With the prelims complete for UFC 186, it’s time to move to the main card, which will conclude with a flyweight scrap between champ Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi.
Thomas Almeida vs. Yves Jabouin
Almeida lands an inside leg kick. Both bantamweights testing each other’s range. Almeida plants a jab. Jabouin with a quick kick to the body, and then he explodes in, takes Almeida down. Almeida gets back up. Jabouin with another quick body kick. Almeida responds with one of his own. Almeida lands a right. Jabouin spins with a kick but misses. Almeida plants a nice overhand right. Almeida comes in chucking hard shots. Jabouin remains composed, is returning fire, but eats a big right and left. Wow. Almeida starts pouring on shots as Jabouin is up against the cage. The referee Yves Lavigne stops the fight. Big win for Almeida.
Thomas Almeida def. Yves Jabouin via TKO (punches) R1, 4:18
Shane Campbell vs. John Makdessi
This fight could produce some fireworks. Campbell lands a leg kick to start the fight. And another. Height and reach advantage is huge for Campbell. Latter takes a left. Makdessi pushes Campbell to the cage. Makdessi almost gets takedown but can’t. Campbell fires a right hook. Makdessi is already cut over his nose. Another leg kick from Campbell. And another. Makdessi cracks in a hard right. Campbell continues to beat down Makdessi’s leg. Wow. Campbell shoots in but eats a right. Makdessi lands another left. Wow. Huge right from Makdessi and Campbell goes down. Campbell is trying to get back up but is eating a ton of shots. Makdessi plants a left. Campbell is in a ton of trouble and he pushes Makdessi to the fence. Makdessi grabs the fence on a Campbell takedown attempt. Makdessi comes in with a left. Campbell gets dropped again with a right. Ref jumps in as Campbell tries to cover up. What a crazy fight.
John Makdessi def. Shane Campbell by TKO (punches) R1, 4:53
Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway
Both men flick in jabs. Dollaway fires off a couple of kicks but when hits low. Bisping throws a few kicks of his own. Bisping leads with a hook. Dollaway changes levels but Bisping defends the takedown. Bisping lands a nice right. Dollaway misses with a kick. Lands a follow up kick. Dollaway is chucking big hooks as Bisping engages. The latter is keeping busy with jabs. Dollaway plants a heavy leg kick. Bisping charges in but gets dropped with a left. Wow. Bisping seems okay but is still on his back. Bisping is back on his feet. Crazy. Bisping ends the round with a big flurry. Crowd is buzzing.
Round 2: Bisping flurries in but nearly gets hit with the hook counter again. Bisping plants a hard left and a right. Bisping flurries in again and Dollaway chucks a big hook in return. Bisping comes in with a flying knee and Dollaway taunts. The latter shoots in but can’t get it. Bisping nearly lands a spinning back fist. Bisping continues to stay busy. Bisping clips Dollaway with a right. Dollaway fires back but may have been hurt. Bisping is cut by his right eye. Bisping misses with a spinning kick by a mile. Dollaway gets a takedown late in the round.
Round 3: Dollaway plants a left hook to begin the round. Bisping flurries in. Bisping cracks Dollaway with a right but the latter gets the takedown. Bisping gets back up and fires a body kick. Fights up for grabs. Dollaway cracks Bisping with a big left. The latter returns a right. Bisping fires in a big right. Bisping lands a right and a left. Dollaway nearly gets clipped with a head kick. Dollaway shoots in but can’t get it. Dollaway follows up with a right. Bisping flurries in. Bisping fires a couple of leg kicks. Dollaway shoots in but can’t get it. Bisping lands a left and Dollaway is on his back. Bisping starts firing down shots. Dollaway gets back to his feet. Bisping plants a big right. What a grueling bout.
Michael Bisping def. C.B. Dollaway via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
“Rampage”Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado
Jackson fires a jab to begin the fight. Both men chuck hooks. Jackson lands a nice leg kick and digs hard to the body with a hook. Jackson pushes Maldonado to the cage. Jackson lands a left and a knee to the body. Jackson flurries in. Maldonado lands a body shot. Jackson threatens with an upper cut. Jackson punishes Maldonado with several punches, and pushes him to the cage. Maldonado appears to be cut by his left eye. Jackson with a double jab. “Rampage” follows up with a shot to the body. Maldonado calls him on. Jackson goes high with a kick but Maldonado ducks under. Round ends.
