Kajan Johnson vs. Tae Hyun Bang booked for UFC 174 in Vancouver
A successful Twitter campaign has landed “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia” semifinalist Kajan Johnson an official UFC fight.
Johnson suffered a knockout loss to teammate Chad Laprise in the “TUF” semifinal round, and fans were critical of the Team Canada coaching staff for their perceived favoritism of Laprise. Johnson’s supporters then used Twitter to badger UFC officials into giving him a fight.
And it apparently worked.
Johnson (19-10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now slated to fight fellow lightweight Tae Hyun Bang (16-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 174, officials today announced.
Tim Means replaces William Macario, meets Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 40
Another Legacy FC fighter has received a ticket to the UFC. Or, in Tim Means‘ case, a return ticket to the UFC.
UFC officials today announced Means (20-5-1) has replaced William Macario (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and will meet fellow welterweight Neil Magny (9-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) next month at UFC Fight Night 40.
A reason wasn’t given for Macario’s removal from the card.
UFC Fight Night 40 takes place May 10 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. The bulk of the card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Means vs. Magny is slated for the main card.
Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov to headline UFC 174 in Vancouver
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (19-2-1 MMA, 7-1-1) will headline UFC 174 and the organization’s return to Vancouver.
The UFC’s inaugural 125-pound champion will take on Ali Bagautinov (13-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in the Canadian main event.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
Johnson is ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings (and No. 4 in the pound-for-pound rankings). Bagautinov is No. 6 at 125 pounds.