UFC 186 has been cursed. Between injuries and PED suspensions UFC 186 went from being an extremely compelling card to being one of the most criticized cards in UFC history. Everywhere I turn fans are expressing their displeasure for this card. Thankfully, a court ruling preventing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson from competing at UFC 186 has been lifted so at least the event has a little more star power now.

I get it, UFC 186 isn’t a card fans should be expected to shell out money for. But at the same time this card is far from being horrible. There are several interesting bouts; specifically three compelling women’s bouts. Add to that Demetrious Johnson, and you have a card that could end up being one of the most entertaining events of the year.

Sure, UFC 186 lacks sizzle and many of the casual fans in Montreal, Quebec, Canada who bought tickets to see this card live at the Bell Centre may be regretting their purchase. But for those who show up in person and those who tune in live on Saturday, April 25, 2015 UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi might just surprise you.

Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida

Kicking off the main card is a bantamweight bout between grizzled veteran Jabouin and young hotshot Almeida. Jabouin will have the crowd behind him on Saturday night but it won’t be enough to derail Almeida’s hype train. The undefeated 23-year-old has all the tools to be an elite force in the division and while Jabouin will be a great test Almeida will be too much for him.

Almeida via first round TKO/KO

John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell

The second bout of the evening between Makdessi and Campbell should be a treat for striking fans as both men are extremely gifted in the stand-up game. Being out of action for a year is going to have a negative effect on Makdessi’s timing but the real issue he faces is in dealing with Campbell’s reach. Campbell will be four inches taller and will own a six inch reach advantage over Makdessi. That length will make it nearly impossible for Makdessi to close the distance and score efficiently.

Campbell via Unanimous Decision

Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway

While Bisping and Dollaway may not be the best of the best in the middleweight division they are still two solid competitors. But there’s only room for one of them in the Top 10. Even though Dollaway has improved greatly over the last couple of years he still doesn’t have the game to topple Bisping.

Bisping via Unanimous Decision

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado

Rampage might not be a legitimate light heavyweight title contender anymore, but he does add some depth to a struggling division. The light heavyweight division has long been the UFC’s premier division, but between the dominance of Jon Jones and an aging talent pool, and the loss of some Top 10 fighters for various reasons, it has become a little stale.

Rampage and Maldonado are going to stand in the center of the Octagon and they are going to go toe-to-toe until someone falls down. It’s going to be the kind of slugfest that gets fans out of their seats.

Jackson via third round TKO/KO

Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

In the main event of the evening UFC flyweight champion Johnson will look to defend his title for the sixth time as he takes on Horiguchi. A talented young fighter, it feels like Horiguchi is being rushed into this title shot simply because Johnson has beaten everyone else in the division. He’s earned the opportunity by winning four straight in the Octagon but he’s not ready for what Johnson has to offer.

Johnson via third round Submission

About The Author

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.