A flyweight championship clash between Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo will serve as the co-main event at UFC 197.
The pairing was announced during the UFC Fight Night broadcast on Saturday night. UFC 197 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 23 and is headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.
Johnson is one of the top pound-for-pound talents in mixed martial arts today and the only 125-pound champion the UFC has known. Since capturing the title with a split-decision verdict over Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152, “Mighty Mouse” has run roughshod over the division, authoring seven consecutive title defenses. Most recently, he outclassed John Dodson to earn a unanimous decision in their rematch at UFC 191.
A gold medalist in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Olympics, Cejudo is unbeaten in 10 professional outings, including four in the UFC. The 28-year-old Arizonan last appeared at UFC Fight Night in Monterrey, where he took a split-decision triumph over Jussier da Silva.