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After UFC 173 and 175 had their main events in place recently, the pay-per-view event to be held on June 14 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver now has a headliner at last. Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson is set to defend his belt against gutsy Russian Ali Bagautinov at UFC 174. This will be the promotion’s first event in the Canadian city since 2011.
Given that no last-minute card adjustments would reschedule the fight, it will be Johnson’s first shot to headline a UFC PPV in history. The Mighty Mouse won the inaugural flyweight title against Josepth Buenavidez via split decision last September of 2012, and went on to defend his belt three times, but only at UFC on Fox events.
Johnson’s latest adversary is undefeated ever since competing in the Octagon last year. In such a short span of time, he quickly had a 3-0 record to earn his chance to test the one and only flyweight king of the UFC.
As Bagautinov receives the biggest opportunity of his career and Johnson faces one of the toughest threats in his reign, the fight holds a lot of promises any fan couldn’t afford to miss.