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The UFC have released the latest set of 'Countdown to' videos for this weekend's UFC 174 event from Vancouver, Canada.

UFC Flyweight Championship fight - Demetrious Johnson (19-2-1) vs. #4 Ali Bagautinov (13-2)

'Mighty Mouse' Johnson will make his fourth title defence this weekend facing off against the fast rising Russian, Ali Bagautinov.

Johnson has beaten Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga and John Dodson in his past three fights, but Bagautinov is set to be a different challenge altogether for the flyweight king.

Bagautinov is from the Dagestani region of Russia, the same place as lightweight challenger Khabib Nurmagomedov, and will look to impose his will on Johnson.

He comes into the fight on an 11 fight win streak and is undefeated in the UFC so far. A bust-up with Jackson/Winkeljohn teammate and UFC Fight Night 42 main eventer, Rustam Khabilov overshadows him coming into the fight but the true test will be what happens in the championship rounds?

Johnson has gone the distance and never gassed after five rounds, will Bagautinov be ready for those, having never fought past three rounds? Only time will tell.

Welterweight fight - #2 Rory MacDonald (16-2-0) vs. #3 Tyron Woodley (13-2-0)

These two men will meet on Saturday, with a shot at the welterweight title within their reach.

Ranked #2 and #3 respectively by the UFC, these two men are at the top of their division and while they'll have to wait for Robbie Lawler or Matt Brown to challenge Johny Hendricks, a victory puts them in contention.

MacDonald is backed by Georges St-Pierre as the future of the division and will likely be in attendance to support his teammate, whereas Woodley is an explosive fighter, who calls himself the 'The Chosen One'.

It will be a great clash of styles as Woodley looks to overpower and beat MacDonald into a finish, while MacDonald will opt for smart strikes and use his grappling to try and submit Woodley.

Whoever prevails, the welterweight division will be watching with close attention as these fighters are either the next contender to the title, or the next test for their own climb.

Light Heavyweight fight - #9 Ryan Bader (17-4-0) vs. #12 Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante (12-4-0 1NC)

Ryan Bader and Rafael Cavalcante will have a chance to put themselves amongst those the light heavyweight elite with a win on Saturday.

Both men currently sit with just outside the 'best of the rest' in the stacked light heavyweight division, that is currently topped by Jon Jones, and a win would put them squarely amongst those fringe contenders.

They've also bounced back from Round One KO/TKO losses and come into the fight each with a win.

Bader beat Anthony Perosh via decision after being finished by Glover Teixeira and Cavalcante beat Igor Pokrajac via submission in November, after being beat by Thiago Silva.

Cavalcante is the all-rounder with good takedown defence, while Bader's forte is his takedowns so the edge would seem to be in Cavalcante's favour.

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