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Report: Champ Demetrious Johnson Out Of UFC 201 Fight Against Wilson Reis

Written by Tom Ngo
July 8th, 2016
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UFC Demetrious Johnson

As if UFC 200 didn’t provide enough drama over the past few days, UFC 201 has now offered up an unpleasant surprise of its own.

According to Globo, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (pictured) has been forced out of the July 30 event against Wilson Reis with an undisclosed injury. The 125-pound affair was slated to co-headline the event.

It is believed the UFC will put Reis on the shelf until Johnson returns. It is unknown how long Johnson will be forced to ride the pine.

Johnson, arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game, has rattled off 10 straight victories, with the last eight being of the title defense variety. “Mighty Mouse” is current tied with former/current interim light heavyweight champ Jon Jones with most consecutive title defenses.
Former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva still holds the UFC mark with 10.

Johnson is coming off February’s quick TKO victory over former Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo. Despite the flak Johnson gets for not being “exciting,” he has finished off five of his past seven victims before the final horn.

Reis has posted a 4-2 record since joining the UFC in 2013. He most recently notched a unanimous decision win over Dustin Ortiz in January.

Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia serves as host.

Here is the card’s current lineup:

Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera

Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton

Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins

Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown

Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic

Damien Brown vs. Cesar Arzamendia

Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Jorge Masvidal

Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler (UFC welterweight champion)

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