UFC on Fox 24
Finally. It’s the only word MMA fans in Kansas City can be believing as the UFC makes its inaugural journey to a city known for its fountains, bbq and Midwestern charm.
The promotion provides its 24th event on network television, headlined by the sport’s existing pound-for-pound king, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. The flyweight champion will want to cement his location in the sport’s history with his 10th successive title defense when he fights Brazilian Wilson Reis in the night’s centerpiece.
Also on the main card, previous strawweight title opposition Rose Namajunas meets former Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson. The winner might effectively be the beside contend for the 115-pound belt.
The 13-fight occasion kicks off Saturday, April 15, from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. 5 fights will stream reside on UFC Fight Pass at 4 p.m. ET, with 4 additional prelims airing live on Fox at 6 p.m. ET. The four-fight main card airs at 8 p.m. ET, also on Fox.
Fight Press writers Rob Tatum and Bryan Henderson break down the card in this edition of Toe-to-Toe.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is set to defend his title versus Wilson Reis. Will Reis dethrone the long time champ?
Short respond to? No.
Long response? It’s hard to discuss any fighter set to handle Mighty Mouse without possibly insulting said fighter. It’s not that Johnson is battling cans– these are the elite of the elite locking horns with the champ– but that Mighty Mouse is just so damned good at what he does. If the flyweight king were to obtain bored with the division and either go up to bantamweight or just call it a career, then the doors would be thrown wide open up to a frenzy of competitors and capable champs, Reis consisted of. Nevertheless, with Johnson in the throne, no one is going to be deemed a serious hazard until they go out there and prove it in action.
This is exactly what Reis needs to do. He’s going to be counted out by everybody who has actually seen Johnson run roughshod over the 125-pounders since capturing the belt in late 2012. Just look at this list: Ian McCall (to advance to the inaugural title fight), Joseph Benavidez (for the title), John Dodson, John Moraga, Benavidez once again, Ali Bagautinov, Chris Cariaso, Kyoji Horiguchi, Dodson once again, Henry Cejudo and Tim Elliott. Who hasn’t Johnson outclassed yet?
Well, Reis takes place to be on the short list, however the 32-year-old has been far from dominant in his own career. He went simply 6-4 in the Bellator cage while losing to Joe Soto, Patricio Freire (two times) and Eduardo Dantas. Approved, these defeats came in the featherweight and bantamweight departments. In his UFC run, Reis went 1-1 as a 135er prior to publishing a 5-1 mark as a flyweight. His one flyweight defeat came versus longtime competitor Jussier “Formiga” da Silva, a fighter who has never ever quite gotten over the hump to make his own chance at the belt.
Reis has an uphill battle. He’s not an elite striker– he has actually never ever finished a fight through strikes in 28 career getaways– and he’s not a strong wrestler. The Brazilian’s only edge is available in the area of submission grappling, where Reis holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Yet, Mighty Mouse is an extremely good wrestler with a flair for squeaking out of bad spots on the mat. Johnson’s greatest observed weakness up until now has actually been his tendency to obtain rocked on occasion, however Reis has very little chance of making this happen.
Reis will probably perform much better than the previously mentioned Cariaso, however he in fact accumulates as one of the least most likely oppositions to topple Johnson.