UFC 186 heads back to Canada for UFC 186 on pay-per-view tomorrow night and we’ve got our predictions for all the fights below.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Johnson’s run through almost all of the available contenders at 125lbs has given the UFC a real headache as they try to look for fresh faces to put in against him, and that’s why we see Horiguchi being catapulted to a title shot even though he’s only ranked No.7 in the division.
It’s unfortunate Horiguchi wasn’t given more time to work his way steadily up the ranks as he’s shown promise in his appearances in the Octagon so far and is an explosive, inventive striker with speed and good movement on his side.
However, in Johnson he’s facing arguably the quickest man on the roster who’s extremely well rounded in every discipline. Horiguchi hasn’t fought anyone close to his caliber so far, so this is likely to be a big learning experience for him and I like ‘Mighty Mouse’ to show his superiority on the ground with swift takedowns and control on top before securing a second round submission finish.
Demetrious Johnson to win by submission in Rd2.
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado
Well, there’s absolutely no doubt that ‘Rampage’ is getting exactly what he’d wish for in his return to the UFC – a guaranteed slugfest with fellow striker Maldonado.
Maldonado is a gritty competitor with solid boxing and particularly good body work, but his defense is wide open, relying on his toughness to see him through, which may well prove to be disastrous tomorrow night.
‘Rampage’ isn’t the fighter he once was, but he’s still got enough left in the locker to win against someone of Maldonado’s caliber, and more than likely win impressively within the distance by TKO as his power proves too much for his opponent’s durable chin to absorb.
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson to win by TKO in Rd2.
Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway
Bisping’s recent patchy record means his title contention days are probably over now, but he’s still capable of being a competitive gatekeeper and will look to stop Dollaway from breaking back into the middleweight top 10 tomorrow night.
Dollaway has shown some signs of improvement in his game in the last couple of years, but he still has a solid rather than spectacular skill-set, with wrestling being his best asset and offering a potential route to victory against the Brit.
Bisping can be outwrestled, but I don’t think Dollaway will dominate him there the way Kennedy did and for the most part he does a good job of keeping his fights upright and should be able to comfortably outstrike and outwork Dollaway from range. Bisping will have to tread carefully, but I think he can eek out a decision win here.
Michael Bisping to win by decision.
John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell
It’s always a tough ask to make your UFC debut on just a few weeks notice, particularly under the glare of a main card spotlight against an experienced opponent, so Shane Campbell has a real challenge ahead of him in Montreal.
He shouldn’t be completely out of his comfort zone though as he is a very capable striker which is also Makdessi’s strong suit, so this could well prove to be a competitive scrap.
Makdessi’s mix of solid fundamentals and more flashy, eye-catching strikes, together with his greater comfort level in the Octagon should be enough to see him to a decision victory though, but Campbell will give the judges something to think about.
John Makdessi to win by decision.
Thomas Almeida vs. Yves Jabouin
More striking action is almost certain in the main card opener as exciting prospect Almeida meets the veteran campaigner Jabouin.
At this stage in his career the 35 year-old Jabouin’s best days are now behind him and Almeida. who’s 12 years his junior may well be the guy that really emphasizes that fact as there’s more speed and spark to his striking and generally more momentum behind him, propelled by an unbeaten 18-0 record compiled in just a four year period.
Thomas Almeida to win by decision.
Patrick Cote vs. Joe Riggs
Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis
Chad Laprise vs. Bryan Barberena
Nordine Taleb vs. Chris Clements
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. David Michaud
Jessica Rakoczy vs. Valerie Letourneau
Aisling Daly vs. Randa Markos