UFC 174: Start Time, TV Schedule and Picks for Johnson vs. Bagautinov Fight Card

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UFC 174: Start Time, TV Schedule and Picks for Johnson vs. Bagautinov Fight Card
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The main event for Saturday’s UFC 174 pay-per-view features a marquee UFC flyweight championship bout between defending champion Demetrious Johnson and No. 1 contender Ali Bagautinov.

While the main event will be an exciting matchup, there is a deep card full of potentially show-stealing battles worthy of the PPV card.

Here is all the vital viewing information for Saturday’s show, the full match card with predictions and the matchup fans can’t afford to miss.

 

Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada

When: Saturday, June 14 at 10 p.m. EDT    

Watch: Pay-per-view (local service provider)

Live Stream: UFC.com

 

Full UFC 174 Fight Card
Matchup Weight Class Prediction
Main Card 10 p.m. ET
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Ali Bagautinov Flyweight Championship Johnson via Decision
Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley Welterweight Woodley via TKO
Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante Light Heavyweight Bader via Decision
Andrei Arlovski vs. Brendan Schaub Heavyweight Arlovski via TKO
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ryan Jimmo Light Heavyweight Jimmo via Decision
FX Prelims 8 p.m. ET
Kajan Johnson vs. Tae Hyun Bang Lightweight Johnson via TKO
Yves Jabouin vs. Mike Easton Bantamweight Jabouin via Decision
Valerie Letourneau vs. Elizabeth Phillips Women's Bantamweight Letourneau via Decision
Daniel Sarafian vs. Kiichi Kunimoto Welterweight Sarafian via submission
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary 7 p.m. ET
Roland Delorme vs. Michinori Tanaka Bantamweight Delorme via Decision
Jason Saggo vs. Josh Shockley Lightweight Saggo via Decision

Source: UFC.com

 

Underrated Matchup: Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley

While most eyes will be focused on the title match between Johnson and Bagautinov, the potentially most exciting battle of the night will be the welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley.

Both men have an immense amount of talent, and Mike Chiappetta of Fox Sports talks about the betting line coming into this matchup:

For Woodley, the battle against MacDonald is his chance to prove to Dana White and the UFC officials that he deserves a shot at the division’s title.

Woodley’s win over Carlos Condit was a bit of a fluke due to an injury, but his previous victory against Josh Koscheck came via a devastating knockout. The fight against MacDonald will be Woodley’s chance to ensure the UFC takes notice of his talents.

When asked about earning a potential title shot with a victory on Saturday, Woodley told MMAjunkie Radio, via MMA Junkie's Mike Bohn, about his view of the situation:

I think the best performance is going to get a title shot. My goal is really to focus on beating Rory MacDonald in a dominant fashion—to go up to Vancouver and do my thing. Everything else, whether they give me a shot or not, I’m eventually going to win the world title. I’m going to be in the title picture. ... I just need to focus on this kid because if I go out there and I don’t win, then I’m not getting a world title anyway.

As well as Woodley has fought, he will be facing an incredibly tough test against MacDonald.

While a loss to Robbie Lawler two fights ago derailed his title hopes temporarily, MacDonald bounced back with a decision victory over Demian Maia in a bout that was awarded the Fight of the Night bonus at UFC 170.

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With six wins in his last seven fights—including marquee victories over B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz and Jake Ellenberger—there is no doubt that MacDonald is carrying serious confidence into his bout with Woodley.

MacDonald is well versed in striking and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but Woodley will utilize his elite wrestling skills to limit the danger presented by the Canadian challenger. With Woodley possessing heavy strikes of his own, this has the chance to be the fight of the night.

If Woodley sticks to his game plan and brings the fight to the ground, he should be able to steal the victory and make a case to be the No. 1 contender in the welterweight division.

Predicted Winner: Woodley via TKO

 

*Stats via UFC.com.

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