UFC 186 adds Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi; loses MacDonald vs. Lombard
UFC 186 in Montreal has added a second title fight as a new co-main event with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson facing Kyoji Horiguchi, but the new bout comes at the expense of a welterweight title eliminator that was also scheduled for the show.
The original co-main event between Rory MacDonald and Hector Lombard has been removed from the upcoming card on April 25 from Montreal. UFC officials didn't give a reason for the fight being removed from the card, only stating that information about each man's next move would be announced in the near future.
It remains a mystery if MacDonald and Lombard will still fight each other or get shifted in a new direction instead.
As for the new title fight -- Johnson (21-2-1) will look to make his sixth consecutive title defense when he returns in April. Johnson is the only flyweight champion the UFC has ever known and his dominant performances have eliminated virtually every competitor standing in his way since winning the belt in 2012.
Horiguchi (13-1) will earn his first UFC title shot in April after going undefeated thus far in his career with the promotion.
Most recently, Horiguchi dispatched of former Ultimate Fighter competitor Louis Gaudinot to pick up his fourth win in the UFC and ninth consecutive win overall.
Johnson vs. Horiguchi joins the main event on the card pitting T.J. Dillashaw against Renan Barao in a bantamweight title bout also slated for UFC 186.