Mighty Mouse to Return on June 14
Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson stakes his UFC Flyweight title against the top contender Ali Bagutinov of Russia in UFC 174 on June 14th at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. The bout will be the first ever flyweight main event in UFC history.
First Ever Flyweight King
Johnson is the first UFC Flyweight champion since the division was created a little over two years ago. He won the Flyweight tournament of 2012 to become the inaugural Flyweight champion of the UFC. He has since defended that title three times with impressive wins over top caliber opponents John Dodson, John Moraga and Joseph Benavidez.
Johnson has a record of 19-2-1 with four knockouts and eight submissions. His first career loss came at the hands of Brad Pickett during Johnson’s debut in the WEC. But he fought that fight at bantamweight where he was relatively smaller than Pickett. His other loss was during his challenge of UFC bantamweight title holder Dominick Cruz. Although he was undersized in both fights, Johnson’s two losses were via unanimous decision.
But now that the flyweight division has been established in the UFC, Johnson has become a dominant force in that division. He is number 4 in the Pound for Pound rankings and number 1 in the Flyweight ranks. He hopes to continue his winning ways against the hard hitting Russian Ali Bagautinov.
World Class Striker
Johnson will be facing off against a world class striker in Ali Bagautinov. The Moscow native was a former combat sambo champion in the Minsk 2012 World Championships. Bagautinov TKOed Razykov Alibek in the first round of their semifinals match up. In the finals, Bagautinov submitted Asset Sagyndykov via armbar at the 0:35 mark of the very first round. However, Bagautinov was stripped of all Sambo awards and suspended from competition for two years after testing positive for the nasal decongestant drug DMAA. With the suspension to end this November 2014, Bagautinov turned to MMA.
He fought in Russia and compiled a record of 10-2 before joining the UFC stable in June 2013. Bagautinov is 3-0 in the UFC with 1 KO. He defeated Marcos Vinicius by KO and decisioned both Tim Elliot at UFC 167 and the highly touted John Lineker at UFC 169. With these impressive victories, Bagautinov has made a meteoric rise in the ranks to earn a shot at Mighty Mouse in UFC 174.
In the co-main event, Rory MacDonald fights for the second time this year in his quest to regain his lofty ranking in the talent-laden welterweight division. Rory lost a close unanimous decision to Ruthless Robbie Lawler in UFC 167 last year. Lawler later went on to face Johny Hendricks for the vacant welterweight title at UFC 171 while MacDonald had to settle for Demian Maia in UFC 170.
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