For the first time since the flyweight division was created more than two years ago, a championship bout in the weight class will headline a UFC pay-per-view.
In the newly announced main event for UFC 174 in Vancouver, flyweight king Demetrious Johnson will put his 125-pound title on the line against top contender Ali Bagautinov.
UFC officials confirmed the news to FOX Sports after an initial report from Sportsnet in Canada.
Johnson (19-2-1) has quickly become one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport after being a top 10 fighter competing at bantamweight before dropping down to a more natural weight class where he’s been the only champion the division has ever known.
In his last fight, Johnson dispatched of Joseph Benavidez with a thunderous first round knockout to complete his third straight title defense since winning the belt. Now the Washington native will look to make it four in a row when he headlines UFC 174 in June.
Looking to take the crown off his head will be Russian native Ali Bagautinov (13-2), who is still undefeated since coming to the UFC in 2013. Bagautinov made a quick rise through the ranks, winning three fights in a row including victories over Tim Elliott and John Lineker in his last bout in February.
Now Bagautinov will try to keep his momentum going when he faces Johnson in June in the new main event for the UFC’s return to Vancouver on June 14.