Demetrious Johnson will defend his flyweight crown at UFC 174. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Demetrious Johnson will next defend his flyweight title at UFC 174 against Ali Bagautinov, Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced on April 9.
The 125-pound title affair will serve as the main event for the June 14 show, which takes place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and airs live on pay-per-view. The event will also see Tyron Woodley collide with Rory MacDonald in a battle of top welterweight contenders, while Yves Jabouin clashes with Mike Easton at 135 pounds.
Johnson, 27, has not lost since making the drop to flyweight in 2012, capturing the vacant UFC title and then defending the belt successfully three times. “Mighty Mouse” most recently put his strap on the line in December, knocking out Joseph Benavidez in just 2:08 at UFC on Fox 9.
Bagautinov, meanwhile, has not lost in nearly three years. The hard-hitting Dagestani joined the UFC in September and picked up three victories to earn his crack at the title, knocking out Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini before outpointing Tim Elliott and John Lineker.
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