Demetrious Johnson to defend title against Wilson Reis in UFC 201 co-headliner

A second title fight has been added to UFC 201.

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is set to defend his title for the ninth time against #8 ranked Wilson Reis in the co-headliner of the event, which takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. The winner of this bout will defend the flyweight title against the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Season 24 in December.

Demetrious Johnson (24-2-1) has not lost since dropping down to flyweight in 2012 when the UFC first opened the division. The 29-year old, who is arguably the current best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, has won ten straight fights, which includes his 2012 victory over Joseph Benavidez to win the inaugural 125-pound title. In his last bout, he stopped Olympic gold-medalist Henry Cejudo in the opening round in just under three minutes with perfectly-placed knees to the body followed by punches.

Wilson Reis (20-6) has gone 3-1 since his move to flyweight in 2014. Prior to that, Reis had put together a five-fight win streak, three of which came by submission, which was snapped by Iuri Alcantara who he lost to via split-decision. Reis’ most recent bout is a unanimous decision win over #9 ranked Dustin Ortiz at UFC on FOX 18.

UFC 201 will take place on July 30 at the Phillip’s Arena in Atlanta, Georgia and will be headlined by a welterweight title fight between challenger Tyron Woodley and champion Robbie Lawler.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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