This fight card has been all over honestly. There are rumors of this fight not being sold out, not even close to apparently but that could have changed. This fight card originally was packed and had the headliner of Dillashaw vs. Barao. It also had Rampage Jackson vs. Maldonado then it didn’t have that one, now it’s back as of Tuesday this week. So now that this fight card is no longer all over the place and only lost its headliner after all and is actually a good fight card. So here is the call for this one’s main card.
(C) Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (21-2-1) vs. (#7) Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1): This fight is going to be a fun flyweight title fight. Demetrious is entering this fight on an eight fight unbeaten streak. He is in my opinion the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC possibly UFC history. This kid is only 28 years of age and is already untouchable. He is the most technical fighter in the UFC, there is not a more sound fighter in the UFC. He even on an off day finds a way to still seem perfect. I can honestly say I have watched Demetrious since he entered the UFC and I believe he is completely unbeatable. Kyoji on the other side though will provide a challenge as he is considered the new face of the Japanese fighters. He comes into this fight undefeated in the UFC. He has 5 first round finishes and knows how to stand with the best of them. 10 of his wins are by finish 9 by KO/TKO and 1 by rear naked choke submission. He is going to be a tough opponent for Johnson and could be able to pull off the upset. I wouldn’t hold your breath though, I have this one going to Mighty Mouse with a 3rd round submission.
Rampage Jackson (32-10) vs (#12) Fabio Maldonado (22-7): This fight is officially on and every UFC fan should rejoice because Rampage is back. He is no longer facing the lawsuit from the dumbest MMA organization in MMA, Bellator. Rampage weighed in at 216 and Maldonado at 215 in a fight that was granted to be a catchweight fight due to the last second move to add Rampage back to the fight card. Rampage used to be a UFC monster and former title holder. He said he is excited for this fight because Maldonado called him out and asked him for the fight. He believes this fight will be a standing brawl and expects both of them to stand there and keep the fans excited. His opinion of his fight style is “whoop that ass.” That alone brings a ton of excitement to this fight because he is a brawler who will scrap in the octagon with anyone. Fabio Maldonado isn’t insane to call out Rampage Jackson like most might think. This guy used to be a boxer before coming into the UFC. He was 22-0 with 21 KO’s as a boxer. That means this fight will be just an absolute brawl and the first one to hit a clean open combo will most likely be the victor. This fight being a catchweight fight made this even more exciting as they didn’t have to cut weight and are going to be even more powerful. I am going to let my nostalgic heart pick this one and take Rampage in a 3rd round KO after a bloody match.
(#10) Michael “The Count” Bisping (26-7) vs (#11) CB Dollaway (16-7): Let the trash talking continue the whole fight if possible. These two middleweights hate each other and they aren’t afraid to let the other one know it. Bisping is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. He has finished 20 of his 26 wins. 17 of those 20 are by KO/TKO the other 3 coming obviously from submission. That being said don’t count Bisping out if this fight goes to the mat just because he has 3 submissions compared to 17 KO finishes doesn’t meant he can’t wrestle. He just happens to finish fights standing before either fighter takes them to the mat. CB Dollaway though on the other side is far from a pushover. CB has finished 9 of his 16 pro fights, 6 by KO and 3 by submission. CB is coming in winning 4 of his last 6 fights and will be a great opponent to Bisping. This fight is really hard to call I wish I had a glass ball honestly. But since I don’t I will take my best shot on this one. I am going to take CB with an impressive 2nd round win by KO.
John Makdessi (12-3) vs Shane Campbell (11-2): This is a fight in the lightweight division. John Makdessi is an exciting fighter who seems to only have one fight style. He has 12 wins 8 by KO the other 4 are by decision. He does have a great trainer though as he is trained by GSP, one of the best fighters in UFC history. Four of his 8 KO/TKO finishes are first round KO’s and will look to come out swinging in this fight as well. He comes into this fight winning 3 of his last 4 fights and looks to keep his hot hand and move forward in a stacked division. Shane Campbell is a well-rounded fighter who will be a matchup nightmare for Makdessi. Campbell comes in winning 7 of his last 8 and three straight of those. He has 5 first round KO/TKO’s and 2 by submission finishing 7 of his 11 wins. Three of those seven are first round finishes none the less. This fight will go one of three ways. It will either be a standing brawl like John Makdessi would love it to. Second option is that it will wind up on the mat and Campbell will come out with the win because he is the better fighter there. Finally the third option is the one me as well as all UFC fans would hate the most, Campbell keeps trying to take it to the ground and Makdessi and him keep clinching making this a slow paced boring fight. Let’s hope it doesn’t go there but anyway here is my call for this one, I have Makdessi winning this fight in a third round KO after a fun first two rounds, he will catch Campbell with one good open shot and capitalize.
