Brazil’s Lucas Rocha (17-1) is set to make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut against Jose Johnson (16-8) on April 6 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. News of the flyweight scrap was first reported by Super Lutas on Wednesday and later confirmed by Rocha on his Instagram Stories.
Currently on a six-fight win streak, “Fenomeno” earned a UFC contract by starching Davi Bittencourt with a knee and follow-up punches in an appearance on the 2023 season of DWCS. The 23-year-old has performed 14 of his 17 professional wins via stoppage, including 10 knockouts on his ledger.
Meanwhile, Johnson will drop to 135 pounds after a submission win over Chad Anheliger in late 2023. The triumph put him back in the win column after Da'Mon Blackshear hit a twister on him at UFC on ESPN 51 earlier in the year. “No Way Jose” made his way to the organization by winning three straight, including a decision over Jack Cartwright on the 2022 edition of DWCS that got him signed to the roster.
UFC Fight Night 240, which takes place on April 6 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, will be headlined by a middleweight clash between former title challenger Marvin Vettori and rising contender Brendan Allen. The card will also feature the return of the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight champion, Germaine de Randamie, in a bantamweight tilt against fellow former 145er Norma Dumont.