UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson won the inaugural belt by beating Joseph Benavidez last September, and the two will rematch on November 30th in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale in Las Vegas. UFC Tonight reported the booking on tonight's episode:
BREAKING: @MightyMouseUFC vs. @JoeJitsu 2 will headline the #TUFFinale on November 30th in #Vegas!— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) September 18, 2013
Johnson (18-2-1) won the UFC's flyweight tournament by defeating Ian McCall (on the unintended 2nd attempt) by unanimous decision and Benavidez by split decision. He rallied from 2 early knockdowns against John Dodson to retain the belt at UFC on Fox 6, and then dominated John Moraga en route to the 5th round armbar victory in Seattle. He holds the record for the latest finish in UFC history at 3:43 of round 5.
Benavidez (19-3) has won his last 3 fights, besting Ian McCall by decision and decisively TKOing Darren Uyenoyama and Jussier Formiga. This will mark his 4th fight of the calendar year, something he hasn't done since 2008.
The other main card fights for this event, which will air live on Fox Sports 1, are the men's and women's bantamweight TUF finals, plus a 3rd encounter between lightweights Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard. It's shaping up to be a superb finish to the end of 2013 for the UFC.