(4/25/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. John Makdessi - 92.6
2. Demetrious Johnson - 92.1
3. Thomas Almeida - 91.6
4. Michael Bisping - 91.6
5. Quinton Jackson - 91.2
6. Valerie Letourneau - 90.9
7. Olivier Aubin-Mercier - 90.7
8. Nordine Taleb - 90.7
9. Patrick Cote - 90.6
10. Randa Markos - 90.3
UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi
Location: Quebec, Canada
Elevation: 322'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
92.0
Fighters & Matches 89.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 90.1
88.5
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty good matchup, nice & competitive. Randa Markos pretty much dominated the first round with her grappling. Daly pinned her against the cage in the clinch, and went for a takedown, and Markos ended up on top, and spent the rest of the round going for submissions. Daly got the fight to the ground in the second round, and beat the shit out of Markos with big elbows and punches, cutting her eye in the process. The third round started out with Daly being more aggressive, but Markos was able to secure a takedown, which put her in a place where she was able to go for an armbar attempt for the final couple of minutes of the round. So I gave the fight to Markos, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed. One judge, the blind one, gave all 3 rounds to Markos, which there is no way she won the second round, but yeah, good fight overall.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight. The first round could have gone either way. Letourneau always looked like she was on the winning path, but Rakoczy was able to consistently shut her down, ending up on top, and beating up Letourneau with ground & pound. The second round very clearly went to Letourneau, for landing better shots, and beating up Rakoczy. The third round also goes to Letourneau, for controlling the pace & landing better shots. So in the end, I gave the first round to Rakoczy, just barely, but the rest of the fight went to Letourneau, so she wins, 29-28 on my scorecard, and for the most part, all 3 judges agreed with me.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty one-sided fight, with Nordine Taleb taking the fight to the ground, and pounding out a 30-27 unanimous decision. All 3 rounds showed that Taleb had better grappling, and better striking. There's really not much else to say. Clements basically got his ass handed to him for 15 minutes, but neither fighter ever came anywhere close to finishing the fight.
88.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
11:36
      This was a pretty one-sided fight, with Mercier being way too aggressive, constantly moving forward, practically steamrolling Michaud in all 3 rounds, until eventually, he was able to slap on a rear-naked choke with a body triangle in the third round, forcing Michaud to submit. We finally have a finish tonight! Strong work Mercier.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      I was blown away by Barberena the first time I saw him a few months ago, when he dismantled Joe Ellenberger, at UFC on Fox 13. Well here he is again, and he sort of got picked apart by Laprise. The first round clearly went to Laprise, the second round was a little bit closer, and probably could have gone either way. I would give the third round to Barberena, but the longer the fight went, the slower and more dull it got. In the end, I probably would have declared this fight a draw, because I just don't think either guy really tried hard enough to win this one. All 3 judges gave it to Laprise though, and one even gave him all 3 rounds, so... Blame Canada... Realistically, he probably deserved to win, but I wasn't really impressed with either guy tonight.
88.6
Submission
(Armbar)
8:08
      Yes! This fight was pretty slow & sluggish for most of the fight, with Kaufman beating up Davis with strikes in the first round. The second round had Davis throwing Kaufman to the ground, where she sort of started to go for a triangle, but she quickly transitioned into an armbar, which forced Kaufman to tap, and tap, and continue to tap, while the referee ran around in circles, looking for an available limb to tap with, and then he eventually stopped the fight after Kaufman spent the past 10 seconds or so, tapping to the armbar. Really nice win for Alexis Davis.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      This was an interesting fight, partially because it was sort of advertised as an old school fight, between a couple of old veterans. Riggs is 32, and Cote is 35, so it's not like they're REALLY old, but they are both indeed UFC veterans. Cote beat up Riggs in the first round, the second round was too close to really call, but I'd give it to Riggs, and the third round, it LOOKED like Riggs was in good position, as he spent a good portion of the first couple of minutes, on the back of Cote, looking for a rear-naked choke, but Cote was able to spin out of it, where he beat up Riggs with ground & pound from the guard of Riggs, which probably won the fight for Cote, 29-28 on all scorecards.
89.9
TKO
(Punches)
4:18
      Nice! Jabouin started this fight looking pretty strong, taking the fight to the ground, and going for some ground & pound. Once they stood back up though, Almeida stepped up his boxing game, where he was able to finish Jabouin by pinning him against the cage (while standing), and boxed the shit out of him, like a boxer in a Rocky movie or something. Really nice win for Thomas Almeida.
89.6
TKO
(Punches)
4:53
      I'm not really sure why this fight was on the main card to be honest. This fight has undercard written all over it. With that being said, it was a pretty close fight, with both guys showing decent striking. Makdessi with his boxing, and Campbell with his kicks to the body. Campbell's kicks looked REALLY good, and he did some decent damage to the lead leg of Makdessi. None of that matters though, because Makdessi beat the living shit out of Campbell for the last half of the round, almost knocking him out multiple times, with huge punches, and he eventually finished him with strikes, with less than 10 seconds to go in the first round.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This was the first REALLY significant fight on the card in my opinion. The first round was close, until near the end, when Dollaway knocked Bisping on his ass, and almost finished him with ground & pound, but Bisping somehow survived, and then made a comeback at the end of the round, beating up Dollaway. Really, I thought it was a close round, so I scored that one a draw. The second round I gave to Bisping, even though it wasn't an ultra exciting round, there were a few moments where Bisping put a hurtin' on Dollaway with punches while standing. The third round also goes to Bisping, for beating up Dollaway on the feet, almost finishing him a few times, and near the end of the fight, Bisping was on top beating up Dollaway on the ground. So yeah, I'd definitely give this fight to Bisping, maybe 30-28. All 3 judges scored it 29-28, giving Bisping the win via unanimous decision.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      Some people were saying that this event shouldn't even happen, when there was a chance that Rampage wouldn't be allowed to fight, due to legal issues with Bellator. Well, luckily, he found out less than a week before the fight, that he WOULD be able to fight, so they ended up having this fight at a catchweight, so both guys looked a little bit out of shape here. With that being said, Rampage landed some REALLY HARD punch combinations, and looked pretty decent for the most part. Maldonado, as usual, showed that he can take a beating, but I don't think he did enough to win any of the rounds. I scored the second round a draw, mostly because Maldonado secured a takedown, but up until that point, Rampage was beating him up. So I would give this fight to Rampage, AT LEAST 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the fight, 30-27 on two scorecards, and 29-28 on the last scorecard.
92.0
Submission
(Armbar)
24:59
      HOLY SHIT. We have a new record for the latest stoppage EVER, in a UFC fight. with only ONE SECOND LEFT in the fight, it was a buzzer beater, it was a BRUTAL armbar, where he could have easily ripped the arm off of Horiguchi, and the fight was stopped with ONE SECOND LEFT. Awesome win for Demetrious Johnson. It's not like there was any chance of him losing the fight anyway though, since he absolutely dominated Horiguchi for the entire 25 minute fight, taking him down in every round, and absolutely controlling every facet of the fight. Horiguchi started to make a bit of a comeback in the fifth round, trying to work his guard to lock on a submission, but yeah, Johnson won this one, nice and clean. Demetrious Johnson is a badass.
OVERALL 90.1
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