UFC 174, which goes down on June 14th from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, now has its main-event. Joe Ferrero at SportsNet is reporting that Demetrious Johnson will put his flyweight title on the line against Ali Bagautinov.
The news has since been retweeted by the UFC Canada Twitter account.
Johnson returns to the octagon for the first time since his stunning first round knockout of Joseph Benavidez at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez II back on December 14th. The victory was his second win over Benavidez and helped firmly place his name in the discussion of best pound-4-pound fighters.
Bagautinov gets the title fight on the heels of an impressive 11-fight winning streak, which includes a 3-0 mark inside the octagon. The young Russian has only been fighting professionally in MMA for under five years, and yet finds himself fighting for a major title.
UFC 174 also includes a fight in the welterweight division with huge title implications, as Rory MacDonald takes on the surging Tyron Woodley.
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Izzy’s Input: I think that we can all agree that Bagautinov is the next challenger by default. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great opponent, but only in the UFC’s flyweight division, can you defeat Marcos Vinicius, Tim Elliott, and John Lineker and get a shot at a title. Johnson, on the other hand, has defeated Ian McCall, John Dodson, John Moraga, and Benavidez twice. He will undoubtedly, and rightly so, be the overwhelming favorite going into this fight. While this should be a good fight, come June 14th, at UFC 174 Bagautinov will more than likely become the sixth straight conquest of “Mighty Mouse.”
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