On Saturday, June 14, the UFC hosted UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s flyweight title was on the line as champion Demetrious Johnson looked for his fourth title defense against Dagestan native Ali Bagautinov. After seeing the scorecards in his first seven Octagon appearances, Johnson had made a statement with back-to-back finishes of John Moraga and Joseph Benavidez in his last two bouts. Bagautinov, meanwhile, stepped into his title challenge riding an 11-fight winning streak, including three straight in the UFC.

The night’s co-main event pitted two top-ranked welterweights against one another as Canada’s Rory MacDonald clashed with former Strikeforce title challenger Tyron Woodley.

Rounding out the main card was a light heavyweight bout between Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader and former Strikeforce champion Rafael Cavalcante, a heavyweight collision between former champion Andrei Arlovski and TUF runner-up Brendan Schaub, and another 205-pound affair between Ovince St. Preux and Canadian karate practitioner, Ryan Jimmo.

The 11-fight card kicked off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET with two fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional bouts followed on FX on at 8 p.m. ET, with the pay-per-view main card beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

Main Card Summary

It was a clean sweep on the judges’ scorecards for flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson over Ali Bagautinov. Johnson dominated the Russian challenger throughout the fight. Johnson’s speed advantage got his strikes through at will and defended anything Bagautinov had to offer. A new wrinkle to Johnson’s game in this fight was his clinch game and knees. Bagautinov wanted to use his sambo to take the fight to the mat, but Johnson defended and the two men ended up in the clinch. When they were in that clinch, Bagautinov’s mid-section and chin were met with multiple knees from “Mighty Mouse.” Johnson landed some very powerful shots, including a head kick that landed flush. Bagautinov managed to stay upright, but was thoroughly dominated. The champion even admitted to being surprised by the challenger’s toughness post-fight. The win earned Johnson his fourth title defense and his sixth straight victory overall.

Rory MacDonalad dominated Tyron Woodley from start to finish to earn the unanimous decision victory in the co-main event of the evening. MacDonald lived up to his potential more than ever before against another fast-rising prospect. One of the biggest factors in the bout was MacDonald’s aggressiveness. Woodley looked a bit taken back from MacDonald taking the center of the Octagon from the opening bell and it nullified his own aggressiveness. MacDonald kept Woodley’s back against the cage all night and picked him apart with his signature jabs and front kicks. MacDonald defended the takedowns of Woodley and even took the former University of Missouri wrestler down in the final round. MacDonald stayed in control and got one step closer to that ever elusive title shot in front of a hometown crowd.

Ryan Bader’s wrestling was the difference in a dominant decision victory over Rafael Cavalcante. Bader did not want to mess with the knockout power of the Brazilian and took the fight to the ground early. Bader was heavy on Cavalcante’s back with Cavalcante down on his knees for a large portion of the fight. From that position Bader reigned down with punches and knees over the first two rounds including a vicious knee to the body at the end of the first and some knees to the tailbone in the second. Cavalcante finally looked like himself early in the third. Cavalcante swung for the fences looking for the finish, but he just didn’t have much left. Once Cavalcante’s cardio started to fade Bader took him down and landed punches from the full guard until the final bell.

Andrei Arlovski’s return to the UFC wasn’t as spectacular as he had hoped, but it was still a victory over Brendan Schaub. Early in the fight it was Arlovski who was moving forward and pressing Schaub up against the cage. Schaub would fire back with looping punches from distance, but Arlovski was still able to connect with some short counter shots. The second round was similar to the first. Schaub connected on one of his big punches in the round, but that was really the only offense he was able to produce. “The Pitbull” still controlled the center of the Octagon and landed counter shots and leg kicks. The third round was Schaub’s due to a takedown and hammer fists, but by the end of the round it was the American who looked worse for wear. The right side of his face looked like he had a baseball inside his cheek due to an Arlovski hook. The fight could have gone either way in the end, but two judges awarded the fight to the former heavyweight champion Arlovski.

