MENU
#UFC Fight Night 117 #UFC Fight Night 52 #Bellator 183 #Claudia Gadelha #Jessica Andrade #Bellator MMA #Fight Night Pittsburgh #Conor McGregor #Ovince St. Preux #Paul Daley


UFC 174: Who's on the Hot Seat?

At UFC 174, Demetrious Johnson will look to defend his flyweight championship again.

With three straight title defenses heading into his matchup with Ali Bagautinov, Mighty Mouse is carving his name deeper into the UFC history books every time he steps into the Octagon. So, while the pressure is always on him, Johnson has as much job security as almost anybody on the UFC roster.

Likewise, Bagautinov should have a long UFC career ahead of him. The Russian is undefeated inside the Octagon and could still be improving at 28 years old.

Other UFC 174 competitors are in much deeper trouble than Johnson and Bagautinov. Some could be battling for their UFC careers this weekend. The following fighters are sitting on the hot seat heading into Saturday's fight card in Vancouver, Canada.

Andrei Arlovski

He last stepped into the Octagon in March 2008, when he picked up a knockout win over Jake O'Brien, but Andrei Arlovski is set to make a surprising return this weekend.

The former heavyweight champion has posted an 8-5 record since leaving the world's top MMA promotion. More recently, though, The Pit Bull has won six of his past seven bouts. Only Anthony Johnson has beaten Arlovski since the Belarusian finished his short Strikeforce career.

At 35 years old, Arlovski probably doesn't have many fights left in him, but he was brought in as a big-name addition to a shallow UFC heavyweight division.

Nobody is expecting Arlovski to make a run at the heavyweight championship, but he could be a top-10 UFC heavyweight, and the UFC brass is likely expecting that from him in order for his contract to be worthwhile to them.

Arlovski's value will be tested right away, as he takes on No. 13-ranked Brendan Schaub on Saturday. If Arlovski loses badly, his comeback won't be long-lived. 

Mike Easton

The UFC matchmakers have not been easy on Mike Easton recently.

In his past three fights, The Hulk has been beaten by now-bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw as well as ranked contenders Raphael Assuncao and Brad Pickett. Despite the high-level competition, the slump has put Easton's UFC career in jeopardy.

A loss to unranked Yves Jabouin on Saturday would be Easton's fourth in a row. Winless since July 2012, Easton might have to rebound with a smaller show and earn his way back to the UFC.

All that said, Easton is looking at a favorable matchup. If he can work inside on Jabouin and get this fight to the ground, he may even be able to finish.

Tae Hyun Bang and Kajan Johnson

Unproven lightweights Tae Hyun Bang and Kajan Johnson will need to make an impression this weekend.

In his UFC debut, Bang was beaten by Mairbek Taisumov. At 31 years old, the South Korean can't really be considered a prospect any longer, so he'll need to produce now. An 0-2 start inside the Octagon with both bouts coming against UFC newcomers would pretty much ensure Bang's release.

While Johnson will be competing in his first official UFC bout on Saturday, he's had his chance to make it onto the UFC roster. The Canadian was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations, where he was beaten by Chad Laprise in the semifinals.

Bang and Johnson are both skilled enough to compete at this level, but one of them will likely be released unless they earn Fight of the Night honors.

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

Galleries

Demetrious Johnson Fights

  • a year ago
  • 4466 views

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

UFC 215 lineup set with 2 title fights in Edmonton, including Demetrious Johnson's quest for record

  • 28 days ago
  • 9 views

The lineup is set for the UFC’s return trip to Canada next month, including a pair of title fights at the top of the bill. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 215: Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg Media Call (FULL Audio) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 11 views

Listen in on the UFC 215: Johnson vs. Borg media conference call featuring Demetrious Johnson, Ray Borg, Amanda Nunes, and Valentina Shevchenko. read news >>

UFC champ Demetrious Johnson: Mayweather-McGregor hoopla can't take away from my history

  • 25 days ago
  • 12 views

Demetrious Johnson doesn’t care if his upcoming fight promotion has taken a backseat to Mayweather-McGregor.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 215: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg Extended Preview | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago
  • 18 views

Take an extended preview into UFC 215, which features the flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg and women's bantamweight title bout. read news >>

UFC 215 Countdown: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 9 views

On the verge of breaking Anderson Silva's record for title defenses, Demetrious Johnson and his longtime coach brace for a career-making moment. read news >>

Ray Borg says he'll easily make weight for UFC 215 title fight; Demetrious Johnson believes him

  • 21 days ago
  • 12 views

“I’ve corrected my mistakes,” Ray Borg says of his past weight-cut struggles.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

'UFC 215 Embedded,' No. 1: Champ Demetrious Johnson on grasshopper patrol

  • 20 days ago
  • 5 views

The UFC is back on pay-per-view, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s UFC 215 event. Check out episode No. 1.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

'UFC 215 Embedded,' No. 2: Demetrious Johnson breaks down how to 'f*ck sh*t up'

  • 19 days ago
  • 23 views

Go behind the scenes of fight week with all four title fight competitors of UFC 215.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Demetrious Johnson is fine being a target for others, but he has UFC history to make first

  • 21 days ago
  • 11 views

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson reflects on being called out by Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw and the potential for future fights with them.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Reebok didn't flub Demetrious Johnson's T-shirt; UFC champ plans on changing his nickname

  • 20 days ago
  • 9 views

It looked like the UFC’s official apparel partner flubbed again with Demetrious Johnson’s nickname. Not so, says “Mighty Mouse” (for now).Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured, Featured Videos, News, UF read news >>