Fresh off a brilliant submission victory over John Moraga at UFC® on FOX: Johnson vs. Moraga, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson returns to defend his flyweight title Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas against Joseph Benavidez in a can’t-miss flyweight showdown.
Johnson, 27, beat Benavidez in September 2012 at UFC 152 to become the first champion in the newly minted flyweight division and looks to retain his status as the only champion the 125lb class has ever known.
A UFC® standout, the 29-year-old Benavidez has reeled off three straight victories over the likes of Ian McCall, Darren Uyenoyama and Jussier Formiga to earn a rematch with the champion. Benavidez also holds notable victories over Eddie Wineland and Rani Yahya and has developed a reputation as one of the division’s most dynamic fighters.
“UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and No. 1 contender Joseph Benavidez will meet again in the main event of the TUF Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas,” UFC president Dana White said. “Their first fight was fast-paced and featured five rounds of really close, back and forth action. I’m really excited for this flyweight title rematch and then the crowning of the winners of this season of The Ultimate Fighter!”
In addition to the Johnson-Benavidez main event, this season’s The Ultimate Fighter® winner will be crowned when the Octagon® makes its way back to the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Ultimate Fighter® Finale card also includes:
· Former UFC title contenders Gray Maynard vs. Nate Diaz in a battle of Top 10 lightweights.
· Jared Rosholt vs. Walter Harris face off in the heavyweight division
· Akira Corassani vs. Maximo Blanco in a matchup of rising featherweights