UFC News: Demetrious Johnson Defends Title Against John Moraga at 'TUF' Finale

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst IFebruary 11, 2013

Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Demetrious Johnson (left) celebrates after defeating John Dodson (not pictured) during UFC on FOX 6 for the world flyweight championship at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Add UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson to the list of title holders that like to stay active. 

After winning his first title defense against John Dodson at UFC on FOX 6 last month, "Mighty Mouse" already has his next opponent lined up: John Moraga. 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal was the first media outlet to report the news. 

Barring any setbacks, the April 13 event marks the first time a title will be on the line for an "Ultimate Fighter" finale, as the finals of the tournament typically headline the events. 

The under-the-radar Moraga is a former Division I wrestler for Arizona State University and boasts a 13-1 record as a professional mixed martial artist, coincidentally having his only loss coming to Dodson back in Dec. 2010 on the regional scene. 

Since then, Moraga has won seven straight (including five finishes) and is 2-0 (both finishes) inside the Octagon. 

Moraga most recently won "Submission of the Night" honors when he tapped out Chris Cariaso with a guillotine choke at UFC 155 in December. 

Johnson, the UFC's first flyweight title holder, is 3-0-1 since moving down from bantamweight, winning the vacant championship gold in a bout against Team Alpha Male veteran Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152 in September. 

This fight would also be the fifth time Johnson steps inside the cage in just over a 13-month time frame. 

Other bouts announced for the card today include the second women's fight in UFC history, where former Strikeforce champ Miesha Tate takes on Cat Zingano (as tweeted by UFC Brazil), while at he heavyweight, Gabriel Gonzaga faces a stiff test against Travis Browne (via Dana White)

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