Round 2: Maldonado charges in and Jackson counters with an uppercut. Jackson says he was poked in the eye but ref tells him to continue. Maldonado pushes Jackson to the cage. The latter breaks away. Maldonado throws a few punches and backs Jackson to the fence again. Maldonado backs off. Jackson flurries nicely. The latter throws several punches to the body. Maldonado pushes Jackson to the cage again. “Rampage” moves away but looks tired. Maldonado comes forward but eats an uppercut. He calls “Rampage” on once more. Jackson lands a nice left. Wow. Maldonado takes Jackson down. Round ends.
Round 3: Jackson throws a few jabs. Follows up with a leg kick. Jackson digs hard to the body with a hook. Another leg kick from Jackson. Maldonado plants a nice right hand. Jackson flurries in but Maldonado covers up well. Maldonado loses his mouth piece. Maldonado keeps moving forward but isn’t landing much. The latter pushes Jackson to the cage. Jackson fires an elbow to the head. Nice flurry from Jackson. Maldonado fires in a good left hook, pushes Jackson to the cage. They break. Jackson protests Maldonado moving back and the fight ends. Should be Jackson’s.
“Rampage” Jackson def. Fabio Maldonado via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
For the flyweight title guys and gals. Horiguchi starts with a kick to the body. The champ fires in a leg kick. Johnson lands a right. Another kick from Horiguchi. The latter storms in, lands a left. Lots and lots of movement as expected. Johnson catches a leg kick and pushes Horiguchi to the cage. Horiguchi tries to break free and does. Johnson flurries in nicely and takes Horiguchi down. The challenger gets back to his feet. Big leg kick from Horiguchi. The latter threatens with a knee as Johnson shoots in. Another body kick from Horiguchi. Round ends.
Round 2: Both guys come out light on their feet. Johnson charges in and throws a knee. Horiguchi storms back and fires his own knee. Johnson pushes him to the cage. Wow. Horiguchi trips Johnson to the mat. The champ gets back up but eats a left. Still a ton of movement. Johnson hits a takedown. Horiguchi is trying to get back up and does momentarily. Horiguchi gets to his feet but Johnson shoots in again. Horiguchi gets to his feet but again “Mighty Mouse” takes him down. The challenger gets back up. Johnson flurries in and takes Horiguchi down. Champ’s wrestling is starting to take over. Challenger gets back up. Horiguchi storms in and lands a couple of shots. Johnson lands a right and gets another takedown. Round ends.
Round 3: Johnson fires a leg kick. The champ follows up with a body kick. Johnson shoots in but can’t get the takedown. Again, the champs shoots in but Horiguchi defends. Johnson comes in and drags Horiguchi to the mat. The challenger gets to his feet again. Horiguchi plants a left on the break. Johnson attempts another takedown but can’t get it. The champ does hit the takedown on another try. Johnson passes into the sidemount. Fans start to boo…Johnson moves into the crucifix position but time is running out. Round ends.
Round 4: Johnson throws a couple of kicks. Horiguchi lands a right. Horiguchi flurries in but Johnson changes levels, pushes Horiguchi to the cage. They break, but Johnson takes Horiguchi down once more. The latter gets back up. Another takedown from the champ. More of the same–Horiguchi gets up, Johnson comes in, etc. Horiguchi fires in a left. Pushes Johnson to the cage, but the champ breaks free. Round ends.
Round 5: Johnson lands a takedown moments in. Horiguchi gets back up after a scramble, but gets taken down again. Johnson threatens with a Kimura but Horiguchi defends. Another takedown from the champ. Horiguchi can’t handle Johnson’s wrestling game. Johnson lands another takedown, moves into crucifix, and pours down punches. Wow. Johnson spins into an armbar and Horiguchi taps right before the bell. Crazy.
Demetrious Johnson def. Kyoji Horiguchi via submission (armbar) R5, 4:59