Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will attempt to thwart longtime rival John Dodson when the two fighters rematch in the newly-announced main event of UFC 191 on Sept. 5 in Las Vegas.
UFC officials announced the new card and main event on Wednesday during the fight card from San Diego.
Johnson defeated Dodson in their first meeting in 2013 in a closely-contested matchup that was definitely the flyweight champion’s toughest test to date. Since then, Dodson has won three fights in a row to earn a second crack at the champion this September.
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In addition to the Johnson vs. Dodson rematch, UFC officials also announced several other fights set for UFC 11, including the return of former No. 1 light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.
Johnson has been out of action since his title fight loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 187 in May, and now he will get back into the Octagon against Jan Blachowicz.
Blachowicz made an impressive UFC debut in 2014 with a first-round TKO over Ilir Latifi before dropping a unanimous decision to Jimi Manuwa in his last bout in April.
Now, Blachowicz will face one of the most dangerous fighters in the 205-pound division as he takes on Johnson at UFC 191.
Paige VanZant will also get back in action at UFC 191 against Alex Chambers in a bout that was previously announced while Francisco Rivera takes on former flyweight John Lineker, who moves back up to 135 pounds after failing to make weight in several bouts while competing at 125 pounds in the UFC.
UFC 191 goes down on Saturday, Sept. 5 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.