Let’s just be honest here, UFC 186 is far from being the best fight card the UFC has ever put together. But while the event is lacking serious star power, there are a few compelling matchups that should create entertain fights.

Is UFC 186 worth its pay per view price tag? I would tend to argue no, but that doesn’t mean fans should just skip the event. Head out to a local bar or restaurant and enjoy the fights, because you might just end up seeing something special.

Even though UFC 186 isn’t that great on paper, there are three fights that have some real potential: John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell, Patrick Cote vs. Joe Riggs and Alexis Davis vs. Sarah Kaufman.

While Makdessi and Campbell has the potential to be a fun technical striking affair, and Cote vs. Riggs has to potential to be a good ole fashioned slobber knocker, the bout that will steal the show on Saturday night is Davis vs. Kaufman.

Outside of the main event title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi, Davis vs. Kaufman is the only fight on the card that will have a true impact on a division. Currently Davis and Kaufman are ranked 3rd and 5th in the UFC women’s bantamweight rankings and the winner of this bout will be in a great position to compete for Ronda Rousey’s title.

Kaufman and Davis have fought twice before, with Kaufman getting the best of Davis on both occasions. Their first meeting came in April of 2007. It was Davis’ pro-MMA debut that Kaufman won by third round TKO. Then they met once again in March of 2012. Kaufman would again win the bout, this time by majority decision. That bout was so exciting and so closely contested that it went on to be named the 2012 Women’s Fight of the Year.

Generally, trilogy fights, where one fighter holds a 2-0 advantage over the other fighter, aren’t very intriguing but this one is different. Their last bout was so close last time and Davis has improved so much that it will be interesting to see how this one turns out. If their last fight was any indication then this one is going to be the fight everyone is talking about following UFC 186.

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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.