UFC 174 Results: Winners and Scorecards from Johnson vs. Bagautinov Fight Card
The UFC headed north of the border to Vancouver, Canada on Saturday, and the fight card for Rogers Arena was undeniably tantalizing.
The main event featured Demetrious Johnson, the longtime flyweight champion who is quickly climbing the pound-for-pound ladder, defending his title against Ali Bagautinov, who blitzed his way through the company since joining in September.
While that was easily the most compelling matchup, the rest of the card was hardly anything to sneeze at.
Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley was an important battle for the welterweight title picture, while Andrei Arlovski made his UFC return against Brendan Schaub.
That's just a sliver of what UFC 174 had to offer, though. Let's take a look at how the action played out.
Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson (c) Defeats Ali Bagautinov
Demetrious Johnson continued his dominance over the flyweight division with an impressive unanimous decision defeat of Ali Bagautinov during Saturday night’s main event.
Johnson was simply too fast and too clinical for the challenger. Every time Bagautinov went for a takedown, Johnson escaped, delivering powerful punches, knees and kicks instead. Bagautinov deserves credit for his toughness and lasting all 25 minutes, but it was simply another dismantling by the champion.
All three judges scored the fight, 50-45.
After winning the inaugural UFC flyweight title in September of 2012, “Mighty Mouse” has now reeled off four straight wins, and he seems to get more transcendent with each subsequent win. He is getting close to clearing out the division, beating the top five contenders, with Jussier Formiga serving as the highest-ranked fighter he has yet to face.
It doesn’t look like he’ll be losing anytime soon, and it's extremely difficult to make an argument against him as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Welterweight: Rory MacDonald Defeats Tyron Woodley Via Unanimous Decision
With a potential welterweight title shot on the line, Rory MacDonald took Tyron Woodley behind the woodshed en route to a dominant unanimous decision win.
MacDonald controlled every aspect of the fight. In the first round, the extremely dangerous Woodley attempted a takedown, but MacDonald shot right back up. From the middle of the first round through the end of the second, the 24-year-old Canadian consistently handed out punishment, as Woodley remained with his back against the cage.
In the third, he took down Woodley and finished off the statement victory. All three judges scored the fight, 30-27.
Now things get a bit interesting. “Ares” lost to Robbie Lawler in November, but he now has two wins in a row, and this performance was simply on another level. Woodley is a strong fighter with immense strength, but MacDonald was near flawless on Saturday.
He surely has a great argument for a shot against Johny Hendricks when the champion returns from injury, but we won’t likely know for sure until Lawler faces Matt Brown in July.
As for Woodley, he will certainly stick around at the top of the division, but this was a really deflating, disappointing performance from him.
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Bader Defeats Rafael Cavalcante Via Unanimous Decision
In a battle of talented fighters just outside the fringe of the light heavyweight title picture, Ryan Bader completely shut down a dangerous Rafael Cavalcante to earn a crucial victory via unanimous decision.
Bader was clinical for all 15 minutes. He was efficient with his striking, but he also displayed impressive take-down and wrestling skills, as well. He thoroughly dominated Cavalcante, who looked completely outmatched.
All three judges scored the fight, 30-27.
After beating Anthony Perosh via unanimous decision in December, “Darth Bader” now has two wins in a row. He has yet to earn that career-defining win (he has come up short against Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida and Glover Teixeira), but this was a downright impressive performance that has moving in the right direction.
The former The Ultimate Figher champion showed immense improvement and maturity Saturday, and he will clearly continue to be a major force in the division.
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski Defeats Brendan Schaub Via Split Decision
Andrei Arlovski’s return to UFC probably didn't go as smoothly as he would have liked, but he came away with the win nonetheless, knocking off Brendan Schaub via split decision.
It was a fairly nondescript fight, with neither fighter looking all that aggressive. Schaub appeared to win the final round, and he was visibly shocked by the final decision, but the judges clearly though Arlovski did enough in the first two rounds to secure the victory.
In what will be a hotly debated decision, the final scorecard read: 28-29, 29-28, 29-28.
The former UFC heavyweight champ had been fighting elsewhere since 2008, and his career looked thoroughly deflated when he lost four in a row from January 2009 through February 2011. While he didn't look all that dangerous against Schaub, he now has three straight wins and some important momentum.
Arlovski, 35, will likely be looking for a top-10 opponent in the division he once reigned over. Whether or not he gets that is another question, as neither fighter came away looking all that impressive.
Light Heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux Defeats Ryan Jimmo Via TKO
Ovince Saint Preux continued his assault on the light heavyweight division Saturday night, stopping Canadian Ryan Jimmo in impressive fashion.
After controlling most of the fight, "OSP" took Jimmo down and put him in an arm lock, forcing the 32-year-old to verbally submit with exclamations of a broken arm (2:10, second round).
That makes five consecutive victories for St. Preux and four in a row since he debuted in April 2013. While he impressed with Performance of the Night honors against Nikita Krylov in March, this was his most difficult test to date—and he passed with absolute flying colors.
The 31-year-old, who ranked 13th in the division prior to this fight, is now in line for a big-name opponent his next time out. Either way, he is a scary athlete who seems to be on his way to becoming a star in the division.
The outlook isn’t nearly as bright for Jimmo. “Big Deal” hasn’t quite lived up to his name recently, as this marks his third loss in five fights. And if his arm is truly broken, he will be sidelined for a significant period of time.
Lightweight: Jason Saggo defeated Josh Shockley via TKO (punches), 4:57, Round 1
Bantamweight: Michinori Tanaka defeated Roland Delorme via unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Lightweight: Tae Hyun Bang defeated Kajan Johnson via TKO (punch), 2:01, Round 3
Bantamweight: Yves Jabouin defeated Mike Easton via unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Women's Bantamweight: Valerie Letourneau defeated Elizabeth Phillips via split decision, 28-29, 29-28, 29-28
Welterweight: Kiichi Kunimoto defeated Daniel Sarafian via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1