Johnson vs Reis, Souza vs Whittaker added to UFC on FOX 24
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<p>Demetrious Johnson will look to tie Anderson Silva’s UFC record of ten consecutive title defenses at UFC on FOX 24.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.ufc.com/news/Johnson-seeks-record-tying-win-in-April-bout-against-Reis">The UFC announced</a> 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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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 <em>Performance of the Night </em>and <em>Fight of the Night </em>bonuses.</p>
<p>UFC on FOX 24 takes place on April 15 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.</p>
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.