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The Octagon touched down in Montreal, Quebec, Canada once again Saturday night for UFC 186.

Despite the card being hit hard by the injury bug, several top performers emerged. Originally, T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao for the bantamweight title was to be the headliner, along with a No. 1 contender contest in the welterweight division between Rory MacDonald and Hector Lombard.

Demetrious Johnson once again dominated another flyweight, retaining his UFC title with a submission win over Kyoji Horiguchi. In complete control, Johnson switched from ground-and-pound to an armbar, getting the tap with just a second left and earning the latest stoppage win in history.

For Johnson (22-2-1), the title defense was the sixth of his career, as he remained unbeaten at 125 pounds. His last loss came to Dominick Cruz, who was then the UFC bantamweight champion before the promotion opened up the flyweight division.

Horiguchi (15-2) suffered his first loss with the UFC and had his nine-fight win streak snapped.

Competing for the first time in over two years inside the Octagon, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson showed off his new skills in scoring a decision over Fabio Maldonado. The former UFC light heavyweight champion wanted a stand-up war, and he got it with the Brazilian, as they spent much of the 15 minutes engaging in a striking battle.

Jackson earned his fourth straight win, with the three previous victories coming under the Bellator MMA banner. That promotion tried to keep him from fighting again for the UFC, but a judge ruled in favor of Jackson.

Both Michael Bisping and C.B. Dollaway were coming off losses, but it was “The Count” who made it count. Bisping scored a decision victory, out-striking Dollaway and defending eight of the 10 takedowns the former Arizona State University wrestler attempted.

For John Makdessi, his fight with Shane Campbell was all about taking a punch to land a bigger one. “The Bull” did just that, eating several nasty leg kicks and dropping the UFC newcomer three times before scoring a first round TKO.

Thomas Almeida kicked off the pay-per-view main card in impressive fashion, improving to 19-0 with a first round finish of Yves Jabouin. Almeida connected with a left hook and followed up to the body, leaving Jabouin out on his feet and earning his 14th career knockout victory.

One-time UFC middleweight title contender Patrick Cote got the louded ovation on the prelims, as “The Predator” completed the early action with a decision win over Joe Riggs. Cote controlled the first and third rounds, as the two veterans exchanged plenty of near-submissions.

It took three times, but Alexis Davis finally bested Sarah Kaufman. Coming off a loss to Ronda Rousey for the UFC bantamweight title, Davis locked in an armbar and forced Kaufman to tap, avenging a pair of losses to the ex-Strikeforce champion from earlier in her career.

Finalist from The Ultimate Fighter: The Nations, Chad Laprise and Olivier Aubin-Mercier, each picked up victories. Laprise improved to 11-0 with a decision win over Bryan Barberena, while Aubin-Mercier scored a third round submission win vs. David Michaud.

In the early Fight Pass prelims, Nordine Taleb, Valerie Letourneau and Randa Markos all picked up decision victories.

Johnson, Almeida, Laprise and Barberena were each awarded $50,000 in bonuses, as Laprise and Barberena shared “Fight of the Night,” while Johnson and Almeida were given “Performance of the Night” honors.

The attendance inside the Bell Centre was announced at 10,154.

Complete results can be found below:

Demetrious Johnson def. Kyoji Horiguchi via submission (armbar) at 4:59 of Round 5 to retain the UFC flyweight championship

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Fabio Maldonado via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Michael Bisping def. C.B. Dollaway via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

John Makdessi def. Shane Campbell via TKO (strikes) at 4:53 of Round 1

Thomas Almeida def. Yves Jabouin via TKO (strikes) at 4:18 of Round 1

Patrick Cote def. Joe Riggs via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alexis Davis def. Sarah Kaufman via submission (armbar) at 1:52 of Round 2

Chad Laprise def. Bryan Barberena via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. David Michaud via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:24 of Round 3

Nordine Taleb def. Chris Clements via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Valerie Letourneau def. Jessica Rakoczy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Randa Markos def. Aisling Daly via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The prelims air on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1, while the main card is set for pay-per-view.

In the main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his title against Kyoji Horiguchi. “Mighty Mouse” is the only person to hold the 125-pound title inside the Octagon, while Horiguchi is unbeaten with the UFC.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson makes his Octagon return against Fabio Maldonado, while Michael Bisping and C.B. Dollaway collide in a key middleweight affair. The rest of the PPV card features John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell and Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida.

