Dana White has promised to give all the fighters on the current season of the Ultimate Fighter a bout in the UFC, but that has not stopped the promotion from filling up the finale for the current season. It was announced that the card will be headlined by a flyweight title bout between Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga on April 13 in Las Vegas, N.V. It will also be held at the Hard Rock Hotel instead of the Palms because of the dispute White had with the Palms at the end of last year.
The two bouts announced today could have a big impact on all the fighters involved. Daniel Pineda takes on Justin Lawrence and Cole Miller will fight Bart Palaszewski, and it is possible that the loser of these two fights could be out of a job. Miller dropped to featherweight in hopes of being more of a contender than gatekeeper, but with two straight losses he has not lived up to the potential he showed at 155. Coincidently, Palaszewski did the same thing, and while his debut at 145 went well with a knockout over Tyson Griffin, losses to Hatsu Hioki and Diego Nunes took away all the steam from the Griffin fight. Now both may be fighting to stay in the Octagon after recent missteps.
Pineda was the UFC’s resident late-replacement fighter in 2012, and had a total of four fights in six months. The problem is that a knockout loss to Antonio Carvalho and decision loss to former featherweight champion Mike Brown made Pineda slow down. He returns after a layoff to face Lawrence, who is a few fights removed from his TUF journey. Lawrence was impressive in his debut with a head-kick knockout over John Cofer, but Max Holloway returned the favor with a knee to the body. With finishes like that, this fight is most likely not bound for the judges.