Yves Jabouin (20-9) vs. Thomas Almeida (18-0): Here is a fight in the bantamweight division that could be pretty enjoyable. Yves is a true veteran at 35 years of age entering his 30th professional fight. He is a great striker and wrestler with a steady pace. His 20 professional wins are compiled with 11 wins by KO and one by submission, the other 8 by decision. He is 5-2 in the bantamweight in the division and looks to improve that to a 6-2. In the other corner is a UFC “newcomer” entering just his second fight in the Octagon. He is 18-0 and is a freak to be reckoned with, he is only 23 years of age with 18 wins already entering this fight. His 18 wins are compiled of 13 by KO/TKO, 4 by submission and the last one by decision. The most exciting factor of this fight and the most impressive fact about Almeida is that 14 of those 18 wins are first round finishes. This fight will be one hell of an opener to the UFC 186 main card. I am so excited for this fight and for Thomas Almeida’s career. I am going to pick a first round KO within two minutes of the first round by Almeida moving to 19-0.
- Matt Koontz
Fox Sports 1 Prelims
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. David Michaud: The first fight of the night comes with a lightweight bout between two fairly new faces to the UFC. Olivier Aubin-Mercier made it to the finals in The Ultimate Fighter Nations. He is 6-1 in his professional career and five of his wins are all by rear naked chokes. Olivier is a black belt in Judo and a brown belt in BJJ, despite this he has only a 29% success rate in takedowns. He also only has a 46% percent in total strikes landed and 58% in strikes avoided. His opponent in this fight is David Michaud. David Michaud also competed on a season of The Ultimate Fighter, Ultimate Fighter 16. David is a more experienced 8-1 and has a more balanced fight record with 3 wins by KO and 3 by submission. Michaud has been wrestling his whole life and it reflects with a 58% success rate for takedowns and 71% success rate in takedowns defended. I think this is going to be a very technical ground match and it will go to decision in favor of David Michaud.
Chad Laprise vs. Bryan Barberena: This next fight is another lightweight matchup against two slightly more experienced fighters. Chad Laprise is the man that beat Aubin-Mercier and was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Nations. Laprise is 10-0 and won 5 fights by KO and 1 by submission. Chad Laprise finished five of his fights in the first round. He has a great defense with 70% of strikes avoided and 80% of takedowns defended. On the other side of the cage is Bryan Barberena and is 10-2 in his professional career. Barberena is on a 7 fight win streak and has 8 wins by KO and 1 by submission. He also has three first round finishes. He has poor defense with 60% of strikes avoided and 40% of takedowns defended. This fight will most likely be mostly standing and throwing. I predict that Chad Laprise will wear down Bryan Barberena due to his bad defense and Laprise will pick up a TKO victory in the 3rd round.
(#3)Alexis Davis vs. (#5)Sarah Kaufman: The third prelim fight will be in the women’s bantamweight division. The #3 ranked Alexis Davis is coming into this fight after a loss to the Champ, Ronda Rousey. Despite that she has won 8 of her last 10 fights and has 7 overall wins by submission and two by KO. She has a black belt in both Brazilian and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, an amateur Muay Thai champ and works on Judo. Davis is going up against the #5 ranked Sarah Kaufman who is 17-2. Kaufman has won 5 of her last 7 fights, has 10 wins by knockout and is 2-0 against Alexis Davis. Kaufman is the owner of the only female fight in the UFC Ultimate 100 Knockouts. I predict that Sarah Kaufman will become 3-0 against Alexis Davis with a 3rd round TKO.
Patrick Cote vs. Joe Riggs: The final match for the prelims will take place in the welterweight division between two veterans of the Octagon. Patrick Cote is coming into this fight 21-9 with 8 wins by KO and 3 by submission. He is a former member of the Canadian Army, has a brown belt in BJJ and a black belt in Muay Thai. Cote is known for both his knockout power and his excellent submission skills. Joe Riggs has an impressive record of 40-15 at the age of 32. Riggs has 29 wins by KO and 7 by submission. He has attained titles in other organizations such as Strikeforce, WEC and Bellator. This fight should prove to be extremely entertaining with action in every aspect of MMA. Both of these fighters are experienced everywhere this fight could take them. I think this fight will go the distance and Patrick Cote will walk away with the decision.
