On Tuesday afternoon the UFC announced the scheduled co-main event between Rory MacDonald and Hector Lombard has officially been pulled from the main card of UFC 186. No reason was given for the sudden change, which makes the decision all the more curious as the winner of this bout was expected to be named the new number one contender at 170-pounds.

In its place will be a UFC flyweight championship contest between reigning champion Demetrious Johnson and hard-hitting Japanese import Kyoji Horiguchi.

Johnson (21-2-1), who is widely considered to be on the top 5 pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, will enter this bout looking to make it five straight title defense since earning the inaugural 125-pound belt back in 2012. In his most recent bout, ‘Mighty Mouse’ submitted Chris Cariaso with a picture perfect kimura halfway threw the second round in their main event matchup at UFC 178 in September. Prior to this win, Johnson earned decision over Ali Baagautinov and a lightning quick first TKO over longtime rival Joseph Benavidez. He currently holds 12 career stoppage wins, including eight by way of submission.

Horiguchi (15-1), a former Shooto bantamweight champion, will enter this bout riding an impressive nine fight win streak, including three straight under the UFC banner. In his most recent outing he earned a decision over Louis Gaudinot at UFC 182 in January. Prior to this win he earned two TKO wins over Dustin Pague and Jon Delos Reye, giving him nine career such wins in his career.

UFC 186 is currently scheduled to take place on April 25th at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and former champion Renan Barão will serve as the main event.

 

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