Miguel Torres (left) will now meet 'Mighty Mouse' at UFC 130. |
British bantamweight Brad
Pickett has suffered an injury and has been forced to withdraw
from his UFC
130 bout with Miguel
Torres. Stepping in to face the former WEC champion in
Pickett's stead will be Demetrious
Johnson, the promotion announced Wednesday evening.
"The fastest man in the division has answered the call, and
Johnson will move into Pickett’s spot to face the former
divisional kingpin," said UFC president Dana White. "Both men have
verbally agreed to the fight."
Headlined by a lightweight title rematch between reigning champ
Edgar and the only man to ever beat him in Gray
Maynard, UFC 130 goes down May 28 from the MGM Grand Garden
Arena in Las Vegas.
Johnson has only tasted defeat once in his career, suffering a 2010
loss to the aforementioned Pickett in the American's WEC debut.
Since coming up short on the judges' scorecards against the Brit,
“Mighty Mouse” has won three straight, most recently besting
Yamamoto at UFC 126 in February.
Johnson was originally supposed to face surging Brazilian
Renan "Barao" at UFC 130, but “Barao” will now square off with
a to-be-named opponent at the event.
Once considered the world's top bantamweight, Torres hit a rough
patch after defending his WEC title successfully three times. After
losing his title to Brian
Bowles at WEC 42 in 2009, Torres was submitted by Joseph
Benavidez seven months later. Since that second defeat, the
30-year-old has returned to his winning ways, submitting Charlie
Valencia at WEC 51 and then outpointing Antonio
Banuelos at UFC 126.