UFC 186 Main Card (10/9c, ppv)
Yves Jabuin vs. Thomas de Almeida
Opening up the main card is one of the few fights that actually did not have to get scrapped. Both fighters are exciting, and will put on a show.
Thomas de Almeida was one of my favorite non-UFC fighters, before he got signed on. Now that he’s made it, I see him putting on a show. Yves Jabuin will make sure that this will be a firefight, but he’ll fall out before long. He is taylor-made to make de Almeida look great, and that will happen tonight. Prediction: de Almeida via tko, round 2.
John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell
The next fight should also be a fairly fun one. Shane Campbell is an intriguing prospect who’s best remembered for the ‘hadouken’ he flashed upon an opponent during a WSOF fight, while Makdessi is returning to the octagon after a year absence. Granted, the recent stories about Makdessi’s “Fear the Fighter” clothing company not paying sponsored fighters is disheartening, I still see him winning a close fight. Prediction: Makdessi via unanimous decision.
Michael Bisping vs. CB Dolloway
Oh what an unappealing fight this is. Neither fighter is very exciting, and neither will ever be a threat to the UFC’s Middleweight crown. Also, Bisping’s trash talking is extremely cliche and tiring, just like his entire career. Still, he alternates wins with losses, and seeing how he fell to Luke Rockhold in his most recent fight in November, he’ll likely take this one. Prediction: Bisping via unanimous decision.
Rampage Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado
The next fight should be a slugfest. Both guys are strikers who hate going to the ground. Honestly, Rampage looks like he stopped caring years ago. He was once a formidable and revered fighter, but has not looked engaged since he lost to Jon Jones back in 2011.
That said, unless Rampage comes in more unmotivated than ever before, he should win this fight. Prediction: Jackson via unanimous decision.
UFC Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
In the main event of the evening, UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson will look to become the fourth fighter in UFC history to defend his belt six times. Standing in his way is a great, albeit somewhat raw opponent in Kyoto Horiguchi. If the fight took place a year or so later, more people would give the Japanese fighter a chance. Tonight, however, will likely not be his night. Prediction: Johnson via submission, round 4.