The card originally featured such matches as T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao, Hector Lombard vs. Rory MacDonald and the return of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Now, let’s get started! Live play-by-play and results can be found below:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Aisling Daly vs. Randa Markos

We begin the night with our first of three female bouts, as Ultimate Fighter 20 alums Aisling Daly (15-5) and Randa Markos (4-2) square off in a strawweight contest.

Round 1: Markos is on-point right from the start with her striking, catching Daly with a pair of rights. Daly is ready to engage, gaining the clinch and landing a couple of knees. Markos, though, comes firing back with huge shots, damaging the face less than a minute in. Takedown off a trip, and Markos gains top position. She flattens her out and takes the back, working a body triangle with two minutes left. She switches top and has a potential arm-triangle, though she is in half-guard. Less than a minute left, she gets out of the guard and squeezes. Daly, though, survives and flips free.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Markos

Round 2: Daly, who ended the round on top, comes out and lands a solid kick. She’s more aggressive to get going this round, pushing Markos against the fence. She wants to turn this into a grinder. Markos with a takedown and has Daly stuck, hammering away with shots to the face. She’s not doing a lot of damage, but enough to keep from getting a stand-up. Daly works free and to her free. Daly scores a takedown off the clinch, avoids a possible leg-choke and postures up. She’s getting in some good shots and has busted open the eye of Markos. North-South position for Daly with a minute left and she needs to finish this round strong.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Daly

Round 3: Huge cut was from an elbow by Daly to Markos, and the cut is not going to seal anytime soon. Daly marching forward, coming right after her. Daly tries for a trip takedown, but gets reversed by Markos, who has now gained the clinch. Like early in the second, perfectly-executed trip-takedown for Markos, who is attempting to pin the arm this time. She’s peppering her face with shots as we go under the three-minute mark. Daly works to her feet and pulls guard, winding up mounted and eating more punches. Markos with an armbar as we go under a minute. Daly’s fighting hard to survive, breaks the armbar and avoids a leg-choke as the fight ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Markos

Randa Markos def. Aisling Daly via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Jessica Rakoczy vs. Valerie Letourneau

We stick in the 115-pound division for our next contest, as Jessica Rakoczy (2-4) takes on Valerie Letourneau (6-3). Rakoczy was a TUF finalist at bantamweight, as both will be debuting at strawweight for this contest.

Round 1: Rakoczy rocking her Ultimate Fighter gear, working off several rights to gain the clinch. She’s looking for a takedown, but Letourneau avoids it and they separate. Takedown for Rakoczy, but it’s Letourneau who locks up a triangle. She tried to slam her way out of it and that only locked the submission tighter. Letourneau switches and transitions to an armbar, while also locked in a triangle. Somehow, she slips her way out and free, taking the back of Letourneau in the process. Takedown for Letourneau now, who gains full mount but loses the position after trying for an armbar. Rakoczy hammering away with big-time shots.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Rakoczy

Round 2: Letourneau using her reach advantage, as Rakoczy has swelling around her eye. Rakoczy shoots in for a takedown, as she wants nothing to do with the stand-up game. Grinding in the clinch against the fence, and Letourneau fires back with stiff knees. Rakoczy still has control, but she’s eating these knees. Rakoczy throwing some of her best strikes late in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Letourneau

Round 3: Rakoczy told her corner she can’t see out of the right eye and she’s trying her best to protect it. Good exchange and Letourneau fights off a takedown attempt. Letourneay backs her against the fence and tees off, connecting with heavy lefts and rights as we head under the two-minute mark. Letourneau looks very calm and cool, picking her spots. Smooth takedown and some ground-and-pound to finish for Letourneau.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Letourneau

Valerie Letourneau def. Jessica Rakoczy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27

ufc 186

Fighter weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC 186 card went down earlier today, and you can see complete results below.

The event takes place from the Bell Centre in Montreal, with Demetrious Johnson defending his flyweight title vs. Kyoji Horiguchi in the main event.

Johnson (21-2-1) is unbeaten since entering the UFC’s 125-pound division, winning the title with a decision victory over Joseph Benavidez in 2012. “Mighty Mouse” has posted consecutive successful title defenses vs. John Dodson, John Moraga, Benavidez, Ali Bagautinov and Chris Cariaso since, finishing three of his last four.

