John Moraga will make his return to the Octagon against
jiu-jitsu black belt Darren Uyenoyama as part of the December UFC On FOX
9 fight card. The flyweight match-up was announced on the UFC News Twitter account on Sunday.
This will be the 29-year-old Moraga’s first bout since
losing in his bid to claim the flyweight title this summer. After a
pair of impressive finishes in his first two UFC appearances,
Moraga was dominated and eventually submitted by divisional champ
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in Seattle this past
July. The loss dropped his record to 13-2 overall.
Uyenoyama also enters this contest after having had a two-fight
UFC winning streak snapped. Following wins over Norifumi
“Kid” Yamamoto and Phil Harris, the 8-4 grappling
specialist was stopped by Joseph Benavidez in preliminary card
action on the April UFC On FOX
7 show in San Jose.
With the 125-pound ranks still filling out, the winner has an
opportunity to get right back into the thick of the title chase
with a strong showing.
UFC On FOX 9 takes place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento,
California, on December 14th.