Demetrious (Mighty Mouse) Johnson will defend his UFC flyweight title for the fourth time against Russian Ali (Puncher) Bagautinov in the main event of UFC 174 on June 14 in Vancouver.
The co-main event at the Rogers Arena see Rory (Ares) MacDonald, a native of Kelowna, B.C., who now fights out of Montreal, take on Tyron (The Chosen One) Woodley in a battle of welterweight contenders.
Bagautinov (13-2) is ranked fifth in the 125-pound division and has won all three of his fights in the UFC.
Johnson (19-2-1) became the UFC’s first flyweight champion when he beat Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152 in September 2012. He has gone on to make successful title defences against John Dodson, John Moraga and Benavidez.
MacDonald (16-2) is ranked second among welterweight contenders. He is coming off a win over Demian Maia.
Woodley (13-2) is the No. 4 contender at 170 pounds and has been making noise in the division since defeating Carlos Condit by TKO at UFC 171 in March.
It’s the UFC’s first show in Vancouver since UFC 131 in June 2011.
The MMA promoter opted to stay away because of what it saw as onerous insurance and other requirements that have since been modified.