Horiguchi (15-1) sports a nine-fight win streak that includes four victories inside the Octagon. He has finished two of those four, including a first round TKO over Jon Delos Reyes last year.

For the first time since 2013, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be competing in the UFC, as the former light heavyweight champion returns after scoring three consecutive wins in Bellator. Jackson (35-11) was nearly kept off the card due to a legal battle with Bellator, but he has been cleared to face Fabio Maldonado (22-) in a catchweight contest.

The rest of the main card features Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway, John Makdessi taking on Shane Campbell and Yves Jabouin battling Thomas Almeida.

All 24 fighters, including Johnson (124.5 pounds) and Horiguchi (124.5) successfully made weight. Two of the main card bouts are catchweight contests.

Below are the weigh-in results, along with a video replay:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (124.5 lbs.) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (124.5)

Fabio Maldonado (215) vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (216)

Michael Bisping (186) vs. C.B. Dollaway (185.5)

John Makdessi (160) vs. Shane Campbell (161)

Yves Jabouin (136) vs. Thomas Almeida (135)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Patrick Cote (171) vs. Joe Riggs (171)

Sarah Kaufman (136) vs. Alexis Davis (135)

Chad Laprise (156) vs. Bryan Barberena (156)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155) vs. David Michaud (156)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Nordine Taleb (170) vs. Chris Clements (170)

Jessica Rakoczy (115) vs. Valerie Letourneau (116)

Aisling Daly (116) vs. Randa Markos (116)

ufc 186

The UFC lands in Canada this Saturday night with UFC 186 from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Demetrious Johnson defends his flyweight title against Kyoji Horiguchi in the main event, while Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returns to take on Fabio Maldonado. Also, Michael Bisping and C.B. Dollaway collide in a middleweight affair.

Below are the UFC-provided media notes ahead of the event:

SUPER ‘FLY’ WEIGHTS

Demetrious Johnson is one of the fastest and most technically sound fighters on the planet. At 28 years old, “Mighty Mouse” is ranked the No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and is the first flyweight champion in UFC history after winning the belt in 2012 against top competitor Joseph Benavidez.

Currently on an eight-fight unbeaten streak, Johnson owns eight wins by submission and four by knockout, proving the range of his dangerous skill set. He will look to defend his belt for the sixth time against rising contender and No.8 ranked Kyoji Horiguchi, who is currently 4-0 in the UFC and on a nine-fight win streak.

Horiguchi, a Karate black belt, owns five first-round finishes, nine wins by knockout and one by submission. He will be on a quest to bring UFC gold back to Japan for the first time. The main event also marks the introduction of the 125-pound division to La Belle Province, as it will be the first UFC flyweight tilt ever to be held in the Province of Quebec.

The Bell Centre faithful will see firsthand the speed and agility the flyweights bring inside the Octagon as they demonstrate why the division is like no other in the UFC.

MIDDLEWEIGHT MATCHUP

Veteran middleweights Michael Bisping and CB Dollaway will look to rebound from stoppage losses to Luke Rockhold and Lyoto Machida, respectively, when they step back into action at UFC 186. Noted as one of the most successful middleweights in UFC history, the No.9 ranked Bisping will be making his 23rd UFC appearance. The brash Brit has won seven of his last 11 including wins over the likes of Cung Le, Alan Belcher and Brian Stann. He has also finished an impressive 20 of his 26 wins, with 17 victories coming by way of KO and three by submission.

The Ultimate Fighter champion, and former coach of the series, has fought all over the world against the division’s toughest competitors. Showing no signs of slowing down, “The Count” has his eye on the prize and looks to get back to his winning ways against Dollaway and continue his climb up the middleweight rankings. The No.11 ranked Dollaway has won four of his last six outings. He has also finished nine of his 16 pro wins, with six via KO and three by submission.

Dollaway is known for his takedown accuracy and is currently tied for fourth most takedowns in middleweight history with 29. “The Doberman” will look to outwrestle Bisping to break back into the Top 10 at 185 pounds. With the classic striker versus wrestler match-up, this fight has the potential to bring fireworks to all corners of the Octagon.

