When people think of exciting fighters, one division comes to mind — the flyweight division.
This division is full of exciting fighters who are some of the fastest in the sport. At UFC 169, the flyweight division got another serious contender in Ali Bagautinov. Bagautinov took on a tough test in John Lineker last night, but he passed with flying colors.
Lineker is known for his brutal power, but Bagautinov was able to avoid anything serious on the feet, and when the openings were there, he took the fight to the mat. He dominated the ground exchanges, which was impressive because Bagautinov is usually known for his impressive standup. Going up against Lineker, he knew he would need to change it up, and he did just that last night, taking Lineker down when he least expected it.
This was one of Bagautinov’s most impressive wins, and he now asserts himself as a top contender in the division, a division that is currently being dominated by Demetrious Johnson.
Bagautinov is now on an impressive 11-fight winning streak, and he’s 3-0 in the UFC. Bagautinov is proving to be a very elite fighter with a well-rounded game. The flyweight division is relatively shallow at this point, so Bagautinov could certainly fight for the belt if the UFC and Dana White deem it appropriate.
He would pose some serious problems for Johnson, so it would be great to see him get a shot at the champ, who has looked unstoppable as of late. Bagautinov is one of the best Russian fighters in the UFC right now and he’s looking to keep his impressive winning streak alive in hopes of fighting for the belt, which would be a dream come true for him and his camp.