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UFC on FOX 8 Adds Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga Headliner; Matt Mitrione Comes Off Suspension to Fight Brendan Schaub

(John Moraga leaves Ulysses Gomez in a heap during his Octagon debut at UFC on FOX 4. Photo via Esther Lin/MMAFighting)

The UFC on FOX 8 bookings continue to pile up, with a pair of high-profile matchups announced last night by the UFC. First off, the July 27th event in Seattle now has an official main event: flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson vs. fast-rising challenger John Moraga, a matchup that was originally supposed to headline the TUF 17 Finale earlier this month before Mighty Mouse was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Johnson is coming off his first title defense in January — a unanimous decision win over John Dodson at UFC on FOX 6 — while Moraga’s two-fight stint in the UFC has produced stoppage victories over Ulysses Gomez and Chris Cariaso…and that’s pretty much all it takes to get a title-shot at 125 pounds these days. Before starting his MMA career, Moraga was a two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State University, and he currently trains at The Lab in Phoenix alongside Benson Henderson and Jamie Varner.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the fighter-weight spectrum, Matt Mitrione‘s suspension for being a jackass has ended after a long, arduous 15 days. (Meanwhile, War Machine is still allowed to speak freely. What a country.) That’s right, Meathead is being allowed back from time-out to fight Brendan Schaub at the UFC on FOX 8 event. Both fighters recently snapped two-fight losing streaks, with Mitrione hipbone-KO’ing Phil De Fries in 19 seconds at UFC on FUEL 9, and Schaub playing it safe against Lavar Johnson at UFC 157. I’m not calling this one a “win or get fired” fight, but let’s just say both men need to put on a good performance here to get back on the promotion’s good side.

And finally, that rumored Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche women’s bantamweight fight appears to be a go for UFC on FOX 8 as well. Your thoughts on the matchups?

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Sho Nuff- April 25, 2013 at 8:40 am
@JJ I do know that, I even mention it in the post. I just wanted to make sure you guys were self aware here so we don't see Matt's hipbone get the KO of the year.
crappiefloper- April 25, 2013 at 7:53 am
Johnson v. Moraga will be great.
Tate v. Liz will be entertaining too.
As for Mitrione v. Schaub? Uh, no. No not at all.

In fact, I would be far more interested in Mitrione v. Pen fifteen in a debate about transsexual rights. United rules of arguing with special ed kids dictates clearly that Pen must limit his vocabulary to two syllable words. However also clearly stated is that,"cause" is not a definitive argument, thus providing a level playing field.
Goog- April 25, 2013 at 7:46 am
Since no one else has the balls to say it, I will.

Brendan Shaub is a disgusting freak.
J.Jones- April 25, 2013 at 7:23 am
@ Sho Nuff - You know that CP likes to embellish things for the sake of having a little fun from time to time. You know that, right?
Sho Nuff- April 25, 2013 at 6:56 am
You know that Matt landed that short right hook to the back of the ear as they were coming in and you just keep going for the hip bone KO joke because it makes a better story. You know that, right?