The Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to the Bell Center in Montreal Canada for the UFC 186 card. The event features a flyweight title match as Demetrious Johnson defends his belt against the streaking Kyoji Horiguchi.
Here are my UFC 186 predictions:
Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
You can easily make a solid case that Johnson (21-2-1, 8 submissions) is the pound-for-pound best fighter in MMA given how impressive he’s been in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Horiguchi (15-1-0, 9 KOs) is well-rounded challenger who has displayed his striking power in the past, but he’s yet to face anyone close to DJ’s level or even the caliber of guys Johnson has bested like John Dodson, Ian McCall, and Joseph Benavidez.
Despite the fact Horiguchi is a technically sharp striker, Johnson should have his way with him standing up at UFC 186. He’ll also have the option of taking the fight to the ground anytime he feels like it and finish things there.
Horiguchi doesn’t really have much here besides a puncher’s chance, so I expect DJ to successfully defend the flyweight belt for the sixth time.
Prediction: Demetrious Johnson wins via TKO.
Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway
This clash of middleweight contenders might turn out to be the most entertaining fight at UFC 186. A classic grappler vs. striker matchup, the outcome of this bout will likely come down to who wants it more come fight time.
Bisping (25-7-0, 15 KOs) is the technically sharper striker, but Dollaway (15-6-0, 6 KOs) has made lots of improvements over the years, and his striking is at least a bit above average at this point in his MMA career.
Yeah, I know, Dollaway’s striking looked rudimentary during his last outing against Lyoto Machida, but “The Dragon” does have that effect on opponents.
C.B. likely won’t win most of the striking exchanges against Bisping, but he should be able to keep the damage he takes while standing to a minimum.
Bisping struggled against the last two solid grapplers he faced in Tim Kennedy and Luke Rockhold, so Dollaway, who was able to out grapple Tim Boetsch and Francis Carmont, should be able to work in a few takedowns and some ground-n-pound here and there.
Of course, there’s always a chance Bisping overwhelms Dollaway with his phenomenal cardio, but the odds clearly favor Dollaway heading into this one.
Prediction: C.B. Dollaway wins via decision.
Remaining UFC 186 Predictions:
Fabio Maldonado defeats Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
John Makdessi defeats Shane Campbell
Yves Jabouin defeats Thomas Almeida
Joe Riggs defeats Patrick Côté
Sarah Kaufman defeats Alexis Davis
Chad Laprise defeats Bryan Barberena
David Michaud defeats Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Nordine Taleb defeats Chris Clements
Valérie Létourneau defeats Jessica Rakoczy
Randa Markos defeats Aisling Daly
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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