Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will serve up UFC 174: "Johnson vs. Bagautinov" later this evening (Sat., June 14, 2014) from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. Before the action begins, take a look at the special fighters and fights from the pay-per-view (PPV) event who have the potential to haul in one or more of UFC's new performance-based bonuses.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, TONIGHT (Sat., June 14, 2014) when UFC 174 storms Rogers Arena with a main event that features Demetrious Johnson trying to make his fourth Flyweight title defense against Ali Bagautinov.

The co-main event of the evening will feature a battle for a top Welterweight contender spot as top fighters Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley try to earn a170-pound title shot in a very exciting divisional landscape.

UFC 174 is extremely top-heavy, with the only real relevant fights coming toward the end of the night on pay-per-view (PPV); however, there are some fighters worth pointing out nonetheless.

Let's take a look:

Demetrious Johnson (Fighting Ali Bagautinov): In his last three title defenses, Johnson has shown that he is markedly better than the top contenders in his division. In fact, it's hard to imagine that Bagautinov is any better than John Dodson and/or Joseph Benavidez. Johnson operates at a speed that is barely comprehensible, with quick decision making and transitions that make him one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. His already diverse skill set evolves every fight, whereas Bagautinov presents a fairly simple opponent, one with solid punching power and good wrestling. I think Johnson is better everywhere and shows it big time in this fight.

Tyron Woodley (Fighting Rory MacDonald): Woodley's wins over Josh Koscheck and Carlos Condit, regardless of how controversial the latter was, are better than anything "Ares" has accomplished inside the Octagon to date. MacDonald is a fighter who hasn't been tested by anyone who presents more than a one dimensional approach and I think he'll struggle in the transition from striking to wrestling that Woodley will bring. Woodley's striking has come a long way, and with tremendous power, he'll keep MacDonald honest and likely gun shy, while also always presenting a takedown threat. As long as Woodley's gas tank holds up, I think MacDonald is in for big, big trouble later this evening.

Rafael Cavalcante (Fighting Ryan Bader): Cavalcante is a finisher, Bader a finishee. Bader has drastically overrated mixed martial arts (MMA) wrestling and every strike and takedown attempt he tries is horribly telegraphed and usually slow. Cavalcante isn't anything particularly special, but Bader's chin is suspect and I don't think he has the skills to outdo the Brazilian. In other words, Bader will probably get finished rather violently.

Andrei Arlovski (Fighting Brendan Schaub): Schaub is mediocre whereas Arlovski has plenty of experience. Both fighters have suspect chins, but I favor Arlovski -- the more honed striker -- to shut down Schaub's takedown attempts and destroy him on the feet.

Ryan Jimmo (Fighting Ovince St. Preux): St. Preux's best win is a controversial technical majority decision win over Gian Villante. "OSP" is a terrific athlete, not a terrific fighter, whereas Jimmo has plenty more experience and really has no business losing this fight. Jimmo has proven that he hits hard, and I think St. Preux's porous defense costs him the fight in this one.

Daniel Sarafian (Fighting Kiichi Kunimoto): Kunimoto has successfully run the Japanese nobody circuit and won his UFC debut by disqualification, whereas Sarafian has impressed since coming off The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). Sarafian is quick and grows in skill each time out, and I think he'll be far too much for Kunimoto to handle.

Yves Jabouin (Fighting Mike Easton): Jabouin is a slick striker who has been around the block, while Easton is horribly overrated and not all too good at fighting. Easton is always good for a ridiculous judging call, but I think Jabouin proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the better fighter with a dominant striking display in this fight.

And there you have it.

To be honest, UFC 174 doesn't feature too much in the way of truly competitive fights, which is the reason it was dificult to predict a definitive "Fight of the Night" pick. Regardless, there are several fighters that I think will prove far better than their opponents at this event, which should make it pretty entertaining to watch.

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 174 fight card on fight night (Sat., June 14, 2014), starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, right on through the FX Network-televised under card bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then main card PPV, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bonus watch! Potential UFC 192 'Cormier vs Gustafsson' award winners tonight in Houston

  • a day ago

With a card filled with such scintillating match ups, there's going to be solid competition for bonus checks in "Lonestar State" this evening ... Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is ready to blow read news >>

NOS® Energy Drink MMA Rankings, Sept. 9: Nowhere to go for UFC 191 winners

  • 25 days ago

Demetrious Johnson, Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson all picked up wins at UFC 191. But in the latest NOS® Energy Drink MMA Rankings, they had nowhere to go.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rankings, Ne read news >>

UFC 191 medical suspensions: Mir and Arlovski draw potential six-month terms

  • 26 days ago

Although a slugfest never really materialized between veteran heavyweights and ex-UFC champs Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski, their three round meeting at UFC 191 left both with right-hand injuries tha read news >>

What do we mean by 'Fight of the Night,' anyway?

  • 26 days ago

A wild brawl, mostly devoid of technique, won UFC 191’s “Fight of the Night” award. For longtime MMA fans, that probably wasn’t much of a surprise, which tells you something about what we regard as a read news >>

Holly Holm: Cris Cyborg is serious about cutting to 135 pounds for UFC title fight

  • 27 days ago

Cris Cyborg is Ronda Rousey's most anticipated potential opponent. Holly Holm is Rousey's next foe. The two women filmed the movie "Fight Valley" together last week, and Holm said the encounter wasn' read news >>

UFC 191 results recap: Next matches to make for 'Johnson vs Dodson 2' main card winners in Las Vegas

  • 28 days ago

After an exciting UFC 191: "Johnson vs Dodson 2" event, MMAmania.com ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories last night (Sat., September 5, 2015) on pay-per-view (PPV) read news >>

UFC 191 Results: The Real Winners & Losers from Johnson vs. Dodson 2 Fight Card

  • 28 days ago

UFC 191 gave us yet another brilliant performance from Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson. The flyweight champion stood across from the only man to truly threaten his title reign—John Dodson. In their read news >>

UFC 191 results: Biggest winners, losers from 'Johnson vs Dodson 2' last night

  • 28 days ago

Let's run down the list of "Who’s Hot" and "Who’s Not" from UFC 191: "Johnson vs. Dodson 2," which took place last night (Sat., September 5, 2015), nominating the biggest winners and losers from the read news >>

UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson – Winners and losers

  • 28 days ago

Karim Zidan delves into the real winners and losers from Saturday night’s UFC 191 PPV event from Las Vegas, Nevada. The UFC returned to Las Vegas, Nevada for yet another PPV event at the MGM Grand Ga read news >>

UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 Post-Fight Press Conference Video Replay

  • 28 days ago

The big winners and marquee names from the UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 fight card fielded questions from the media following the event in Las Vegas. read news >>