UFC 186 Main Card
Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida: We start the main card with a bantamweight matchup. The 20-9 Yves Jabouin is known for his striking and his wrestling. He has 11 wins by knockout and an impressive takedown defense of 81%. Jabouin has won 5 of his last 7 fights and is looking to start a 2 fight win streak. On the other side of the octagon is Thomas Almeida who is coming into this fight 18-0. Almeida has 13 wins by KO and 4 by submission, and has finished 14 fights in the first round. Almeida has a similarly impressive defense with a success rate of 82% for takedowns defended and 65% success rate for strikes avoided. Almeida also has an amazing average of 8 strikes per minute. I think Thomas Almeida will advance to 19-0 with a 2nd round KO.
John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell: For the next event we see a 160 pound catchweight bout. John Makdessi has the best defense that we have seen tonight with 75% of total strikes avoided and 86% of total takedowns defended. Makdessi has a professional record of 12-3 with 8 wins by knockout and the other 4 by decision. He also has 4 first round finishes and a black belt in kickboxing. Makdessi’s opponent in this fight will be a UFC debut for Shane Campbell. Shane Campbell is 11-2 and on a 3 fight win streak. Campbell has won 5 fights by KO and 2 by submission. I think this will be a close match, but John Makdessi will take home the win by decision due to this being Shane Campbell’s first UFC fight.
(#10)Michael Bisping vs. (#11) CB Dolloway: Now we move on to a middleweight bout between two experienced, ranked fighters. Michael Bisping is 26-7 and has finished 20 of his winning fights, 17 by KO and 3 by submission. He is 11-6 as a middleweight and is known for his standup and his adaptability. Bisping has won 8 of his last 13 and is 1 of 8 Ultimate Fighter winners to win all his fights by KO, TKO or submission. On the other side of the cage is CB Dolloway. Dolloway is 16-7 and has won 4 of his last 6 fights. He has finished 9 of his 16 pro wins with 3 wins by submission and 6 wins by knockout. His won his first pro fight by knockout via slam in just 17 seconds. I think this will prove to be another close fight at first with a good portion of the match being stand-up. I think we will see two expert stand-up fighters be able to flow between slow, tactical movements all the way to fast-paced mayhem. When the match is over I predict that CB Dolloway will win by 2nd round KO and hopefully break into the top 10.
Rampage Jackson vs. (#12)Fabio Maldonado: Now we are the co-main event of the evening and I couldn’t be more excited that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is back in this fight. Rampage had to step away from this fight due to some legal issues, but he is back and they are allowed to compete at catchweight of 215. Every UFC fan should have some memory of Rampage because he is a veteran of the Octagon and an extremely entertaining fighter. He is known for his explosive stand-up, insane takedowns and his vicious ground and pound. This man has at least a dozen wins by knockout, one of which being via powerbomb. Jackson’s opponent tonight is the #12 ranked Fabio Maldonado. Maldonado also has over a dozen knockouts in his 22-7 professional record. If that wasn’t enough to get you interested in this matchup then this might; Maldonado is the proud owner of a 22-0 pro boxing record with only one of those not being a knockout. On top of all this, Maldonado called out Rampage. He asked to be Rampage’s first fight back in the UFC. These two guys are no doubt going to stand and bang and possibly go home with the fight of the night. Both of these guys have a great chin so I actually believe neither will be able to put the final nail in the coffin of their opponent. I’m going to call this with a decision victory in favor of Rampage Jackson.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi: The main event for the evening is a flyweight title fight. This was originally going to be the co-main event for this card with Barao vs Dillishaw being the main event, but Dillishaw suffered an injury and the fight had to be postponed. This fight will prove to be the right choice for replacing that main event because if you haven’t seen a flyweight matchup yet then you will be in for a treat. Flyweight is probably the fastest division in the UFC and these are definitely two of the fastest fighters in the division. The Champion, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is coming in to this fight 21-2 and successfully defended his title 6 times. Mighty Mouse is the first and only Flyweight Champion in UFC history. He has 8 wins by submission and 4 by KO. Mighty Mouse’s dominance so far in the UFC has earned him the #3 spot on top 10 pound for pound fighters. His opponent is the 15-1 Kyoji Horiguchi. Horiguchi is on a 9 fight win streak and has 9 wins by KO and 1 by submission. Kyoji is a 2nd degree black belt in karate. I think this could be a fairly close matchup as long as the fight stays standing, but Mighty Mouse will quickly gain the upper-hand if it goes to the mat. I think this will be a quick-paced, exciting first few rounds that is mostly standup, and then Mighty Mouse will take it to the mat in the 3rd and gain the submission victory.
- Mike W.