Report: Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso Booked for UFC 177 Co-Main Event

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is set for a quick turnaround. While he successfully defended his belt just a few weeks ago at UFC 174, Johnson is now tabbed to defend his belt at UFC 177 opposite Chris Cariasoaccording to Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole.

Cariaso is currently riding a three-fight winning streak, with victories over Iliarde Santos, Danny Martinez and Louis Smolka. He owns a 4-2 record in the UFC as a flyweight, and was an above-average bantamweight before that.

The news that Cariaso was slated for the belt is somewhat surprising. This Saturday, Ian McCall and Brad Pickett face off in a crucial flyweight tilt. While the winner of that fight would have been a solid contender for the champ, the UFC instead opted for a sure thing in Cariaso.

After a solid run in World Extreme Cagefighting, Johnson became the UFC's first flyweight champion in 2012. In the time since, he has climbed his way up MMA's pound-for-pound rankings and cemented his status as one of the best fighters in the sport.

However, in spite of his technical brilliance, fans have been slow to accept him. While the UFC hoped that a brutal one-punch knockout of Joseph Benavidez had warmed up fans enough that he could carry a pay-per-view, reports that UFC 174 hovered around 100,000 buys mired an otherwise masterful victory over Ali Bagautinov.

UFC 177 will go down August 30 in Sacramento, California. The card is headlined by the silly rematch between UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao. While Barao, like Johnson, could scarcely draw crickets to chirp at his pay-per-view fights, the UFC is hoping that doubling up on champions will entice fans.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Co-Main Event Podcast: Download episode No. 179 with Ben Fowlkes, Chad Dundas

  • 14 days ago

Episode No. 179 of the Co-Main Event Podcast now is available for streaming and download. This week, the mighty Montanans pick their jaws up off the floor to discuss Ronda Rousey’s downfall, among ot read news >>

UFC 193 Results: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Tops Valerie Letourneau in Unanimous Decision

  • 16 days ago

Joanna Jedrzejczyk battered Valerie Letourneau for five rounds before earning a unanimous decision in the co-main event at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Sunday. read news >>

Bleacher Report's UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm Fight-Day Dossier

  • 17 days ago

UFC 193 is upon us, but are you caught up on everything before the action gets underway on Saturday? Bleacher Report has chronicled the preceding week's events, but if your week has been hectic, you read news >>

UFC 193 Weigh-ins: Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm Skirmish! (main and co-main event)

  • 18 days ago

If you were afraid there wouldn't be enough heat between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, you can set your worries aside. read news >>

UFC 193: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 18 days ago

If you're like me, sometimes you forget that Ronda Rousey is an MMA fighter. Amid all the hype and hoopla, her actual job becomes something abstract. She is famous enough now that she can power her c read news >>

Women’s MMA Report: Namajunas vs. VanZant (and loss of hair), Daly shines at home

  • 21 days ago

The late-year calendar is taking shape, and as MMAjunkie’s Robert Sargent writes in our latest Women’s MMA Report, a UFC headliner of Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant is the featured attraction. File read news >>

Co-Main Event Podcast: Download episode No. 178 with Ben Fowlkes, Chad Dundas

  • 21 days ago

Episode No. 178 of the Co-Main Event Podcast now is available for streaming and download. This week, the guys recap Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson, look ahead to Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm, and try read news >>

Patrick Cummins: Loss to Glover Teixeira is 'going to help me in the future'

  • 23 days ago

SAO PAULO – UFC Fight Night 77’s co-main event saw Patrick Cummins suffer his second loss in his past three fights when he was stopped in the second round by former light heavyweight title challenger read news >>

UFC Sao Paulo Results: Glover Teixeira Punishes Patrick Cummins in Co-Main Event

  • 23 days ago

Glover Teixeira showed why he's ranked fourth in the light heavyweight devision on Saturday when he finished ninth-ranked Patrick Cummins in the UFC Fight Night 77 co-main event. read news >>

Bleacher Report MMA Rankings for November 2015

  • 28 days ago

Very little happened in the month of October when it comes to MMA. The UFC hosted just two events, UFC 192 and the stripped-down version of Fight Night: Dublin. Bellator and WSOF both put on shows, b read news >>