-Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov
Round 1: It takes a minute for either man to make contact with a strike, and two more minutes before they even clinch and grapple. From that range, Bagautinov sneaks in a few short punches and Johnson blasts him with some knees, and just before the horn sounds the Dagestani fighter hoists “Mighty Mouse” up and dumps him down.
Round 2: They strike a bit more in this round, with Johnson scoring with punches and kicks so fast Bagautinov doesn’t even have time to react. The challenger keeps winging punches of his own though, and mixing in takedown attempts against the cage.
Round 3: The champ’s relentless pace and frenetic movement begin to take their toll on Bagautinov, who can’t figure out what to do. He does manage to wrap his hands around Johnson and slam him to the canvas, but the advantage lasts only a second, and then it’s back to trying to catch a hummingbird with chopsticks.
Round 4: Bagautinov is continually frustrated by Johnson’s speed, and with exhaustion coming into play, it’s a losing battle the Dagestani is engaged in. He gets some grappling in in the waning seconds of the round, but even then Mighty Mouse is too fast for him.
Round 5: Thanks to some somewhat successful clinch-work, Bagautinov has his best round yet. But it’s just one round out of five in a bout that was otherwise all Johnson, and when time runs out, the scorecards clearly belong to the champ.
Result: Demetrious Johnson def. Ali Bagautinov via Unanimous Decision