The UFC wants to make an impact whenever they put on an event in a new city for the first time and their goal with Kansas City, Missouri remains the same. The promotion recently announced that UFC flyweight (125-pound) champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and challenger Wilson Reis will headline the April 15 Fight Night card.
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Johnson most recently defended his title against The Ultimate Fighter 24: Tournament of Champions winner Tim Elliott. Elliott, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, is also on the card. Johnson is the first (and so far only) UFC flyweight champion in UFC and hold’s the record for most successful/consecutive title defenses in the division with nine.
Brazil’s Reis is 6-2 inside the UFC’s Octagon, is the #4 ranked flyweight contender, and is on a three-fight winning streak.
Should he defeat Reis in April, Johnson will tie the record set by middleweight (185-pound) Anderson “The Spider” Silva for overall title defenses (10) which is a record he intends to break before entertaining a possible return to bantamweight (135 pounds.)
He competed at bantamweight under the Zuffa, LLC banner from WEC 48 in April 2010 until a losing effort to then-champion Dominick Cruz in October 2011.
“They’ll always find somebody for me to fight,” Johnson said to Fox Sports in May 2016. “Whether I win or lose, they’ll find somebody to fight and I’ll compete, I’ll make money and I’ll pay my bills.”
Johnson then went on to score a technical knockout over Henry Cejudo, a 2008 Olympic gold medal winner in freestyle wrestling, before his defense against Elliott.
See the full main card for the Kansas City event here.