Cruz to Defend Title Against Johnson at UFC on Versus 6

Dominick Cruz. Photo by James Law.

Fresh off of his hard-fought unanimous decision win over Urijah Faber at UFC 132 earlier this month, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz already has his next title defense lined up.

Cruz will reportedly defend his belt against top contender Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Versus 6, which will take place on October 1 from the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The news comes from NBC Sports, quoting UFC President Dana White.

The Cruz-Johnson bout will be the first UFC title fight shown on cable television since Quinton "Rampage" Jackson unified the UFC and PRIDE 205 lb. belts over Dan Henderson at UFC 75 in September 2007.

Prior to avenging his only professional loss against Faber, Cruz had racked up eight straight wins, including successful bantamweight title defense over world-ranked opponents Joseph Benavidez and Scott Jorgensen.

Johnson has reeled off four straight wins since dropping a decision to Brad Pickett in April 2010. "Mighty Mouse" most recently decisioned Miguel Torres in a back-and-forth grappling affair at UFC 130 in May.

UFC on Versus 6 will also feature an important welterweight clash between divisional contenders Charlie Brenneman and Anthony Johnson as well as a lightweight rematch between Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig.

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