UFC 174: 6 Fighters Making Their UFC Debuts
On Saturday night the UFC makes its way to the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. UFC 174 features a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Ali Bagautinov, a welterweight fight between Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley and much more.
The UFC is also bringing former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, who will be facing Brendan Schaub on the pay-per-view card.
This will be Arlovski's first UFC fight since March 2008 when he knocked out Jake O'Brien in the second round.
This may not be his UFC debut, but six other fighters will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time on Saturday night. Let's meet them.
Michinori Tanaka is 9-0 in his career, with five wins by submission and four by decision. In 2011 in his fourth career fight, he won the Shooto rookie title (132 pounds) with a unanimous-decision win over Akihito Ishihara.
In his eighth fight in May 2013, Tanaka won the Pacific Xtreme Combat bantamweight title with a five-round unanimous-decision victory over Crisanto Pitpitunge.
He followed that up a few months later with a five-round unanimous decision over Kyle Aguon to defend his title.
Tanaka will face Roland Delorme in a bantamweight fight in the second—and final—fight on UFC Fight Pass.
Valerie Letourneau is 5-3 in her career, with four wins by TKO and one by submission. Of her three losses, she has only been finished once. In addition, two of her losses came at the hands of Alexis Davis—who is No. 2 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankings—and Sarah Kaufman—who is No. 5. Both of those losses came in 2007.
Two fights ago, Letourneau suffered a split-decision loss to Claudia Gadelha—who was recently signed to the UFC—and after that loss, Letourneau was out for more than two years.
In her first fight since coming back, she scored a TKO win in just 34 seconds. After that fight, she was signed to the UFC.
She will face Elizabeth Phillips in a women's bantamweight fight in the third fight on FX.
Elizabeth Phillips is 4-1 in her career, with two wins by TKO, one by submission and one by decision. Her lone loss came in the first professional fight of her career, which she lost by TKO in the second round. Her amateur record was 3-1-1, and her only loss was due to a guillotine from Jessamyn Duke—No. 14 in UFC rankings.
After Phillips lost her first fight, she won her next fight with a TKO in the third round. After that she beat Kristin Stenzel with a rear-naked choke in just 49 seconds.
Her next fight was another third-round TKO, while her most recent fight was a unanimous-decision victory over Katie Howard.
Including her amateur record, Phillips is 7-2-1, and all of that is since June 2011.
She will face Valerie Letourneau in a women's bantamweight fight in the third fight on FX.
"Ragin" Kajan Johnson—or maybe Kajan "Rajin" Johnson—is 19-10 in his MMA career with four wins by (T)KO, 11 by submission and four by decision.
He clearly has a lot of experience, but his record as of late is far better than his early record. In his first 14 fights, he went 6-8 with four finishes while also getting finished four times. Since then, he is 13-2-1 with 11 finishes, eight submissions and three (T)KOs.
His most notable opponent has been Rory MacDonald, whom he faced in 2007 when MacDonald was just 5-0 and 18 years old. MacDonald won by third-round TKO.
Johnson is currently on a two-fight win streak. Two fights ago he won a unanimous decision over Ryan Healy, and in his last fight he submitted Richie Whitson in just less than four minutes.
Johnson will face Tae Hyun Bang in a lightweight matchup in the first fight on FX.
Jason Saggo is 9-1 in his MMA career with one win by TKO and eight by submission. The rear-naked choke is his best weapon, as he has finished five of his fights with it.
His is currently on a four-fight win streak, including having won his last three fights all by rear-naked choke. The fight before that ended in a third-round TKO.
His only career loss came in 2011 against Jesse Ronson, who had his first UFC fight in 2013.
Saggo's last fight was in July 2013, so he's been out for almost a year. Hopefully, it won't affect him too much when he steps inside the Octagon for the first time.
He will face Josh Shockley in a lightweight fight in the first bout of the night, which can be seen on UFC Fight Pass.
Josh Shockley is 11-2 in his MMA career, with three wins by (T)KO, five by submission and three by decision.
He previously fought in Bellator, where he had a record of 2-2. One of his wins came over UFC veteran Shamar Bailey, while one of the losses came against Toby Imada. Both of his career losses were first-round submissions.
He lost his final fight with Bellator, but he is 2-0 in two fights since. His first one was an opening-round submission victory, and his most recent was a unanimous-decision victory.
He will face Jason Saggo in a lightweight fight in the first bout of the night, which can be seen on UFC Fight Pass.