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Demetrious Johnson takes injured Brad Pickett’s spot against Miguel Torres

Living up to the motto of the character his nickname is based on, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson has “saved the day” by stepping in for an injured Brad Pickett at UFC 130 to take on Miguel Torres. Johnson had previously been set for action against Renan Barao at the Memorial Day Weekend event.

News of the May 28 match-up was reported on the UFC’s website where it was also mentioned a new opponent for Barao will be named in the coming weeks.

Johnson has emerged with his hands raised the last three times he’s stepped into the ring including an impressive outpointing of Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto in February at UFC 126. He is 8-1 overall with the lone loss, interestingly enough, coming to Pickett a year ago at WEC 48 and wins in WEC over Nick Pace and Damacio Page.

In the 39-3 Torres the 24-year old grappler will likely face the toughest challenge of his career given the mulleted Mixed Martial Artist’s heart, well-rounded skillset, and experience. The former WEC 135-pound champ is coming off back-to-back victories including success against Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126. He also holds wins over Charlie Valencia, Yoshiro Maeda, Takeya Mizugaki, and Chase Beebe.

Other fights scheduled for UFC 130 include Frank Edgar defending his lightweight belt against Gray Maynard in addition to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Matt Hamill and Roy Nelson vs. Frank Mir.

PHOTO CREDIT – ZUFFA

4 COMMENTS
  • hindsightufuk says:

    absolutely gutted, Brad Pickett is always in fun fights, love watching Miguel too, but Johnson just has no interest for me at all

  • JOEgun says:

    i am interested in this matchup as well. mighty mouse is so fast with his takedowns and fast in general. i think his speed may definitely give torres trouble. i like both fighters but im pulling for torres.

    maybe torres can time a knee KO when johnson shoots in. or maybe johnson can do to torres what benavides did.

    both guys bring the action. fun fight

  • Im shocked to hear you say that Hindsight…Mighty mouse is always awesome to watch and while I think he may be in over his head I figure so was Pickett. I’d like to see the return of the Angry Torres, his UFC debut was so cautious and methodical, I wanna see him go flyin in there tryin to get all La Raza on people n shit. This should be entertaining.

  • climbarock says:

    Very bad stylistic matchup for Torres. DJ can win this fight by taking down Torres and staying out of trouble on the ground. I’ll go with the upset UD for Mighty Mouse.

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