UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz now has an opponent for his next title defense. The UFC could have gone with a third fight between Cruz and Urijah Faber, or given Brian Bowles a chance to regain his title. Instead, they decided to match those two up at UFC 139, and Demetrious Johnson will get his shot at the title on October 1st at UFC on Versus 6. UFC.com has it:
Following his exciting five round win over Urijah Faber in July that allowed him to avenge the only loss of his pro career, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will jump right back into the fire on Saturday, October 1st, as he defends his crown against number one contender Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The bout, the first championship fight aired on free cable television since the UFC 75 match between Rampage Jackson and Dan Henderson in 2007, will be televised on Versus.
Johnson earned his title shot with four straight wins in the WEC and UFC, the last being a unanimous decision win over former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres. Johnson fractured his leg in the fight, but still pulled off the victory. He will now face Cruz, who will be looking to successfully make the second defense of his UFC title (he also defended twice in the WEC) and continue his winning streak, which currently sits at nine. A title fight on free TV? Good deal.