UFC flyweight champion Demetrious
Johnson has sustained an injury and will be unable to defend
his title as expected at
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 17 finale.
The news was revealed Tuesday night on UFC.com, and a new main
event is expected to be announced shortly. Though Johnson was
slated to face rising talent John Moraga
at the April 13 event, it is currently unclear whether Moraga will
still compete that night in Las Vegas.
UFC officials also announced that a new featherweight contest has
joined the show, as “TUF 15” vet Sam Sicilia
takes on former lightweight King of Pancrase Maximo
Sicilia, 26, saw a seven-fight winning streak snapped in his
most-recent outing, as the Washingtonian was knocked out by “TUF:
Brazil” winner Rony
Mariano Bezerra at UFC 153 last October. Meanwhile, Blanco
enters the cage coming off back-to-back losses for the first time
in his career, most recently dropping a split decision to Marcus
Brimage last April at UFC 145.
Johnson, 26, has posted a record of 3-0-1 since cutting to 125
pounds, becoming the inaugural UFC flyweight king this past
September and defending his title successfully last month against
Dodson at UFC on Fox 6. Moraga has not lost in more than two
years, rattling off seven straight wins capped by an impressive
third-round submission of Chris
Cariaso on Dec. 29 at UFC 155.