Highly touted lightweight Justin Gaethje has officially booked his first fight in the UFC.
The undefeated knockout artist, who just recently inked a multi-fight deal with the UFC, will face off with veteran competitor Michael Johnson in the main event at “The Ultimate Fighter” 26 finale on July 7 in Las Vegas.
The new fight was announced as part of the UFC’s Summer Kickoff press conference on Friday in Dallas.
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Gaethje (17-0) was one of the most sought after free agents available in the open market after finishing out his previous contract with World Series of Fighting.
During his time with that promotion, Gaethje reigned as lightweight champion would putting on some of the most thrilling bouts every single time he stepped into the cage. Now Gaethje will look to test himself against the best of the best in the UFC starting with his fight against Johnson.
Johnson (17-11) will look to hand Gaethje his first professional loss as he steps back into the Octagon for the first time since suffering a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov last November at UFC 205.
Prior to that setback, Johnson earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his stunning first round knockout against Dustin Poirier.
Johnson vs. Gaethje will headline the growing “Ultimate Fighter” finale as part of International Fight Week in Las Vegas.