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UFC 174 Crash Course: Johnson vs. Bagautinov

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Reigning flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will defend his title for the fourth time Saturday.

Everything you need to know about this weekend's big fight.

Overview

Demetrious Johnson used to just be fast. That was what we saw in him because, man, the guy just flew around the cage.

When he got the better of Joseph Benavidez down on the canvas to win the UFC flyweight championship a couple of years ago, and his takedowns and top control helped fortify him through two defenses of the belt, we added "strong wrestling" to his resume.

Then last December, in his most recent title defense, "Mighty Mouse" knocked out Benavidez two minutes into their rematch. We once again had to redefine the man.

Let's just call him champion and leave it at that. Unless Ali Bagautinov takes that away from us this weekend.

On Saturday night, in the main event of UFC 174 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia (10 p.m. ET, PPV), Johnson will make the fourth defense of his 125-pound strap, taking on Bagautinov, the combat sambo world champion from Dagestan who trains MMA at Greg Jackson's gym in Albuquerque.

 
Tale of the Tape
Johnson
vs.
Bagautinov
Aug. 13, 1986
Birth Date
June 10, 1985
Madisonville, Ky.
Birthplace
Kizlyar, Dagestan
Kirkland, Wash.
Residence
Moscow, Russia
19-2-1
Record
13-2
125*
Weight
125*
5'3"
Height
5'4"
66"
Reach
66.5"
*Official weights announced at the weigh-in (Friday, 7 p.m. ET, Audience)

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