The veteran has been booked to fight the highly regarded fighter on July 30, in the co-headliner of UFC 201. Recently Reis spoke with MMA Junkie.com, and while discussing his title shot, he stated:
“I was happy, but not surprised. Not after they announced (Joseph) Benavidez vs. (Henry) Cejudo…
“So a month ago, they showed a picture of the top-10. Johnson had beat six of them. The only ones he hadn’t fought in the rankings were (Jussier) Formiga, (Zach) Makovsky or Dustin (Ortiz). But they were all coming from losses. The only well-ranked one coming off a win was me. It made sense.”
From that vantage point, the fight shouldn’t come as a shocker. Since TUF 24 will award a title shot later this year, however, many people believed Johnson’s next bout wouldn’t take place until then.
UFC 201 will take place Atlanta, Georgia.