UFC 186 has been a bit of a cursed card. What started off as a solid offering featuring two title fights and the UFC return of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has quickly turned into – on paper – one of the worst pay per views the UFC has ever put on.

First T.J Dillashaw breaks a rib and his re-match against Renan Barao is rescheduled. Then, Bellator MMA was granted an injunction preventing Rampage from competing on the card. But that doesn’t mean this event is without reason to watch.

When the UFC heads to the Great White North for UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi on Saturday, April 25, 2015, there will be plenty of reasons for fight fans to tune it. On paper, the event might not support the PPV price tag, but there are some good matchups on tap for the fans who plan on tuning in.

Alexis Davis vs. Sarah Kaufman III

Currently the UFC women’s bantamweight division is being ruled with an iron fist by Ronda Rousey. And even though Rousey has defeated both Davis and Kaufman, they represent two of the best the division has to offer at this point.

Davis should have some extra motivation heading into this bout. Not only is she looking to rebound from her disappointing performance against Rousey in her last outing, but she will also be looking to exact some revenge as Kaufman has already bested her twice.

Patrick Cote vs. Joe Riggs

This matchup should be a throwback to the good ole days when two fighters stood toe-to-toe and just went at it. Cote and Riggs like to stand and trade and they both can take a shot. This one will not be pretty, but it will be entertaining.

Prospect Watch: Thomas Almeida

This is how Almeida’s last three fights have gone; fourth round TKO to win MMASH bantamweight title, first round TKO victory to win Legacy FC bantamweight title, unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut that earned “Fight of the Night” honors. At just 23, and already sporting and impressive 18-0 pro record, Almeida has the potential to turn the UFC bantamweight division upside down.

Demetrious Johnson

This in no way should be seen as a slight to Kyoji Horiguchi; after going 4-0 in the Octagon, Horiguchi has earned his shot at the title. But with that said, this fight is all about Johnson. Arguably the most dominant champion on the UFC roster right now, Johnson will be looking to defend his title for a sixth time on Saturday. Johnson may not resonate with the casual fan base and he may not be a huge draw, but he is fun to watch. His technique is flawless, his pace is ridiculous and his athleticism is off the charts. If Johnson was 6’3” and 205 pounds, he would be the UFC’s most popular fighter, but because he is a 5’3” flyweight, his accomplishments and ability get overlooked.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.