The bantamweight clash was originally scheduled to go down at UFC Vegas 31 on July 17, but was cancelled during fight week after one of “Berinja’s” coaches tested positive for COVID-19. Dos Santos’ test came back negative.
Johns (11-1) is looking to keep the momentum going after a third-round knockout over Kevin Natividad this past October, which earned a Performance of the Night bonus at UFC Vegas 12.
The former LFA bantamweight champion has won two of three in the UFC since his victorious appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series.
Dos Santos (21-8) lost his first two UFC bouts in 2018 and 2019, dropping decisions to Nad Narimani and Andre Ewell at featherweight and bantamweight, respectively, but rebounded with a first-round guillotine choke over Martin Day in November 2020.
UFC 265 will be headlined by a pair of championship bouts, with Derrick Lewis taking on undefeated Ciryl Gane for the interim heavyweight strap and Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight gold opposite Julianna Pena.