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UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi - Review and Results

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Modified 24 Jun 2015
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Johnson used the armbar to register a victory over Horiguchi

Despite the card being criticized for being too thin on name value for a PPV card, UFC 186 proved to be quite an entertaining affair with some pretty substantial performances. Johnson & Almeida claimed Performance of the night bonuses while Laprise vs. Barberena got Fight of the night bonus by UFC.

Here are the review & result of entire UFC186 Fight Card.

Main CARD (SONY SIX / PPV)

Johnson def. Horiguchi by submission (armbar) at 4:59 of Round Five

In the UFC 186 main event, Demetrious Johnson got his 6th consecutive UFC flyweight title defense by defeating Japan's Kyoji Horiguchi, and he re-wrote the history books by getting the latest submission in UFC history. He finished John Moraga in the fifth, and now he has a record that will nearly be impossible to break - the latest submission in UFC history, at 4:59 of the fifth round at UFC 186.

Round 1 was a bit of a cautious start from both men as Johnson dealt with Horiguchi's wide stance and his tricky striking. Johnson did get Horiguchi down to the ground but didn't do much damage. The 2nd round saw Horiguchi catch Johnson with a hard knee in a blitz and even briefly take the champ down & it proved to be the last bit of competitiveness before Johnson figured him out Horiguchi was taken down beautifully by the champion, who moved his way into mounted crucifix in the last 30 seconds and fired away a series of short, fast strikes.

Johnson took Horiguchi down immediately to start the 5th, and Horiguchi desperately attempted a triangle choke but Mighty Mouse wriggled free and moved to side control. In the final minute, he took Horiguchi down one more time, and then moved into mounted crucifix to rain down punches. Horiguchi was definitely hurt by the barrage of punches but in an incredible finale to what would've been a 50-45 decision win, Mighty Mouse jumped to full mount, then went for the armbar through a blazing fast transition and forced the tap with literally 1 second left on the clock.

Jackson def. Maldonado by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

In the co-main event upon his return Rampage in addition to his preferred boxing attack he utilized an array of kicks and knees from the clinch that fans previously weren't accustomed to seeing from him, to get the victory over Maldonado.

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In the first round, Rampage basically punched Maldonado with body shots n upper cuts and some kicks as well to clearly win the round, to Maldonado credit, he adjusted in the 2nd round and tried wearing Rampage down with fighting against the cage and dirty boxing in the clinch. He even spammed short left hooks but lacked the power to trouble Jackson. Unexpectedly, Maldonado took Rampage down late in the round but still didn’t do enough to steal the round despite rampage appeared to be gassed.

Round 3 was a Rampage round it looked like he got a second wind as his own series of body shots and uppercuts appeared to wear Maldonado down, as the Brazilian's output decreased and Jackson's head movement & combinations were on point which sealed the deal for rampage in judges’ eyes.

Bisping def. Dollaway by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Michael Bisping vs C.B. Dollaway proved to be a great scrap. Dollaway connected with his left hook many times during the fight and surprisingly he keeps connecting it. Dollaway dropped Bisping with a left hook him late in the first, but Bisping really put it on Dollaway over the course in last two rounds and made it an entertaining scrap.

While Dollaway basically over-relied on his left hoof after the first, Bisping stole the fight with superior cardio and consistently tagging Dollaway especially in the third.  It was very close fight but Bisping emerged as a clear winner on the score cards.

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Makdessi def. Campbell by TKO (punches) at 4:53 of Round One

Campbell was doing great in this fight early on by chopping Makdessi’s legs and body with kicks and keeping the fight on a distance and utilizing his range to strike from outside but an accurate right hand from Makdessi dropped Campbell sends him on survival mode while Makdessi starts pounding looking for a finish. Campbell somehow survive the onslaught and manages to get back to his feet but only to be dropped back again with a body shot and left hook, followed by a huge right hand, there was no escape this time and Makdessi drops punches until the referee steps in to stop the fight.

Almeida def. Jabouin by TKO (punches) at 4:18 of Round One

This fight was set up as a showcase performance for Almeida and thats what he proved it was, he kept the pressure on jabouin buzzed him with a left hook then starts unloading on the fence with pin point accurate strikes ripping to the head and body and got the finish late in the very first round. 

PRELIMINARY CARD : (Fox Sports 1 / UFC FIGHT PASS)

  • Cote def. Riggs by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
  • Davis def. Kaufman by submission (armbar) at 1:52 of Round Two
  • Laprise def. Barberena by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
  • Aubin-Mercier def. Michaud by submission (RNC) at 3:24 of Round Three 
  • Taleb def. Clements by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
  • Letourneau def. Rakoczy by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27) 
  • Markos def. Daly by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Published 26 Apr 2015, 16:30 IST
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