Demetrious Johnson Gets a Fight; Will Defend Flyweight Title at UFC 186

February 10, 2015
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After months of waiting, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson finally has a fight booked.

UFC officials on Tuesday revealed that Johnson would return to the Octagon to put his belt on the line against streaking Japanese 125-pounder Kyoji Horiguchi. The two will meat in the co-main event of UFC 186 on April 25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, making the fight card a dual championship bill.

A previously announced bantamweight championship rematch between current titleholder TJ Dillashaw and the man he defeated for the belt, Renan Barao, headlines the card.

Johnson (21-2-1) is the first and only UFC flyweight champion. He is currently on a seven-fight victorious streak, which includes winning the inaugural 125-pound UFC title.

He hasn’t fought since September of last year, though, waiting for the contenders to sort themselves out.

During that time, Horiguchi (15-1) has emerged as the top contender, at least, the top contender that can make the 125-pound limit. John Lineker has been trying to get a shot at Johnson, but has failed to make weight in four of his eight scheduled UFC flyweight bouts.

Horiguchi, however, has won nine consecutive bouts, including all four of his UFC bouts. He is coming off of a cornerstone victory over Louis Gaudinot at UFC 182 in early January.

> SEE ALSO: Full UFC 186 Fight Card and Event Details

The addition of Johnson vs. Horiguchi to the UFC 186 fight card seems to have knocked a pivotal welterweight bout from the fight card.

In announcing the flyweight title bout, UFC officials noted, “The previously scheduled bout between welterweights Rory MacDonald and Hector Lombard has been removed from the card and updates for both fighters will be provided when available.”

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  • TheMod

    Speed Striker with unorthodox karate style vs. Speed Wrestler with incredible timing. I am very excited for this no doubt amazing fight.

    • Raymond Gonzalez

      Yeah. Horiguchi is tough as they come. He could pull off an upset. I don’t think he will, however.

  • Seth

    Lineker is good fighter, but god damn – this dude should give up at 125lbs div…he’s hurting himself…

    As for this title fight goes, should be fun one 🙂

    • Raymond Gonzalez

      Lineker is friggin’ tiny!!! Why can’t he just hire Mike Dolce or Dr. David Jubb?

  • YYYaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn!!

    • shakejunt

      piss off

      • my opinion, you dont have to like it.

        • shakejunt

          it’s a title fight with a legitimate prospect. nobody likes the “who cares” guy.

  • shakejunt

    glad horiguchi is finally getting some respect, but i fear it’s too much too fast. i don’t see how he wins this fight, but i’m expecting it to be somewhat competitive.

    • Lucas Freire

      Yeah, definitely too much. He barely won against Gaudinot, who never were a top contender in the division with with less competition.

  • dana

    If Demetrious tests positive for roids, or cocaine for that matter, I Dana White will quit my job and sail off timbucktoo.

  • Raymond Gonzalez

    125 is hurting. Even I might be able to get a fight in the UFC if I stop eating ice cream every day…

    Anywho, Horiguchi-san is getting thrown to the wolves. Too soon…

    • JJDNB

      Yeah anyone that has any ability around the weight class should really start training MMA

      • Raymond Gonzalez

        I do! Where’s my jump rope?

  • StopFitchn

    Is it just me or does it seem like fans don’t get very excited to watch 125lb fighters.

    • Lorenzo”nose”fertitta

      UFC is tanking… Dana has become a heroin junkie, Rogan and jon jones are into the boogah sugah. Everyone juices, even the refs and judges juice. Goldberg is just a monkey. The UFC as an organization is an example of what is wrong with America… A fraud trying to pass as the real thing.
      The more we learn the clearer the image becomes… Corporate America I am sick of you.

  • drkdisciple

    what started off as a great card is slowly but surely turning into garbage.

  • ahmed mohamed

    “ will meat“ hmm hmm


    MM is fighting again?? Argghh