Las Vegas, Nevada – Fresh off a brilliant submission victory over John Moraga at UFC® on FOX: Johnson vs. Moraga, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson returns to defend his flyweight title Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas against Joseph Benavidez in a can’t-miss flyweight showdown.
Johnson, 27, beat Benavidez in September 2012 at UFC 152 to become the first champion in the newly minted flyweight division and looks to retain his status as the only champion the 125lb class has ever known.
A UFC® standout, the 29-year-old Benavidez has reeled off three straight victories over the likes of Ian McCall, Darren Uyenoyama and Jussier Formiga to earn a rematch with the champion. Benavidez also holds notable victories over Eddie Wineland and Rani Yahya and has developed a reputation as one of the division’s most dynamic fighters.
“UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and No. 1 contender Joseph Benavidez will meet again in the main event of the TUF Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas,” UFC president Dana White said. “Their first fight was fast-paced and featured five rounds of really close, back and forth action. I’m really excited for this flyweight title rematch and then the crowning of the winners of this season of The Ultimate Fighter!”
In addition to the Johnson-Benavidez main event, this season’s The Ultimate Fighter® winner will be crowned when the Octagon® makes its way back to the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Ultimate Fighter® Finale card also includes:
- Former UFC title contenders Gray Maynard vs. Nate Diaz in a battle of Top 10 lightweights.
- Jared Rosholt vs. Walter Harris face off in the heavyweight division
- Akira Corassani vs. Maximo Blanco in a matchup of rising featherweights
Tickets for The Ultimate Fighter® Finale go on sale Friday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $175, $125, $75 and $50. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.
UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. PT via www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Oct. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
The main card also will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Catch all new episodes of this season of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
All bouts live and subject to change.
TUF 18 Finale Tickets on Sale Oct. 11
FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION DEMETRIOUS ‘MIGHTY MOUSE’ JOHNSON MEETS JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ NOVEMBER 30 AT MANDALAY BAY IN LAS VEGAS
PLUS THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® WINNERS WILL BE CROWNED
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® FINALE
MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT 10 A.M. PT