Moraga returns against Uyenoyama

John Moraga will make his return to the Octagon against

jiu-jitsu black belt Darren Uyenoyama as part of the December


9 fight card. The flyweight match-up was announced on the

target="_blank">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


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.

The UFC on FOX 9 fight card is as follows:

Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson

Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald

Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown

Chad Mendes vs. Nik Lentz

Scott Jorgensen vs. Ian McCall

Joe Lauzon vs. Mac Danzig

Danny Castillo vs. Edson Barboza

Court McGee vs. Kevin Gastelum