UFC 174 Play-by-Play: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov

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Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov

Round 1: Johnson lands first with an inside leg kick.  Bagautinov is in the center of the cage.  Both being careful in the early going.  Johnson lands an outside leg kick and Bagautinov misses on the counter.  Bagautinov lands a kick to the body.  Bagautinov misses with a combination.  Johnson moved just out of the way of it.  Bagautinov now circles on the outside.  Johnson delivers an inside leg kick.  Johnson switching stances.  Bagautinov reaches with a combination and comes up with air.  They clinch.  Bagautinov presses Johnson against the cage.  Johnson applies a Thai clinch and delivers a knee to the body.  Johnson continues to delivers light knees to the body.  Bagautinov responds with a knee to the body of his own.  Bagautinov lands a right hand on the inside.  Johnson delivers hard knees to the body.  Bagautinov elevates Johnson and slams him to the canvas.  Like a spring, Johnson immediately bounces back to his feet.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.

Round 2: Johnson lands an inside leg kick to start the second frame.  They clinch and Johnson delivers a knee to the body and separates.  Bagautinov pushes forward but can’t connect with anything.  Johnson lands an inside leg kick.  He fires off a high kick that partially lands.  Johnson keeping the pressure on the Russian.  Johnson lands a right hook.  Bagautinov goes high with a kick that partially lands.  Johnson jumps in with a knee and Bagautinov ties him up.  He lands a knee to the body and one to the leg of Johnson.  Johnson responds with a knee to the body.  Johnson applies to Thai clinch and delivers a knee.  Bagautinov works for a single leg takedown and Johnson hits him with elbows.  They exchange knees to the body.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Johnson.

Round 3: Johnson lands two inside leg kicks to start the third round.  He continues to target Bagautinov’s lead leg.  Johnson delivers a head kick.  Bagautinov ties him up and presses him against the cage.  Bagautinov lands knees to the body.  Johnson switches to the Thai clinch and lands a knee to the face of the Russian.  They separate.  The champion lands a kick to the body followed by a right hand.  Bagautinov counters with a right.  Johnson moves in with a combination.  He’s out of the pocket before Bagautinov can counter.  Bagautinov misses with a looping right hand.  He changes levels and slams Johnson to the canvas.  Johnson quickly gets back to his feet.  Bagautinov drives him to the cage.  Johnson lands a right hand and delivers knees to the body before separating.  Bagautinov looks for a takedown and Johnson delivers two knees.  Bagautinov gets a takedown, but Johnson ends up on top.  They scramble to their feet and Johnson lands to the body with knees.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Johnson.

Round 4: Johnson targets Bagautinov’s lead leg in the opening seconds of the round.  He bounces on the outside.  He moves in and clinches, delivers a knee to the body and separates.  Bagautinov has his hands to his sides.  Johnson continues to land leg kicks.  He lands and is gone.  He lands a hard kick to the body.  He lands a hard leg kick and Bagautinov counters with a right hand.  Bagautinov goes to the body with a kick.  Johnson slips and as he gets back to his feet, Bagautinov barely misses with a right hand.  Johnson moves in with a knee to the body.  They work for position along the cage.  Johnson goes to the Thai clinch and delivers knees up the middle.  He takes Bagautinov’s back and drags him to the ground.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Johnson.

Round 5: They hug to start the round.  Johnson inches forward.  He lands an inside leg kick and circles away.  Bagautinov unloads a huge right hand that comes up with air.  Johnson moves in with a combination and they clinch.  Johnson lands knees to the body.  Bagautinov works for a single-leg takedown.  He gives up on it.  Johnson goes back to the Thai clinch and delivers knees.  He drops down and works to take Bagautinov down.  Bagautinov defends the takedown attempt.  Johnson stays on him and continues to land knees.  Johnson picks up the pressure some.  Johnson is beating Bagautinov up inside the clinch.  Johnson separates and lands a right hand.  Bagautinov counters with a right and Johnson misses with a wheel kick.  Johnson moves in after missing with a high kick.  Bagautinov works for takedown.  Johnson delivers knees.  It’s been the story of the fight.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.

The judges score the fight for Johnson by unanimous decision.  All three scorecards read 50-45.

Johnson vs. Bagautinov Scorecard

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