UFC 174 is this Saturday night, the main event is of course Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov for the flyweight title. DJ (Johnson) is one of the pound for pound best fighters on the planet right now. The quickest fighter in the world cannot be argued. We see the fighters at face value, let’s dive into their background and see who has the edge come Saturday night.
Demetrious Johnson (19-2) has 4 knockouts, seven submissions and 8 decision victories in his MMA career, while he has never been finished in a fight. He made his UFC debut at UFC 126 – Silva vs. Belfort
Feb / 05 / 2011 against Norifumi Yamamoto which he won by via unanimous decision. He went through the flyweight tournament by beating Ian McCall and then beat Joseph Benavidez to win the Flyweight title via split decision at UFC 152 – Jones vs. Belfort on Sep / 22 / 2012.
He would defend his title three times and won all three of those fights. He beat John Dodson via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 6 – Johnson vs. Dodson on Jan / 26 / 2013, John Moraga via submission at UFC on Fox 8 – Johnson vs. Moraga on Jul / 27 / 2013 and then Joseph Benavidez via knockout at UFC on Fox 9 – Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 on Dec / 14 / 2013.
Ali Bagautinov (13-2) has five knockouts, four submissions and four decision victories, while he has never been finished in a fight.
Prior to joining the UFC he was on an eight fight winning streak. He made his UFC debut against Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini which he won via TKO at UFC Fight Night – Teixeira vs. Bader
Sep / 04 / 2013.
In his next two fights he beat Tim Elliott via unanimous decision at UFC 167 – St. Pierre vs. Hendricks on Nov / 16 / 2013 and then John Lineker via unanimous decision at UFC 169 – Barao vs. Faber 2 on Feb / 01 / 2014.
Knockouts: Bagautinov has 38% knockout wins in his career while Johnson has 21%. Bagautinov has five knockouts compared to DJ has 4 knockout victories.
Submissions: Johnson has 37% submission wins in his career while Bagautinov has 31%. DJ has seven submissions compared to Bagautinov who has four submission victories.
Decisions: Johnson has gone to the judges scorecards and won 42% of his fights by decision while Bagautinov has gone there 31% of the time. DJ has 8 decision victories in his MMA career, while Bagautinov has four.
Striking: DJ might just have the fastest hands in the sports, he lands 3.32 punches per fight compared to Bagautinov who has 2.99. DJ also is a more accurate fighter with 51% striking accuracy compared to Bagautinov who has 41%. Bagautinov takes more strikes with 2.35 per minute compared to Johnson, who only has 1.9. Finally, DJ has better striking defence with 65% avoidance compared to Bagautinov who has 60%.
Grappling: DJ has 3.69 takedown average compared to Bagautinov who has.45. Also DJ has a better takedown accuracy with 55% compared to Bagautinov who has 47%. It’s also hard for fighters to take down Johnson, who has 61% defense compared to Bagautinov who has a flat 50%. Finally, both fighters do not look for submissions, but when they do Bagautinov edges out DJ with 0.69 to DJ with 0.3.
Final Verdict: Looking at the stats, Johnson should win this fight with ease. He get’s in and out, avoids damage, but gives it. Opinions can be changed, stats cannot.
UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov goes down this Saturday night on UFC Fight Pass, FX and pay-per-view. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass and FX all the way to the main event fight on PPV. Keep it locked on MMA Frenzy. The headlining fight is Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov, the co-main event is Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley. The event airs from Vancouver, Canada at the Rogers Arena. The show starts with Jason Saggo vs. Josh Shockley on Fight Pass at 7:00.PM.ET. Then switching to FX with Elizabeth Phillips vs. Valerie Letourneau at 8:00.PM.ET and then starting the real fights with the main card on PPV with Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux at 10:00.PM.ET.