Micah Curtis for the Daily Union Shelbyville Daily Union
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
On Saturday, July 27, the Ultimate Fighting Championship sees a flyweight rumble as the champion Demetrious Johnson defends his title against former Arizona Sun Devil John Moraga.
Though a relatively new division to the UFC, the Flyweight division has already seen a very dominant champion come forwards in its ranks. Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson lives up to his nickname, being small in stature but incredibly athletic.
Prior to winning the belt against Joseph Benavidez in the inaugural bout, Johnson had already been a title challenger at the 135 pound weight class, losing to champion Dominic Cruz is a valiant effort in October of 2011.
His speed and his grappling skills have been his greatest asset, on top of having the wonderful mind of MMA legend Matt "The Wizard" Hume in his corner. At the same time, his competition for this particular bout is incredibly stiff.
The title challenger, John Moraga, came into the UFC like a tornado through Kansas. In his first bout for the UFC, he stormed straight through Ulysses Gomez when both fighters were debuting in the promotion, stopping his opponent with elbows and punches.
In his second outing against Chris Cariaso, he found himself gaining Submission of the Night honors from the promotion, and he choked out his opponent with a guillotine hold.
The young man from Arizona State has a lot of potential, and may have the wrestling skills and speed to stifle Johnson's strengths. The question lies in whether or not the young man can also deal with the strategy that Johnson's corner will bring to the table.
UFC on Fox 8: Johnson vs Moraga will be held at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington, and also features welterweight contenders Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger in the co-main event. Viewers will also see veteran knockout artist Robbie Lawler face off against Bobby Voelker and former women's title challenger Liz Carmouche vs. Jessica Andrade. The main card will begin at 7 PM CST, and can be seen on Fox.