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MIGUEL TORRES VS. DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON AT UFC 130

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Matt Erickson reports at MMA Fighting that Brad Pickett has pulled out his scheduled UFC 130 fight against Miguel Torres. Torres will instead face Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

The Pickett/Torres matchup seemingly would have been a more pleasing fight stylistically, as Pickett likes to push the pace and strike. But Johnson relies on his wrestling ability. He also stands just 5’3″, so we could see something very similar to the Torres/Banuelos fight. Torres could use his reach advantage to jab and keep Johnson on the outside, denying him the takedown.

Torres was criticized by some following the Banuelos fight, accused of playing it safe and providing fans with a boring fight. That was Torres’ first official fight in the UFC, so expect him to bring a bit more in the Johnson fight.

Johnson has been a grinder since joining the WEC. His first fight was a loss to Pickett, but then he rattled off 3 straight wins over Nick Pace, Damacio Page and Kid Yamamoto at UFC 126. All 4 of those WEC/UFC bouts went into the 3rd round, 3 of them going to decisions. Johnson does have plenty of speed, as he showed against Kid Yamamoto. But Torres is a much better fighter on the ground than Yamamoto.

UFC 130 will take place on May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena is Las Vegas.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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