WHO’S THE BOSS

Steve “The Boss” Bosse returns to mixed martial arts to take on No.13 ranked Brazilian light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado. A former professional hockey player, Bosse was known as the enforcer on the ice but eventually traded in his hockey gloves for a pair of MMA gloves. After turning pro in 2007, he found his true sporting passion, winning 10 of 11 fights thus far.

Bosse has eight KO/TKOs and one submission under his belt. He also brings with him an eight-fight win streak with notable wins over UFC veterans Wes Sims, Marvin Eastman and Houston Alexander. Fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Bosse will have the hometown crowd on his side as he looks for his first win under the UFC banner and faces Maldonado, a crowd-pleasing striker who is 4-1 in his last five bouts. (Note: Since these were released, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been cleared to face Maldonado, leaving Bosse without a fight).

THRILLING TRILOGY

No. 3 ranked Alexis Davis will meet fellow Canadian and No.5 ranked Sarah Kaufman in a compelling battle of Top 5 women’s bantamweights. Davis and Kaufman have squared off twice before, with Kaufman winning both fights. Their first fight was in 2007 where Kaufman prevailed via third-round TKO. Their second fight, in Strikeforce in 2012, brought Kaufman a second win by way of majority decision in a slugfest that is regarded as one of the best women’s MMA fights of all time.

Coming into the trilogy, Davis will look to regroup as she will fight for the first time since her disappointing 16-second knockout loss to Ronda Rousey at UFC 175 last July. That loss snapped a five-fight win streak, including a 3-0 record in the UFC with wins over Rosi Sexton, Liz Carmouche and Jessica Eye. Davis has won eight of her last 10 and owns two victories by knockout, seven wins by submission, with five of those coming by rear naked choke and two via armbar. Having fought professionally since 2006, Kaufman is a former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion and has faced some of the division’s top contenders such as Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche.

Almost a year after her win over Leslie Smith at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale, Kaufman returns ready to battle it out and prove her top contender status in the women’s bantamweight division. If history repeats itself, this trilogy has every potential to be fight of the night and a Montreal show stealer.

‘WE THE NORTH’

UFC 186 will host a record breaking 14 Canadian fighters on the card. Shane Campbell, fighting out of Kelowna, British Columbia, will make his UFC debut against compatriot John Makdessi. Makdessi, a Tristar fighter out of Montreal, returns after last competing in February 2014. Also fighting out of British Columbia, Sarah Kaufman makes her return to face fellow Canadian Alexis Davis in a trilogy bout. Davis, who is originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario last fought in July 2014 when she competed for the title against champion Ronda Rousey.

Making her second trip to the Octagon, Windsor, Ontario’s Randa Markos will take on her Ultimate Fighter teammate Aisling Daly from Ireland. Chris Clements, fighting out of London, Ontario will meet Montreal’s Nordine Taleb inside the Octagon. Clements comes as a late addition after stepping in for an injured Claudio Silva. Taleb is a product of The Ultimate Fighter Nations and is currently 10-2 (2-0 in the UFC). Hamilton, Ontario born Jessica Rakoczy makes her first UFC appearance since losing The Ultimate Fighter finale in November 2013. The former world champion boxer is ready to prove she belongs in the UFC when she takes on Montreal native Valerie Letourneau, Quebec’s first pro female MMA athlete. After earning the split decision victory in her UFC debut, Letourneau will look for a definitive win in front of the hometown crowd on April 25.

Other Montreal based fighters include: Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Yves Jabouin and The Ultimate Fighter Nations champion, who is originally from London, Ontario, Chad Laprise.

Also featured on this card, Montreal crowd favourite and UFC veteran Patrick Cote. This will be Cote’s 17th fight in the UFC having a career record of 21-9 (7-9 in the UFC). Added as a late replacement, local talent Steve Bosse steps in to face Brazilian Fabio Maldonado. This will be Bosse’s UFC debut and he enters the Octagon on an eight-fight win streak. With Canadian flavour filling the card, come fight night national pride will be running high as these Canadians look to make their country proud.

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Check out the first episode in the UFC 186 Embedded series in the video below.

Among the highlights include Quinton “Rampage” Jackson arriving in Montreal and discussing his return to the Octagon after a New Jersey court cleared the way for his fight vs. Fabio Maldonado Saturday night.

Also, the fighters check-in with UFC staff.

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