’s and men’s tournament finals of Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which currently is airing on FOX Sports 1. The card also features a rubber match between Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz

Benavidez and Johnson met once before, a year ago this coming weekend, for the UFC’s inaugural flyweight title. In that fight at UFC 152, Johnson wrapped up the UFC’s four-man flyweight tournament with a split-decision win in Toronto. Johnson is ranked No. 1 and Benavidez No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA flyweight rankings.

Champion “Mighty Mouse” Johnson has defended his title twice since beating Benavidez. At UFC on FOX 6 in January, he took a unanimous decision from John Dodson in a “Fight of the Night” performance. And at UFC on FOX 8 in July, he submitted John Moraga in the fifth round to win “Submission of the Night” honors. Before beating Benavidez, he fought to a controversial majority draw with Ian McCall in the opening round of the flyweight tourney, then beat him by a unanimous nod in the rematch in June 2012.

Benavidez has won three straight since his loss to Johnson. He beat McCall by unanimous decision at UFC 156 in February. Then in April, he stopped Darren Uyenoyama with a body kick and punches on the ground at UFC on FOX 7. Earlier this month ago, he stopped Jussier Formiga in the first round at UFC Fight Night 28 in Formiga’s home country of Brazil.  

With the booking, the TUF 18 Finale card now includes:

  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez – for flyweight title
  • TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18? men’s tournament final
  • TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18? women’s tournament final
  • Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Joseph Benavidez)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Marcio Alexandre Jr. out with rib injury, George Sullivan now meets Dominic Waters at TUF 21 Finale

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

George Sullivan has a new opponent for his upcoming UFC bout. With Marcio Alexandre Jr. out of the TUF 21 Finale card with an injury, Sullivan now faces promotional newcomer Dominic Waters. The match read news >>

George Sullivan faces newcomer Dominic Waters at TUF 21 Finale

  • 22 days ago
  • 13 views

With Marcio Alexandre Jr. out of the TUF 21 Finale, George Sullivan now meets UFC newcomer Dominic Waters.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

TUF 21 Finale's Cezar Ferreira considered retirement after 20 years of pain

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 views

Cezar Ferreira meets Jorge Masvidal at Sunday’s The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale card in Las Vegas, but he almost quit fighting a year ago. Winner of the first season of TUF Brazil in 2012, "Mutante" h read news >>

CM Punk: I offered to do 'TUF,' but UFC turned me down

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 views

CHICAGO -- Several ideas have been offered in recent years in attempts to jump-start The Ultimate Fighter's ratings. CM Punk, for one, thought he'd be a part of the UFC's flagship reality series. Whe read news >>

'TUF 21: ATT vs. Blackzilians' blog: Michael Graves on episode No. 11

  • 25 days ago
  • 35 views

In his weekly blog for MMAjunkie, “The Ultimate Fighter 21? cast member and American Top Team representative Michael Graves discusses the season’s 11th episode.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

TUF 21 American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: Episode 11 Recap and Results

  • 26 days ago
  • 17 views

With two fights remaining in the season and the American Top Team on the brink of elimination, could the Blackzilians finally clinch the season? Or, would ATT be able to tie things up going into the read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 21 live discussion: Episode 11

  • 26 days ago
  • 36 views

Tonight, live coverage of episode 11 of The Ultimate Fighter. TUF: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians airs tonight at 10 pm on Fox Sports 1. Join us here for live discussion. Tonight, episode ten of read news >>

TUF 21 results, recap (Ep. 11) for 'ATT vs. Blackzilians'

  • 26 days ago
  • 62 views

It's all about that momentum... The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 returns to FOX Sports 1 later night (Weds., July 1, 2015) at 10 p.m. ET, featuring episode 11 of the combat sports reality show, pitting read news >>

Jimmie Rivera replaces Entwistle, meets Marcus Brimage at UFC Fight Night 74

  • 26 days ago
  • 7 views

The UFC’s debut in Scotland later this month has an updated fight set for the lineup with newcomer Jimmie Rivera stepping in for Ian Entwistle against Marcus Brimage. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Jose Aldo officially out of UFC 189; Chad Mendes meets Conor McGregor for interim belt

  • 27 days ago
  • 325 views

The news many expected to come has arrived, and next week’s UFC 189 has been overhauled less than two weeks out.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>