Okay, so UFC 174 wasn’t the worst card in UFC Pay-Per-View history (or was it?), with fans on Twitter agreeing with TVMix’s assessment of the card being lackluster at best.
The main event was the first PPV headlining fighters in the flyweight division, where champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson faced Ali Bagautinov. History shows, the lighter weight divisions from lightweight on down, don’t do well when it comes to translating into PPV buys.
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Johnson won a dominate five-round decision, picking apart Bagautinov, who wasn’t able to time Johnson or be consistent with any offense, with the Russian looking lost and out of his league.
Johnson has already faced all the top contenders in the flyweight division, but it looks like John Dodson will get another crack at “Mighty Mouse.”
Welterweight contender Rory MacDonald — teammate of George St. Pierre — put it on Tyron Woodley for all three rounds in the co-main event. MacDonald went right at Woodley from the start, backing him up immediately, and he picked Woodley away with punches and kicks the entire fight.
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At the end of the third round, MacDonald took Woodley down, where he employed his ground-and-pound, with Woodley doing nothing. The win should put MacDonald second in line for a title shot; next to the winner of Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown.
Light heavyweights Ryan Bader and Rafael Calvacante battled for position inside the top 15 rankings, but it was all Bader tonight, who was able to take Calvacante down, using strikes and knees to wear down the Brazilian.
In the third round, Calvacante’s corner called for him to do something — and he tried — tagging Bader with a hard right hand until Bader was able to take him to the ground. The judges scored it a unanimous 30-27 victory for “Darth Bader.”
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski made his return to the UFC, taking on his younger counterpart and former sparring partner Brendan Schaub.
To put it bluntly — the fight was lackluster, with little action and both men not engaging with each other for most of the fight. A decision that could have gone either way, the judges awarded Arlovski the split-decision victory.
In the opening fight of the main card between Ovince St. Preux and Ryan Jimmo, the ref stopped the fight when Jimmo yelled out, “My arm is broken,” in the second round.
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It was unclear whether his arm was broken by a leg kick or a submission attempt by St. Preux who now has the second longest win streak in the light heavyweight division, second to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
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