UFC 174 is live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!
Fans are in for a treat tonight as Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defends his flyweight title against the ruthless, rabid Russian, Ali Bagutinov in the main event. The main card will begin with Ryan Jimmo taking on Ovince St. Preux in the light heavyweight division. Also on the card is the return of the former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski, taking on rising heavyweight Brendan “Big Brown” Schaub. Then the card will shift back to the light heavyweight division as The Ultimate Fighter season 8 champion, Ryan “Darth” Bader goes to war with Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante, who has never gone to a decision in his career. In the co-main event, welterweights Rory “Ares” McDonald and Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley will be looking to change Dana White’s mind about who will be the first in line to take on new UFC welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks.
Ryan Jimmo (19-3) vs Ovince St. Preux (15-5)
Both fighters meet in the middle and touch glove as a sign of respect. Jimmo starts with a leg kick from his karate stance. Both guys have an exchange and Jimmo presses Ovince up against the cage. Ovince is trying to muscle him off, but no success at first. However, he turns Jimmo around on the cage, only to get turned around and pressed against the cage again. They back up and it appears that Jimmo has blood coming from his nose. Both guys are feeling each other out and not committing to anything. Jimmo is landing inside leg kicks, but Ovince answers with a left and a takedown with :15 left of the round. Jimmo gets back up as the round ends.
The fighters are back in the middle and Jimmo starts with an outside leg kick that backs Ovince up. Jimmo goes for an overhand left, but misses. Jimmo is light on his feet looking for an opening. He throws a leg kick again, but Ovince catches it and takes Jimmo down. Jimmo gives up his back and Ovince takes control. He’s fighting for a choke, but Jimmo has control of his hands. Ovince starts landing hard shots. Jimmo winces from pain after Ovince yanks on his arm with a kimura. The ref stops the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ovince St. Preux winner via verbal submission (kimura). Round 2, 2:10.
Andrei Arlovski (21-10) vs Brendan Schaub (10-3)
We are underway with this heavyweight battle as both fighters meet in the middle. They start by circling each other and Arlovski rushes in and presses Schaub against the cage. Very little work going and Schaub spins out. Schaub lands a big right and backs up Arlovksi. They start back circling each other. They end up clinching and Schaub is back pressed up against the cage. Again, little work going on. Schaub pushes off and they’re back in the center of the Octagon. Schaub misses with an overhand right that backs Arlovski up. They clinch and Arlovski misses the trip and backs off. Arlovski ducks under a punch and gets Schaub back against the cage again. Arlovski backs off and Schaub misses a kick and falls to end the round.
Guys meet in the middle and Schaub has a killer look in his eye, but Arlovksi connects his shin to the groin of Schaub. Action starts back and Schaub comes out agressive with a 1-2 combo. Arlovski clinches and once again presses Schaub up against the cage. They break up and Schaub throws another overhand right. Schaub throws a high right head kick, but misses. Both guys exchange nice shots, but neither guy looks phased. Schaub clinches and pins Arlovski against the cage. Arlovski spins, but Schaub gets a takedown. Arlovski pops right back up. Schaub is starting to swing for the fences. He wants to get the walkoff KO, but isn’t finding any success. Another exchange, but neither guy follows up. Schaub lands a good right uppercut and clinches. They break up and Arlovski throws a combo and an overhand right to end the round.
Final round begins. Schaub swings and misses. They get into a flurry and Arlovski lands a left. Big John breaks the fight up to warn Schaub about his headbutt. Schaub gets a takedown and ends up in Arlovski’s guard. Schaub is trying to find home with the punches from the guard. He can’t pass the guard so he decides to hammer down on Arlovski. He keeps raining down punches and landing a good bit of them. Arlovski doesn’t seem to want to break his guard to go for a sweep or an escape or a submission. He finally kicks Schaub off, but Schaub presses him up against the cage. Arlovski spins and pins Schaub. No work, so they back off. Arlovski stuffs a takedown and both guys both start swinging wild to end the round.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Andrei Arlovski via Split Decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Ryan Bader (16-4) vs Rafael Cavalcante (12-4)
Fight begins and Rafael starts with an inside leg kick. Bader lands a body kick head punch combo. Bader gets the takedown and takes control of Rafael’s back standing. He gets the takedown, but Rafael pops back up and goes right back down. Bader is kneeing Rafael’s thighs HARD and tripping him ever once in a while. The y breakup and both men are displaying good MMA boxing. Bader gets an explosive takedown. He takes control of Rafael’s back again, but this time on the ground. He’s landing hard shots to Rafael’s head and generating a lot of power. The round ends with Bader landing a nasty knee to Rafael’s ribs.
2nd round starts with Rafael throwing a spinning back kick. Bader answers with a head kick of his own, but no spin. Bader goes for a takedown, but abandons it. He misses his second takedown attempt. Bader is circling around the cage displaying his footwork. He gets a takedown and ends up in Rafael’s guard. Rafael gives up his back and Bader starts working knees to the thigh again. Now he lands a hard knee to Rafael’s butt that makes the crowd go “ooohhhh…” Rafael looks tired and is in defensive mode. He’s hardly throwing, but lands a right. Bader is clearly the more active fighter. He lands a body shot and a takedown. The round ends with Bader landing shots in Rafael’s guard.
