A pair of bantamweight bouts has been added to May's UFC 130 card in Las Vegas.
They include Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Renan Barao (25-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (18-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Chris Cariaso (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the fights, which take place May 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a lightweight title fight and third match between champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.
The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, though the two bantamweights bouts likely will be part of a preliminary card that could be broadcast or streamed in some form.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) previously reported, the Johnson vs. Barao bout initially was expected to take place at The Ultimate Fighter 13. Instead, it'll take a few weeks earlier at UFC 130.
Johnson this past month turned in a masterful performance against the highly regarded Yamamoto. Johnson, nicknamed "Mighty Mouse," schooled the Japanese star on the mat and avoided damage on the feet to win a unanimous decision. It was his third straight win, which included a pair of victories in the WEC.
Fellow WEC vet Barao comes to the octagon on the strength of a virtually unblemished professional career in six years of competition. The Brazilian graduated from the lighter-weighted sibling of the UFC following back-to-back WEC wins over Anthony Leone and Cariaso. He now has posted 25 straight wins since an unsuccessful pro debut in 2005.
Meanwhile, Yamamoto once was one of the world's top-ranked fighters following a 14-fight win streak from 2002 to 2007. However, with the loss to Johnson in his highly anticipated UFC debut, he's now lost three of his past four fights.
Cariaso, a former EliteXC and Strikeforce fighter who went 1-1 in the WEC, recently posted a successful UFC debut. At UFC Fight Night 23, he scored a decision win over Will Campuzano for his fourth win in five fights.
The latest UFC 130 card includes:
Champ Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard (for lightweight title)
Matt Hamill vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson
Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve
Jorge Santiago vs. Brian Stann
Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story
Brad Pickett vs. Miguel Torres
Renan Barao vs. Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson
Chris Cariaso vs. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto