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Live Coverage Of UFC 174: Johnson Vs. Bagautinov

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The action airs on pay-per-view, FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Now, on to the fights! Remember to keep hitting refresh for the latest results.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Jason Saggo vs. Josh Shockley

We open up the night in the lightweight division, as Jason Saggo (9-1) goes up against Josh Shockley (11-2) in a battle of UFC newcomers.

Saggo owns eight career submission victories, including each of his last three via rear-naked choke. Shockley is on a two-fight win streak and is 5-1 in his last six, including a decision over Shamar Bailey.

Round 1: Saggo peppering him with kicks right off the bat, connecting with a nice shot to the body. Front kick from Shockley, who fights off a takedown attempt with elbows. Saggo transitions and scores the takedown, moving quickly into side control and finally into half-guard. Shockley uses the butterfly guard to pop him off, but they wind back up inside the guard. Shockley attacking off the bottom and almost secures an armbar. Saggo takes the back and winds up in side control yet again. Mount now for Saggo, but Shockley using his long legs to get the butterfly guard up and use it to his advantage. Shockley now kneeing Saggo to the body as he takes the clinch position and lands another solid knee to the midsection. Foot stomp from Shockley, but he gets out of position and taken down by Saggo. Shockley gives up his back with 40 seconds left. Back to the mount, transition quickly to the back and he locks up a rear-naked choke. He releases that and is teeing off with vicious ground-and-pound. The ref warns him there is just 10 seconds left and to fight back, but Shockley cannot and this one is all over.

Jason Saggo def. Josh Shockley via TKO (strikes) at 4:57 of Round 1

Roland Delorme vs. Michinori Tanaka

The first of two bantamweight battles will see Roland Delorme (9-2) try to ruin the perfect record of Michinori Takana (9-0).

Delorme dropped a split decision to Alex Caceres last September, snapping a four-fight unbeaten streak. Tanaka is making his debut with the UFC and owns five submission wins.

Round 1: Delorme declines a touch of gloves to start and Tanaka is showing excellent side-to-side movement. Delorme loading up and looking to land a big shot. Tanaka lands a good, hard kick to the body and continues to move away from the striking of Delorme. Delorme looks a little frustrated, but he winds up and delivers, dropping Tanaka. He quickly pounces and tries to land some ground-and-pound, but Tanaka is able to reverse and is now on top. Delorme looking for a triangle from the bottom, but it gets broken up. Tanaka controlling from the top, doing damage and avoiding the submission game. He’s got him pressed up against the cage with a minute to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tanaka

Round 2: Delorme posturing, trying to get Tanaka into an exchange. They have a good exchange, but Tanaka doesn’t want any more of that and is back to lateral movement. Perfectly-executed takedown and Delorme pulls guard. Tanaka trying to pass inside side control. He uses a nice headlock to wind up on top. Step over into mount for Tanaka and he connects with a swift elbow. Huge cut from the elbow and Tanaka continues to attack. More punishment with short elbows for Tanaka, going after the face and body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tanaka

Round 3: Delorme trying to cut off the Octagon and attack, but it’s Tanaka who gains the advantage. He lands a good combo, takes Delorme down and is in side control. He swiftly moves to the back, but is a little out of control and gets mounted with three minutes to go. He switches to the back, but is too high and gets mounted by Tanaka. Tanaka continues to work to finish the fight, landing vicious elbows to that open cut. Delorme trying to fight off his back, but he’s unable to get up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tanaka

Michinori Tanaka def. Roland Delorme via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Kajan Johnson vs. Tae Hyun Bang

Lightweights Kajan Johnson (19-10-1) and Tae Hyun Bang (16-8) meet up next inside the Octagon.

Johnson is making his debut and is 7-1-1 in his last nine, but has not fought since 2011. He lost to Rory MacDonald via TKO back in 2007. Bang dropped his initial Octagon fight to Mairbek Taisumov in January via decision.

Round 1: Johnson showing off his striking, landing a right hand to start. Head kick from Johnson, but Bang catches it and tries for a takedown to no avail. Another big kick from Johnson, who shoots and scores with a single-leg takedown. Bang hanging on to the neck, but is in side control. He reverses with it and nearly locks up a possible anaconda or north-south choke. Counter lands by Bang and he has Johnson hurt. He pounces, going now got a choke. He spins to the back but is being defended from taking it completely. Johnson rolls under for a leg-lock, loses it but is able to get to his feet. Bang with a right that connects. Johnson with a big right hand and he follows up, scoring a takedown and moving directly into side control.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 2: Bang winging and he lands, hurting Johnson. He shots for a takedown and gets his neck caught again. Roll over by Bang and he is back in side control. Blood pouring out of the nose of Bang. Not sure where that happened, as he wasn’t hit by anything of significance. Johnson now has the back. Bang to his feet, as it was a short elbow that did the damage. Bang again as the neck while in guard, but he’s unable to spin this time. They both stand and Johnson also has a cut opened up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 3: Bang pushing forward, as the bleeding has been stopped from both fighters. Johnson comes in too hard and gets countered, falling to the canvas for a brief moment. Out of nowhere, Bang with a huge right-hand that knocks Johnson out cold. He caught a head kick, walked through it and landed the right.

Tae Hyun Bang def. Kajan Johnson via KO (right-hand) at 2:01 of Round 3

Yves Jabouin vs. Mike Easton

We head back to the bantamweights for the final time tonight, as Yves Jabouin (19-9) takes on Mike Easton (13-4).

Jabouin has spent the last five years of his career competing under the Zuffa umbrella, going 1-2 in the WEC and 4-3 with the UFC. Easton is looking to snap a three-fight losing skid after winning eight in a row from 2008-12.

Round 1: Easton throwing combos and he catches an inadvertent eye poke. Easton appears upset about the poke, coming after Jabouin. Big right hand and a kick, but Jabouin scores a takedown. Another trip takedown and Jabouin is in guard. Easton this time with a takedown of his own and he is working in side control. Unable to secure the kimura, Jabouin gets to his feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Easton

Round 2: Huge overhand right by Jabouin misses and allows Easton to land a good 1-2 to the body. Power takedown by Easton, but it’s Jabouin who gains the upper-hand, switching to the back with an over-under. Jabouin sweeps the legs out and scores another takedown. Jabouin catches him against the fence, landing a left-right and a knee to the body. Not much action and the ref stands them up, but Jabouin was able to do enough to secure the round in his favor.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jabouin

Round 3: Jabouin in a position of control, as Easton’s corner told him he needs a finish and to fight with a sense of urgency. Jabouin in complete control, on top and in mount, but Easton grabs hold for a possible kimura. He switches and is on top, but he is unable to hold the move. He’s in side control as we go under a minute and Jabouin looks exhausted.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Easton

Yves Jabouin def. Mike Easton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Elizabeth Phillips vs. Valerie Letourneau

Our one and only female scrap features UFC newcomers Elizabeth Phillips (4-1) and Valerie Letourneau (5-3).

Phillips comes to the UFC from nearby Spokane, Washington where she trains with former TUF winner Julianna Pena. Letourneau has finished all five of her wins, with two losses coming in 2007 to UFC fighters Alexis Davis and Sarah Kaufman.

Round 1: Phillips immediately goes for the clinch, but Letourneau lands a knee to the body and loses the clinch. Exchange of high kicks and both are blocked. These two are staying within the reach of each other and exchanging, and Phillips appears to have been hurt as she is wincing her eyes. Letourneau’s left eye swelling, likely from an accidental eye poke. She comes back and catches Phillips with a combo. More swelling from just below the eye, as she might have something broke. Phillips sees this and is going after the opening, now opening a cut under the right eye too. Another good exchange, and that left eye is almost completely swollen shut.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Letourneau

Round 2: Letourneau’s left eye is continuing to look worse and worse, and Phillips is coming after it. Phillips forces her against the fence, but it’s Letourneau who lands a nice knee to the face inside the clinch. Smartly, Phillips is using her head against the face of Letourneau, further doing damage to the injured area. Just a ridiculous flurry, as both exchange and throw. Letourneau has busted open the nose area with a handful of uppercuts.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Letourneau

Round 3: Both ladies look winded, but that hasn’t stopped them from attacking. They both took the fight on short notice. Couple of good knees to the body by Letourneau, who is being held against the cage. Nice short elbow by the Canadian. Each time Phillips comes in with the right, Letourneau fires off an uppercut that is just missing.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Letourneau

Valerie Letourneau def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Daniel Sarafian vs. Kiichi Kunimoto

Our final prelim fight of the night takes place in the welterweight division, as Daniel Sarafian (8-4) faces off against Kiichi Kunimoto (16-5-2).

Sarafian, who owns seven submission wins to his name, is 1-2 in his three UFC appearances. Kunimoto was victorious over Luiz Jorge Dutra, Jr. this past January via disqualification. He is on a five-fight win streak and is 10-1-2 in his last 13 overall.

Round 1: Sarafian looks like a huge welterweight, as he is making his debut at this weight after dropping down from 185. He was drawn out at weigh-ins, but is back fully-packed now. Sarafian shows his power advantage, just pushing Kunimoto back. They clinch against the fence, and almost take the ref out in the process. In half-guard, Sarafian looking for a possible guillotine, but he’s unable to get it and gives up his back with two minutes to go in the round. Back to side control, switches to the back and locks in the hooks. He’s got a rear-naked choke locked in and Sarafian is forced to tap.

Kiichi Kunimoto def. Daniel Sarafian via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:52 of Round 1

MAIN CARD

Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux

We open up the main card in the light heavyweight division, as Canada’s Ryan Jimmo takes on Ovince St. Preux.

Jimmo (19-3) has split his last four fights overall, but knocked out Sean O’Connell last April. He holds wins over Igor Pokrajac, Anthony Perosh, Sokoudjou and Zak Cummings during his career.

St. Preux (15-5), a former Tennessee Volunteer standout on the gridiron, is on a four-fight win streak that includes back-to-back finishes of Nikita Krylov and Cody Donovan.

Round 1: Jimmo with the kick and he gets right into his karate-style stance. OSP answers with a kick of his own. He winds up and delivers a huge left and sends Jimmo back, and another. One more straight left connects from St. Preux, but Jimmo answers with a right of his own. Battle for positioning and Jimmo exits with some damage done to his face. Some heavy breathing for OSP already, as he is constantly looking at the clock just minutes in. Left hand from OSP and he goes for a power takedown after catching a kick, scoring with it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for St. Preux

Round 2: St. Preux gets right in and attacks, but is unable to keep it up. Jimmo fires back than takes a step back to survey the field. Perfectly-timed takedown for St. Preux, as he moves to side control. Full-mount than to the back for OSP with plenty of time to work. He gets the hooks in and is working for a rear-naked choke. Jimmo does a nice job of breaking the hold and they flip over. Immediately, Jimmo starts screaming that his arm is broken and the ref steps in. He knows a bone is broken in his right arm but is very calm about it all. Upon replay, as OSP was working for a takedown, he also had the right arm secured behind his back and yanked.

Ovince St. Preux def. Ryan Jimmo via TKO (verbal tap) at 2:10 of Round 2

Andrei Arlovski vs. Brendan Schaub

Our lone heavyweight encounter of the night will see the return of former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski, as he faces Brendan Schaub.

Arlovski (21-10) has won two straight and four of his last five to earn a return to the promotion. Since a string of losses, he has posted a 6-1 record with one no-contest.

Schaub (10-3) is on a two-fight win streak of his own, but has suffered three knockout losses in his career to Ben Rothwell, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Roy Nelson.

Round 1: Arlovski quickly clinches and unloads a series of left hands. Not much damage and they separate. Schaub fires off with a combo and has Arlovski backing up for a brief moment. Back to the clinch against the fence for Arlovski, who is taking some deep breathes. Schaub seems annoyed by the clinch game, pushing Arlovski away. Schaub throwing a huge overhand right, but misses. Schaub defends a takedown attempt after Arlovski delivers a Jon Jones-kick to the kneecap.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Schaub

Round 2: Right off the bat Schaub catches a low blow and we have a break. After some strict instructions from referee John McCarthy, we are back live. Schaub catches a shot and he has a cut on his left eye. Arlovski to the body and follows up with a straight left. To the clinch again, and Arlovski doesn’t do any damage. Schaub just misses on an overhand right, but is unable to counter. Schaub fakes low and lands, but also eats a jab to the body. This time, it’s Schaub with the clinch as we approach the two-minute mark and the crowd gets restless at the lack of action. Schaub gets a takedown, but is out of control and can’t capitalize. Schaub lands an uppercut to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Schaub

Round 3: Schaub comes in wildly and misses on a pair of shots, but does connect with a quick left. Arlovski catches him with a left on the way in and there was an accidental headbutt noticed by the ref that stops the action. They engage and clinch, with Arlovski showing his power and winning the battle. However, it’s Schaub with the takedown and into guard with three minutes to go. Schaub doing little damage, but enough to stay in the position. He lands a hammer-fist as we go under a minute and they stand up. Schaub with the clinch against the fence, but Arlovski reverses it. Schaub’s face is a bloody mess.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Schaub

Andrei Arlovski def. Brendan Schaub via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante

To the light heavyweight division we return, as Ryan Bader takes on Rafael Cavalcante.

Bader (16-4), a former Ultimate Fighter winner, is an even 2-2 in his last four after back-to-back wins over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Jason Brilz. He defeated Anthony Perosh to close out 2013.

Cavalcante (12-4) has compiled a 5-2 record with one no-contest over his last eight fights, including a recent finish of Igor Pokrajac. His losses during this run were to Thiago Silva and Dan Henderson.

Round 1: No feeling out period, as these two are coming right after each other. Bader just misses on a big head kick. Bader ducks and scores with an easy takedown. Cavalcante quickly to his feet and both men are trying to wear on the other. Bader rag-dolls him to the canvas, but Cavalcante right back up. Bader is hammering the thigh with knees, taking away some power of Cavalcante and keeping him grounded for the moment. Cavalcante just misses on a step-in left hook, but he appears to have the respect of Bader. One more takedown for Bader as we go under a minute. Cavalcante curling into a ball as Bader punishes him with shots to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bader

Round 2: Big spinning back kick right off the bat for Cavalcante. Bader ducks under and shoots for a takedown, but is denied this time. Just brute force allows Bader to score a single-leg takedown. Really nice knees to the body by Bader to a grounded Cavalcante, as he is controlling him and keeping him on the ground. Bader winning the striking game along with the wrestling action so far.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bader

Round 3: Cavalcante’s corner told him go for broke and he does, coming out with a huge right hand that connects. Bader tries for a takedown, is denied, and eats a series of shots. Another takedown attempt is denied by Cavalcante. Bader denied on a third takedown try. The fourth time, though, is successful for the former college standout. He is back to punishing the body with short shots as we head under two minutes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bader

Ryan Bader def. Rafael Cavalcante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley

Our co-main event features two welterweights looking to inch closer to a title shot, as Canada’s own, Rory MacDonald, faces Tyron Woodley.

MacDonald (16-2) is 6-1 in his last seven, suffering only a split decision loss to Robbie Lawler last year. The Tristar Gym fighter has defeated the likes of BJ Penn, Nate Diaz, Jake Ellenberger and Demian Maia.

Woodley (13-2) is coming off back-to-back finishes of former interim champion Carlos Condit and ex-No. 1 contender Josh Koscheck. He was defeated by Jake Shields via split decision last year.

Round 1: Intense staredown from MacDonald as we get going. He’s very aggressive, which could play into Woodley’s plan. Woodley clinches, locks his hands, lands some knees to the body and backs him against the fence. Question mark kick from MacDonald and Woodley answers with a kick of his own. MacDonald closes the distance, lands a combo and is continuing the apply the pressure. Woodley scores with a takedown, but is unable to do any damage because MacDonald gets right back up. He follows up with kicks to the body and goes back to pressuring Woodley.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 2: Just like the first, MacDonald comes right out and is the aggressive fighter. MacDonald fakes a takedown of his own but backs off. Woodley fires off a kick to the lead leg and another. Another leg kick from Woodley, and MacDonald responds with his patented question mark kick. MacDonald with kicks to the leg and body, continuing to back him up and keep him against the fence. MacDonald completely playing with Woodley, standing and landing.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 3: Woodley is going for broke, landing a right that clips MacDonald. However, he quickly loses control of the center and is tiring again. MacDonald with a combo to the chin that connects. Looked like a low kick from MacDonald, but as Woodley tries to take a break, the ref tells them to continue, saying, “it didn’t hit you good.” MacDonald comes back with kicks and scores a takedown of his own against the former college standout wrestler. MacDonald moves to side control with 30 seconds left, as the crowd begins chanting, “Rory, Rory.” He’s pounding away with big right hands, as he has Woodley trapped.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Rory MacDonald def. Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Ali Bagautinov for the UFC flyweight championship

It’s time for the main event, as UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his title against Ali Bagutinov.

Johnson (19-2-1) has fended off the challenges of Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga and John Dodson since winning the belt in 2012. His two latest wins have both been finishes, and “Mighty Mouse” is unbeaten in his last six overall, going 5-0 with one no-contest.

Bagautinov (13-2) is a perfect 3-0 inside the Octagon, including back-to-back wins over John Lineker and Tim Elliott. He is on a 11-fight unbeaten streak, dating back to a 2011 decision loss.

Round 1: Bagautinov baiting Johnson in, standing flat-footed in the center of the Octagon. Good kick to the body from the challenger, who is now getting backed up against the fence. They tie up, exchange knees, Bagautinov grabs hold of one leg, lets go and gets caught in a Muay Thai clinch. Great takedown defense from the champion, but he eats a right and a knee to the body. Johnson reverses and lands a series of stiff knees to the body. Bagautinov finishes the round with a takedown, but Johnson springs right back up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 2: Back to the clinch, and Johnson gets the better of it again. Cut on the bridge of Bagautinov’s nose, and DJ shows his kicking ability with a high kick. Johnson with a hard right and he’s backing up. Bagautinov ties him up and lands a good knee to the body. Johnson defending against the takedown, also working his own offense with elbows to the head while defending.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 3: Just in terms of “pep in the step,” Johnson hasn’t even moved his needle off full yet. Inside leg kicks from the champion are connecting. Big right-hand counter connects and back to working the inside leg kicks. Bagautinov doesn’t appear to have an answer for anything DJ is doing. Bagautinov gets a takedown, but just like in the first, can’t keep him down and do any damage. Johnson gains the clinch and unloads with heavy knees. Two huge knees from Johnson.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 4: A little more bounce to Bagautinov’s step to start this round, but nowhere near that of Johnson. Bagautinov flails with a wild shot and eats a counter for his efforts. Off a takedown attempt, DJ lands a knee to the head as we head past the midway point in the round. Johnson connects with a knee to the face. Bagautinov’s got him against the fence in his corner, but can’t do anything with the advantage, eating several knees.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 5: Bagautinov shoots for a takedown but is denied. Johnson with a huge knee inside the clinch and fires off several more shots. Another knee that gets caught this time, but he’s unable to complete the takedown. Bagautinov with a scream, as he appeared to get his knee caught. He’s stuck in the clinch and is eating several knees to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Demetrious Johnson def. Ali Bagautinov via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to remain UFC flyweight champion

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