Demetrious Johnson Defends Flyweight Title Against John Moraga at TUF 17 Finale

February 11, 2013
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Demetrious Johnson

Demetrious Johnson

Demetrious Johnson will defend his UFC flyweight title against John Moraga at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13 in Las Vegas.

Johnson (17-2-1) became the first UFC flyweight champion when he defeated Joseph Benavidez by decision at UFC 152.  Johnson last fought on Jan. 26, defeating John Dodson by unanimous decision.

Moraga (13-1) is 2-0 inside the UFC Octagon with a knockout over Ulysses Gomez and a submission victory over Chris Cariaso.

The bout was first reported by The Las Vegas Review Journal on Monday, and a later confirmed by UFC officials.

The flyweight title bout will headline the card expected to take place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  The main card will air live on FX, while preliminary bouts will be showcased on Facebook and FUEL TV.

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  • fg

    can’t wait for mighty mouse to get KO, all the top 125 pders are power punchers except for this Dbag for just tries to look good and fight for the judges, he s the reason 125 sucks

    • Mark McDowall

      You can’t say they are ALL power punchers because as far as I can remember every flyweight fight so far has gone to decision. But yeah I agree…125 is not very exciting.

      • Timothy Malone

        As the article above points out, Moraga has finishes at 125 in the UFC. He knocked out Gomez and choked out Cariaso.

    • shakejunt

      no, he’s the reason 125 has any legitimacy

    • What? lol Are you serious? Mighty Mouse has shown incredible skills in every position. Anyone with power can win a fight with a KO and not have skills anywhere else. I’m pretty sure he tries to win a fight anyway he can, it just so happens he’s fighting tough guys and they go to decision.

    • kbroesq

      Wow you’re an idiot. He’s put on nothing but amazing fights and has beat the best guys. There will never be a lot of KOs in the FWD because of the size of the fighters. What has this guy done to make you call him a ‘dbag?’ He’s totally modest and humble and never insults people.

  • joser929

    U forgot josephs ko win that didnt go to descion

  • mikegrahammm

    and it says moraga has a ko and sub dummy

  • shakejunt

    glad joe didn’t get the rematch just yet. mm needs to work through a couple of contenders in order for the division to evolve

  • Advance*

    They need a couple more of the smaller 135er’s to drop down and deepen the division a little bit. Moraga’s last fight was the first facebook prelim and now he’s in a title fight. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve it but it just shows how thin the division is.