Final round begins with a hard left from Rafael that makes Bader go for the takedown. Rafael is coming out guns blazing. He has Bader in a front headlock, but Bader stands up and presses Rafael against the cage. Rafael sends Bader flying back with a push. But Bader goes forward and has Rafael against the cage again. Lack of action brings the ref in to break up. After the breakup, Bader pushes Rafael up against the cage again and gets a takedown. He’s in Rafael’s halfguard and elbowing Rafael’s ribcage. I haven’t seen ribs take this much punishment since Rocky was punching cow carcasses in a meat locker. Bader continues to smother Rafael on the ground and keeps pounding away on the body. The round ends and for the first time in Rafael Calvacante’s career, he’s going to the judges.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ryan Bader wins via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Rory McDonald (16-2) vs Tyron Woodley (13-2)
The co-main is underway!!! Rory comes out aggressive and backs up Tyron. Tyron has Rory tied up and presses Rory against the cage. Tyron has over-under control and delivering knees. They break up and Rory goes for a question mark kick. The guys are exchanging shots, but Rory is doing a better job of mixing it up. Rory lands a knee to the body, but Tyron ties him up against the cage again. The guys have a good exchange again, but this one ends with Tyron getting a takedown; however, Rory is pops back up. Tyron is taking deep breaths and Rory lands a good right hand and head kick. The round ends with both guys circling each other.
Round 2 begins with Rory taking center of the Octagon. Superman punch from Rory backs up Tyron. Rory goes for the single leg takedown, but aborts. Rory is displaying good feints that’s keeping Tyron honest. Another question mark kick by Rory. Rory now lands a good switch kick to the body. Rory is now teeing off combos and keeping the pressure on Tyron. He’s constantly in Tyron’s face and not letting Tyron breathe. Rory’s left jab finding its spot. However, Tyron is finding success with leg kicks. Rory lands a big head kick that brings a look of disgust to Tyron’s face. Now Rory is playing around with Tyron by waving his arms around. End of round 2.
Tyron starts throwing everything he can. He clips Rory, but Rory looks unphased. Tyron is back to playing defense with the occasional leg kick. Rory is landing punches and a spinning back kick that almost got Tyron in the nuts; which gets a warning from Big John. The fight starts back and Rory gets the takedown. Rory can’t do much of anything since Tyron has him in his guard and controlling his wrists. No work going on and Big John isn’t breaking it up. Rory stands up to try to advance position, but gets an upkick from Tyron. Rory finally gets full mount, but decides to go to side control. Rory wants the crucifix, but is ok with raining down shots. Fight ends with Tyron on his back and getting punched in the head.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Rory McDonald wins via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Demetrious Johnson (19-2-1) vs Ali Bagautinov (13-2)
AND HERE WE GO! This flyweight championship fight begins with both men meeting in the middle. These fast flyweights are feeling each other out. Only thing thrown so far is an inside leg kick by Johnson. Johnson is cutting angles looking for an opening. Ali tries a 1-2-3 combo, but misses. Johnson is still looking for his opening, but being vary cautious of Ali’s power. In, out, sideways, backways; Johnson is all over the place. Ali is reaching for punches, but can’t connect. Ali gets Johnson against the cage, finally. He has Johnson’s leg, which is what Johnson doesn’t want since Ali is a combat Sambo champion. Ali lets go of the right leg and gets underhooks. He’s kneeing Johnson in the leg. Johnson circles and has Ali against the cage. Now he has a plum clinch on Ali and giving him knees. Ali ends up with a takedown, but Johnson pops back up to end the round.
2 of 5 begins. Johnson gets two inside leg kicks in a row. Ali stuffs a takedown and gets Johnson against the cage. He breaks it off and goes for a two body punch combo and head kick, but misses. Johnson gets a headkick. Ali keeps trying to find a home with his punches, but they end up homeless. He’s having issues trying to connect due to Johnson’s speed. Ali seems hurt by straight by Johnson. Ali goes high with head kick and finally connects. Johnson doesn’t seem hurt, but ends up against the cage again. Ali has overhooks and kneeing Johnson against the cage. Johnson is trying to escape, but Ali isn’t letting up. This seems like a good way to stop Johnson’s speed. He goes for a takedown, but Johnson stuffs it. Round ends with Johnson against the cage.
Third round begins; both guys are in the middle. Ali is in the center of the Octagon waiting for his opportunity to strike, but Johnson is showing off his elite speed and footwork. Ali eats a big kick, but regains his senses and grabs Johnson and puts him against the cage again. Crowd is getting restless with lack of action against the cage. They break up and Johnson lands a good body kick and Ali answers with a counter right. Ali backs up as Johnson starts to throw combos. Ali is throwing hooks, overhands, and haymakers, but nothing. However, he gets a good takedown, but Johnson is right back up. Johnson goes for a knee, but Ali catches it. He goes for the takedown, but Johnson prevents it. Round ends with Johnson delivering knees from the Thai clinch.
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