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Maveryk Allen Johnson will get to see his proud father’s first title defense, if he can stay awake long enough.

Demetrious Johnson and his wife, Destiny, welcomed the newborn on Wednesday. Maveryk weighed in at eight pounds and 13 ounces, just a few away from “Mighty Mouse,” who is the reigning UFC flyweight champion.

“Officially a father of two,” Johnson posted on Instagram, along with a picture of his wife and new son holding a glove with “UFC” on it.

Johnson returns to the Octagon next Saturday, defending his title against Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186.

ufc rankings

Fresh off his victory over Gabriel Gonzaga, Mirko Cro Cop finds himself in the Top-15 of the latest UFC rankings.

Cro Cop, a former top contender in multiple promotions, debuted at No. 15 in the heavyweight rankings.

Stefan Struve also moved up a spot to 14th at heavyweight.

A handful of fighters moved up two spots, including Patrick Cummins (13th, light heavyweight), Zach Makovsky (seventh, flyweight) and Dustin Ortiz (flyweight).

Those climbing a spot each included Thales Leites (ninth, middleweight), welterweights Tarec Saffiedine, Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum, Jake Ellenberger, Rick Story, Thiago Alves, Gunnar Nelson and Ryan LaFlare, while Neil Magny debuted at No. 15.

Saffiedine, Kim, Gastelum, Ellenberger, Story, Alves, Nelson and LaFlare hold down spots 7-through-14.

Eddie Alvarez and Jim Miller are now ninth and 12th at lightweight, while Mitch Gagnon is 13th at bantamweight. Henry Cejudo (ninth), Chris Cariaso (10th), Wilson Reis (13th) and Chico Camus (14th) all moved up at flyweight, while Brad Pickett entered at No. 15.

Jessica Penne and Randa Markos moved up to third and sixth at strawweight, while Maryna Moroz debuted at No. 9. Liz Carmouche is now eighth at bantamweight.

Champions Rafael dos Anjos and Robbie Lawler flipped for eighth and ninth in the pound-for-pound rankings.

Those that fell a spot each included Erik Perez, Josh Thomson, Tony Ferguson, Michael Bisping, Fabio Maldonado, Dan Henderson, Rose Namajunas, Joanne Calderwood, Aisling Daly, Paige VanZant, Juliana Lima, Angela Hill, Seo-Hee Ham and Amanda Nunes.

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Interim UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum feels he is in the same mind-set as before his career-defining win over Fedor Emelianenko.

Werdum will unify the title with Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 in Mexico this June. He won the interim title with a finish of Mark Hunt last year after an injury knocked Velasquez out.

“When I beat Fedor, I had the same feeling,” said Werdum, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “I’m very confident. I don’t think I’ll lose the fight. I’m going to win for sure.”

Werdum (19-5-1) is a perfect 5-0 since returning to the UFC in 2012, earning wins over Roy Nelson, Mike Russow, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Travis Browne and Hunt. His last loss came in 2011 to Alistair Overeem via decision after earning a first round submission of Emelianenko while both were in Strikeforce.

Ever the student, Werdum knows where the strengths of the UFC champion are, and he plans to test him there.

“I think Cain has good boxing, good wrestling and good conditioning,” Werdum said. “But if he takes me down, I say ‘thank you.’ I’m good. It’s my home.

“I think he’ll stay there; I’ll finish him.”

During the interview, Werdum heard from Daniel Cormier, who is a close friend and training partner for Velasquez at American Kickboxing Academy.

“The UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez, told me to tell you to stop carrying the belt everywhere,” Cormier said. “It’s making him mad. If you take it to the Florida media tour, he’s going to take it away from you.

“To be the man, you have to beat the man.”

Werdum laughed at the comments, saying “I love him” to Cormier.

“Five years ago, he helped me with a lot of training with wrestling,” he continued. “When we first met, I took him down. I took him down three times. He grabbed me in a double-leg and took me down and I got him in an armbar.”

ufc on fox 15

The UFC heads to New Jersey this Saturday night, returning to FOX for UFC on FOX 15.

In the main event, middleweight contenders Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold square off. Also, the co-main boasts fellow 170-pound contenders in Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Chris Camozzi after an injury knocked Yoel Romero out.

Max Holloway and Cub Swanson meet in a featherweight bout, while female strawweights Felice Herrig and Paige VanZant open the FOX main card at 8 p.m. ET after prelims, which also air on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

Jim Miller vs. Beneil Dariush begin the FOX prelims at 6 p.m. ET after three bouts air on Fight Pass starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (FOX/8 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold

Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Chris Camozzi

Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Max Holloway

Female Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Felice Herrig

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX/6 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Beneil Dariush

Light Heavyweight: Patrick Cummins vs. Ovince St. Preux

Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante

Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling vs. Takeya Mizugaki

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4:30 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Tim Means vs. George Sullivan

Featherweight: Jimy Hettes vs. Diego Brandao

Middleweight: Eddie Gordon vs. Chris Dempsey

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Aljamain Sterling sees just another number by the name Takeya Mizugaki ahead of their bantamweight bout this Saturday night at UFC on FOX 15.

Sterling and Mizugaki will be open up the prelims on FOX from the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

Originally, Sterling (10-0) was going to fight veteran Manny Gamburyan at the card. However, when an injury knocked Gamburyan out, the sixth-ranked Mizugaki (20-8-2) agreed to step in.

When the 25-year-old former two-time Div. III All-American wrestler heard about the fight change, he didn’t sweat it, telling FightLine, “my thoughts were that the UFC was ready to introduce the ‘Funk’ to a bigger audience and show everyone what I can do.

“It’s just big in rankings, but that’s it. Just a change in a number. My team and I will be ready and no one will boo.”

Sterling admitted that he the only hesitation he felt in regards to accepting Mizugaki as a replacement in regards to promoting the bout, saying “I wanted to fight one more time to build momentum before a top-notch fight like this,” saying he feels that the bout is “not getting the press and push it deserves.

Since debuting in the UFC last year, Sterling has scored a decision over Cody Gibson and a third round TKO vs. Hugo Viana.

“I’m unranked so maybe that’s why (there’s been less talk),” he said. “Sometimes, opportunities come when we least expect it. It’s up to you to be ready.

“As (NFL superstar Marshawn) Lynch would say, ‘You know why I’m here!'”

Despite all that, being a native of the East Coast and with the chance to compete presented to him in front of family and friends, Sterling plans to “come alive in the night-time.

“When those lights go dim and the crowd roars for their fighters,” he said. “It’ll be energizing and motivating!”

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