Ovince Saint Preux continued his rise through the light heavyweight division with a victory over Ryan Jimmo. The first round was a good technical striking battle with Jimmo keeping Saint Preux at bay by utilizing kicks. Saint Preux seemed to gain confidence throughout the round though and took Jimmo down and landed some solid strikes at the bell. Saint Preux continued with his momentum in the second round he opened up with his striking. When Jimmo went back to the kicks, Saint Preux caught the kick, followed it up with a punch and took the fight to the ground. Saint Preux transitioned to Jimmo’s back and started looking for submissions. Saint Preux couldn’t lock up a choke, but when he started to look for an arm lock, Jimmo told the referee that his arm was broken and the fight was called off.

Preliminary Card Summary

Kiichi Kunimoto ended the preliminary bouts in amazing fashion by submitting Daniel Sarafian in the first round. Kunimoto got his second win inside the Octagon by taking advantage of his first takedown of the night. Sarafian gave up his back and as soon as he did, Kunimoto locked up a rear-naked choke. Sarafian attempted to fight it off, but in the end he had no choice but to tap out.

Valerie Letourneau and Elizabeth Phillips brought the house down with a great striking battle. In the end, Letourneau was able to score the victory by split decision in a fight that was the UFC debut for both women. The fight was a battle of technical striking against power shots. Phillips scored with one of those huge power shots in the first round. By the end of the first round Letourneau’s left eye was as black as night and nearly swollen shut. Letourneau would not let that define her first fight under the Zuffa banner. Throughout the final two rounds she out struck the Washington native, staying crisp with both punches and kicks. Letourneau’s best weapon seemed to be the uppercut and two of the judges awarded her the final two rounds for the split decision victory.

Yves Jabouin got the win over Mike Easton in a battle of two bantamweights in desperate need of a victory. Jabouin’s ability to vary his attack was vital in his unanimous decision nod. Jabouin, who is known primarily for his striking, surprised Easton by taking him to the ground early in the fight. Easton was able to reverse and end up on top late in the first, but it was Jabouin who clearly won the round. In the second Jabouin went back to his bread and butter. He threw in elbows and spinning kicks to counter Easton’s crisp boxing. Easton had his best outing in the third. He connected with the same boxing that he utilized in the second round and also was in top control for a good portion of the round. It was just too little too late and Easton suffered his fourth straight decision loss.

Tae Hyun Bang was bloodied up by Kajun Johnson, but he ultimately knocked out the Canadian in the third round. The fight was a back-and-forth battle over the first two rounds. Both men had their fair share of success on the feet. Bang dropped Johnson with a left hand in the first that seemed to turn the fight more in his favor. In the second round Johnson returned the favor with some damage of his own. Bang’s mouth was busted up from a Johnson elbow. Bang continued to do what it took to stay in the fight and make the rounds close by scoring takedowns. Johnson’s weapon of choice throughout the fight. He never really connected cleanly and him going back to the well too many times is ultimately what did him in. Bang caught one of those head kicks and followed it up with a right hand. Just like that Johnson was out cold.

Michinori Tanaka’s grappling was the difference in a unanimous decision victory over Roland Delorme. Delorme had brief success on the feet in all three rounds, but Tanaka got the fight to the ground at will every time. Tanaka used smothering ground control and punches to beat up Delorme for fifteen minutes. After the final bell Delorme was bloodied up and fell by a unanimous decision on the scorecards.

Jason Saggo dominated Josh Shockley with a TKO late in the first round to win his UFC debut in front of his home country. Saggo used his grappling prowess to take down Shockley early and often. The second trip to the ground was where Saggo really took advantage. He advanced to mount and went to work with ground-and-pound. Very late in the round Shockley gave up his back and Saggo opened up and it was enough to get the stoppage with only seconds left in the round.

FULL RESULTS
Demetrious Johnson def. Ali Bagautinov by unanimous decision (50-45 x3) – for flyweight title
Rory MacDonald def. Tyron Woodley by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Ryan Bader def. Rafael Cavalcante by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Andrei Arlovski def. Brendan Schaub by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Ovince Saint Preux def. Ryan Jimmo by TKO (verbal submission due to arm injury). Round 2, 2:10
Kiichi Kunimoto def. Daniel Sarafian by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:52
Valerie Letourneau def. Elizabeth Phillips by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Yves Jabouin def. Mike Easton by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Tae Hyun Bang def. Kajun Johnson by knockout (punch). Round 3, 2:01
Michinori Tanaka def. Roland Delorme by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Jason Saggo def. Josh Shockley by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:57

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.