UFC Odds: Johnson Defends Flyweight Belt Against Heavy Hitting Bagautinov

One of the world’s most impressive pound-for-pound fighters will set out to defend his flyweight championship this weekend when Demetrious Johnson takes the octagon at UFC 174. The MMA odds lead heavily in Johnson’s favor against challenge Ali Bagautinov, but don’t assume that it can’t still go either way.

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While Johnson’s -600 UFC 174 odds suggest that he’ll simply overwhelm Bagautinov in his fourth title defense, a quick look at their fighting styles reveals that things could end abruptly for the king.

Whereas Johnson has a plethora of skills that allow him to thrive in fights that go the distance, or submit opponents when necessary, Bagautinov is an explosive strikeout artist, volatile enough to have earned himself the nickname Puncher.

Like any fight that features one of the world’s elite athletes, most eyes will be on Johnson as he sizes up his latest threat and then goes to work. Bagautinov, the +400 underdog, then, can catch the entire UFC betting community off guard with one devastating blow.

Is this the day that Johnson’s reign atop the flyweight division comes crashing to a halt?