Mighty Mouse vs. Bagautinov Headlines UFC 174
UFC 174 in Vancouver is starting to take shape, with an expected headliner of Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs Ali “Puncher King” Bagautinov, as announced by UFC officials.
Johnson (19-2-1, 7-1-1 UFC), will look to continue what has proven to be a dominant UFC title run. Since capturing the inaugural Flyweight title in 2012, Johnson has won three straight, including a decision over heavy hitter John Dodson and finishes over John Moraga and Joseph Benavidez, firmly establishing himself as a pound-for-pound great.
Bagautinov (13-2, 3-0 UFC), is one of the brightest prospects out of Dagestan, earning his shot with an undefeated run in the UFC, knocking out Marcos Vinicus, and winning hard-fought decisions over top 125ers Tim Elliot and John Lineker. While initially slightly hesitant to take the title shot, Bagautinov has apparently changed his mind, and is certainly a deserving contender.
UFC 174 takes place in Vancouver, Canada, and also features a co-headlining bout between top Welterweight contenders Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley.