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UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov Fight Card, TV Info, Predictions and More

Defending champ Demetrious Johnson celebrates after knocking out Joseph Benavidez in the first round of their UFC flyweight mixed martial arts title fight in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 17, 2016

Little guys have to work extra hard for respect. Call it unfair, but call it reality. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson is experiencing this firsthand as he has all but dominated every opponent since moving to the division. 

Still, he's one of the least popular champions in the promotion.

The technically sound speed merchant will put his talents on display and title on the line Saturday night at UFC 174 in Vancouver. His opponent is the relative newcomer from Russia, Ali Bagautinov. This will only be Bagautinov's fourth fight in the UFC.

Those two will main event the festivities.

Since this is the last UFC event before the EA Sports UFC video game releases on June 17, Mighty Mouse will have the perfect mouthpiece for the occasion. 

Expect a ton of promos for the game during the event. Move over, Metro PCS.

The Johnson-Bagautinov bout will be supported by a strong undercard filled with recognizable names and faces. Here's a look at the full card with predictions, start times and viewing information for the entire event. Below the table is a closer look at the three biggest bouts on the card.

UFC 174 Main Card, Start Times, Predictions and Viewing Info
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary7 p.m. ET
MatchupWeight ClassPrediction
Jason Saggo vs. Josh ShockleyLightweightSaggo by submission
Roland Delorme vs. Michinori TanakaBantamweightTanaka by decision
FX Prelims8 p.m. ET
Kajan Johnson vs. Tae Hyun BangLightweightJohnson by decision
Yves Jabouin vs. Mike EastonBantamweightEaston by KO
Valerie Letourneau vs. Elizabeth PhillipsWomen's BantamweightLetourneau by decision
Daniel Sarafian vs. Kiichi KunimotoWelterweightKunimoto by decision
Main Card10 p.m. ET
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ryan JimmoLight HeavyweightSaint Preux by KO
Andrei Arlovski vs. Brendan SchaubHeavyweightSchaub by KO
Ryan Bader vs. Rafael CavalcanteLight HeavyweightBader by TKO
Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron WoodleyWelterweightWoodley by TKO
(c) Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali BagautinovFlyweight ChampionshipJohnson by decision
Card per UFC.com, Predictions by B.Mazique

 

Mighty Mouse's Speed Will Be Too Much for Bagautinov

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While the challenger has ample power to stop anyone in the flyweight division, you can't hit what you can't catch.

Johnson's speed and defensive acumen are what make him one of the best fighters in the world. Bagautinov has never faced an opponent this fast and technically sound. He has a puncher's chance (no pun intended), but don't expect anything more than a dominant five-round display from the champion in a successful title defense.

Once that's done, perhaps he'll rematch with John "The Magician" Dodson. The ultra-explosive Dodson gave Johnson his most competitive fight back in Jan. 2013.

Earlier this month, Dodson stopped John Moraga to maintain his status as a top contender. Dodson believes the UFC is protecting Johnson, but he still sees himself as Mighty Mouse's ultimate conqueror. Dodson told Marc Raimondi of Fox Sports:

They can keep on giving Demetrious Johnson whoever they want to make him look like a better champion, make him look like he can be a spectacular fighter and cement his name in that division. It's gonna make me look better when I knock him out.

That is indeed an interesting bout, but Johnson must take care of business on Saturday first. 

 

Woodley's Speed and Explosiveness Will Overwhelm MacDonald

Jun 15, 2013; Winnipeg, MB, Canada; Jake Shields (left) fights Tyron Woodley during their Welterweight bout at UFC 161 at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
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This is a very difficult bout to predict because MacDonald has a three-inch height advantage and is the more technical striker, while Woodley is the quicker, stronger, more explosive fighter.

Woodley has fight-changing power and explosion. He has proven himself to be a solid wrestler too. His strength and quick-twitch athleticism are tough to game-plan for.

MacDonald will have a difficult time adjusting to the ground Woodley can cover. This will cost him dearly.

At times, MacDonald can be too technical and robotic. In this fight, Woodley's speed will take away MacDonald's ability and time to react and counter. A big punch will put him in peril, while ground-and-pound will lead to a finish and victory for Woodley.

 

Bader's Wrestling Dominance Will Lead Him to Victory

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Though Cavalcante hails from Team Nogueira, a squad noted for its grappling prowess, he isn't as good on the ground as Bader.

This fight might look similar to Bader's bout with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Cavalcante isn't as helpless on the mat as Rampage, but once Bader gains top position, Feijao will be at Darth's mercy. 

This is a good matchup for Bader in a fight he must win to continue to be considered a serious contender at light heavyweight. 

 

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