3 posts this week. Lucky you!
If you were following the news – as they relate to UFC 186 – you know that this card had its ups and downs. Namely, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was forced to withdraw from his fight, then found himself back on it. That fight aside, we do have what should be a very good main event.
My track record (which at one point was close to a 100% accuracy over a 5 or six months run) was tarnished in recent history, but I will not back down.
Alright. Let the predicting of UFC 186 coming up this Saturday, April 25th on PPV commence. (All credits go to UFC/Zuffa for all photos.) We ride!
Thomas Almeida by TKO
John Makdessi by UD
Michael Bisping by UD
Fabio Maldonado by UD
and now! the moment millions of MMA fans have been waiting for, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! This is the main event of the evening!
Demetrious Johnson by UD
I hope to see more finishes, though not very optimistic here…
Don’t forget to get back here by Monday morning for the after MMAth!
And of course, don’t forget to watch UFC 186 on PPV – This Saturday, April 25th!
The Morning After:
I have to say it feels good doing this bit after a good night of predicting 🙂 Let’s break it down:
1. Judging by Almeida’s previous outing, I had to give him the edge over the – perhaps more experienced Jabouin. Almeida wasn’t fooled by Yves’s unique style and was able to penetrate and touch him enough to make him pause, then swarmed on him with a really impressive barrage. 1 for 1.
2. It wasn’t that Campbell wasn’t living up to his hype. He did. Using his reach advantage, especially his legs, to keep Makdessi out of reach and landing nicely. It was Makdessi being patient, trying (and at times succeeding) to catch these kicks and come back with a counter. The difference was that when Makdessi touched Campbell it was with more force. Big props to Campbell for surviving the initial flurry, but great job by Makdessi to go for the finish. 2 for 2.
3. I had a feeling Bisping was going to take it. I didn’t see any way he’d be finishing CB. Dollaway doesn’t get rocked easily, and Michael is more known for accuracy and volume. I like Bisping. He’s a hard working fighter who’s always ready for the fight. Used his movement very well, and pretty mush shut down CB’s TD attempts with his very good TD defense. 3 for 3.
4. I’m actually kind of disappointed with Maldonado here. I’m not going to sit here and dismiss Rampage’s game. It was spot on. But Fabio was so one dimensional and, like Rogan said many times, chose to close the distance instead of trying to get some space and throw more volume at Quinton. On the flip side I gotta say I’m impressed with Rampage. With all the ups and down leading up to his return, he was in pretty good shape, but more importantly – He reminded me why I liked him to begin with. Rampage that threatens with leg kicks. Rampage the mixes things up and being aggressive. Make no mistake here. He’s no threat to the title, nor should he aim at this. I’m just happy Rampage is back and can have a few more pay days, entertaining us in the cage and on the microphone. 3 for 4.
5. I gave this to Mighty Mouse via UD, knowing how tough Horiguchi is and was nearly right, except… except Johnson made two transitions – first from mounted crucifix mount, then from mount to a perfect Arm bar to finish the fight in under 5 seconds. Ending said fight at 24:59. Even Anderson’s triangle on Sonnen didn’t happen so close to the horn. Mighty Mouse to the Fly weight division is what GSP was to the WW – End of the line baby. 4 for 5 😦
See you just before UFC 187. It’s a big one!