History will be made at June 14’s UFC 174 from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, when UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson will take on No. 5-ranked contender Ali Bagautinov in the first-ever 125-pound bout to headline a UFC pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Currently occupying the No. 5 spot on the UFC pound-for-pound list, Johnson has defended his belt at three straight UFC on FOX events. He was most recently seen blasting Joseph Benavidez with a shockingly powerful knockout at last December’s UFC on FOX 9. Prior to that, he defeated top contenders Jon Moraga and John Dodson in a devastating 2013 for “Mighty Mouse.”
He’ll face a tough challenge in Bagautinov, who is 3-0 since making his way to UFC in September 2013. He last competed at UFC 169 in February, winning a decision over notorious power puncher John “Hands of Stone” Lineker. The Dagestani-born Combat Sambo champion also beat Tim Elliott and Marco Vinicius during his quick run to a UFC title shot.
With the headliner set, UFC 174 also features a potential welterweight title eliminator bout in the form of Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley.
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