On Saturday, April 15, the UFC will make its long awaited debut in Kansas City for UFC on Fox 24: Johnson vs. Reis.

The event will be headlined by the sport’s current pound-for-pound king, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. The flyweight champion will look to cement his place in the sport’s history with his 10th consecutive title defense when he battles Brazilian Wilson Reis. Johnson has not tasted defeat since the promotion opened the 125-pound division in 2012, most recently defeating Tim Elliott in December. Reis was originally scheduled to face Johnson at UFC 201, but the bout fell through due to injury. The 32-year-old has won three straight and five of his last six inside the Octagon.

Also on the main card, former strawweight title challenger Rose Namajunas meets former Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson. The winner may be the next to compete for the 115-pound belt.

The 13-fight event kicks off Saturday, April 15, from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Five fights will stream live on UFC Fight Pass at 4 p.m. ET, with four additional prelims airing live on Fox at 6 p.m. ET. The four-fight main card airs at 8 p.m. ET, also on Fox.

Below are photos of the event’s open workouts shot by Jeff Vulgamore of Combat Press. The workouts featured headliners Demetrious Johnson, Wilson Reis, Michelle Waterson, Rose Namajunas, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Robert Whittaker. Click an image below for a larger version.

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Jeff Vulgamore
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Based in Kansas City, Jeff has been an avid follower of the sport of MMA for years. He has supported nearly every promotion to visit the Midwest. Jeff began shooting events for The MMA Corner, but he has since moved on to his current position as a staff photographer for Combat Press.

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