UFC 174 is in the books and it was a good night overall as Demetrious Johnson defended his UFC Flyweight title with a dominating five round performance over Ali Bagautinov and hometown favorite Rory MacDonald looked every bit the champion in waiting as he easily won his bout with Tyron Woodley.
Demetrious Johnson defeats Ali Bagautinov
Johnson used a combination of speed and power to leave his opponent flustered and swinging at where Johnson used to be. Bagautinov just couldn’t keep up with the faster Johnson. Johnson couldn’t put Bagautinov away before the final bell but the decision was never in doubt as he won 50-45 on all 3 judges cards.
Rory MacDonald over Tyron Woodley
There were some doubts about MacDonald after a couple of non-Macdonald-esque fights. First a boring jab fest against Jake Ellenberger and a split decision loss to Robbie Lawler but his UFC 174 performance should put any doubts to rest about his pedigree. MacDonald rushed to the middle of the cage and forced Woodley into retreat from the opening bell. He kept Woodley guessing by mixing up punches and kicks to the head and the body; Woodley never got comfortable and never got his offense going. After the fight MacDonald said he was ready for a title shot and based on this fight, it’s hard to argue. MacDonald won 30-27 on all judges cards.
Ryan Bader defeats Raphael Cavalcante
Ryan Bader isn’t ready to be labeled a gatekeeper just yet as he used his wrestling to smother Raphael Cavalcante to earn a unanimous victory. He avoided Cavalcante’s strikes and resisted any attempt to be lured into a slugfest.
Andrei Arlovski defeats Brendan Schuab
Andrei Arlovski won a debatable spit decision over Brendan Schaub but Dana White summed it up best when he said “the fans lost” when he was talking about the lackluster heavyweight tilt. Both fighters were tentative but threw a decent amount of strikes but neither fighter was in danger of being put away. Schaub appeared to have a broken jaw but it’s unclear when it happened. The fight earned boos from the crowd. Perhaps this should have been on the preliminary card rather than the PPV.
Ovince St. Preux defeats Ryan Jimmo
OSP earned a victory over the tough Canadian but it wasn’t how he expected. After an entertaining first round, Jimmo and OSP were fighting on the ground when Jimmo started screaming that his arm was broken, shortly after the referee stopped the fight and OSP earned a TKO Victory.
UFC 174 Full Results
Demetrious Johnson (c)def.Ali Bagautinov Decision (unanimous) (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Rory MacDonald def.Tyron Woodley Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ryan Bader def.Rafael Cavalcante (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Andrei Arlovski def.Brendan Schaub Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Ovince St. Preux def.Ryan Jimmo Verbal Submission (injury)
Kiichi Kunimoto def.Daniel Sarafian Submission (rear-naked choke)
Valérie Létourneau def.Elizabeth Phillips Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Yves Jabouin def. Mike Easton (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tae Hyun Bang def. Kajan Johnson KO (punch)
Michinori Tanaka def.Roland Delorme Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight Jason Saggo def.Josh ShockleyTKO (punches)14:57