Johnson vs Reis, Souza vs Whittaker added to UFC on FOX 24

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Demetrious Johnson will look to tie Anderson Silva’s UFC record of ten consecutive title defenses at UFC on FOX 24.

The UFC announced on Saturday that the flyweight champion will headline the card against #4 ranked flyweight Wilson Reis in addition to a co-main event bout between “Jacare” Souza and Robert Whittaker. Johnson and Reis were originally expected to meet back at UFC 201 but an injury forced Johnson off the card.

Johnson (25-2-1) has defended his title nine times since winning the belt with a split-decision victory over Joseph Benavidez in 2012. Five of the nine defenses have come by way of stoppage, all of which earned a post-fight bonus. His most recent win came over Tim Elliot by unanimous decision last December. Reis (22-6) is on a three-fight win streak which includes unanimous decisions over Dustin Ortiz and Ulka Sasaki as well as a first-round submission of Hector Sandoval.

Souza (24-4, 1 NC) is 10-1 in his last eleven bouts with the only loss coming by a razor-close split-decision at the hands of Yoel Romero. More recently, Souza stopped both Vitor Belfort and Tim Boetsch in the first round. Whittaker (17-4) rides a six-fight win streak with his last bout being a head kick knockout of Derek Brunson in November, earning himself Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night bonuses.

UFC on FOX 24 takes place on April 15 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.


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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