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Tucson gym owner gets UFC title shot

After winning a title in Canada, Sahuarita's Anthony Birchak gets a UFC shot. After winning a title in Canada, Sahuarita's Anthony Birchak gets a UFC shot.
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LAS VEGAS, NV -

Chris Cariaso's UFC flyweight title bout just got a whole lot bigger.

The mixed martial arts organization announced Tuesday that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones suffered a leg injury while training for his bout against No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier, forcing the postponement of the title fight.

With Jones injured, UFC 178 will now be headlined by the UFC flyweight title bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and surging contender Cariaso.

The Johnson-Cariaso bout moves from its originally scheduled date of Saturday, Aug. 30 in Sacramento to Saturday, Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Cariaso, who owns Rise Combat Sports on Tucson's east side, is 17-5 as a professional and 7-3 since with UFC. He's getting his first title shot despite being just the divisions 8th ranked contender.

Jones will now battle bitter rival Cormier in their highly anticipated title showdown on Saturday, Jan. 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

It was also announced on Tuesday that 2004 Sahuarita High School grad Anthony Birchak will be added to the UFC 177 fight card in Sacramento for a bantamweight bout against Joe Soto.

Birchak will be making his UFC debut and after winning the bantamweight title on the Canadian Maximum Fighting Championship circuit.

He's 11-1 since turning pro in 2009.

UFC® 178: JOHNSON vs. CARIASO will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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