Upcoming bout: vs. Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson at UFC 174 on Jun. 14 for the flyweight championship
Key to victory: Be the better wrestler
On Saturday, Russian sensation Ali Bagautinov will have his hands full with the pound-for-pound fastest fighter in the world.
Blessed with unique quickness, timely combinations and the consistency that would leave any fight fan salivating, Johnson is arguably the most dominant champion in the sport today.
That's why an ultra-strong and even more athletically based wrestler like Bagautinov is going to have to take the champ down, eliminate his ability to land in bunches and test his submission defense that Ian McCall nearly broke a few years back.
We haven't seen the 29-year-old's grappling game all that much due in part to his punishing ground-and-pound attack, but as a budding martial artist training under the Greg Jackson flag, you better believe Bagautinov is going to be ready when any opportunity presents itself.
If he can wrestle Johnson to the mat, keep him there, implement some significant damage, score points and win some rounds, we might see the champ looking for a finish when the fourth and fifth rounds begin.