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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:


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.

ufc 186

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.

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva will be given an opportunity to earn a spot on the 2016 Brazil Summer Olympic taekwondo team.

Silva, who held a press conference on Wednesday alongside Brazilian Taekwondo Federation president Carlos Fernandes, stated his plans to tryout for the team in January.

“I stopped training taekwondo when I was 17 so it’s going to be tough, because taekwondo is very different today,” Silva said (thanks to for the quotes). “I’m not worried about being embarrassed by the other athletes. For everything sport gave to me, I will try to give it back.

“I don’t have anything to prove. I’m here to help the sport and make it stronger.”

Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion, returned from a year-long layoff to defeat Nick Diaz earlier this year. After the fight, though, his drug test results came back positive for banned substances. “The Spider” has yet to have his second hearing ahead of the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Fernandes added that Silva will need to score enough points in competitions in the heavyweight division to earn a spot on the team, saying “The rules will be respected.”

Regarding the NAC possibly handing him a suspension that could include the Olympics, Silva said “if they stop me, I would respect it.”

one championship

Unbeaten former Olympic wrestler Ben Askren will once again put his ONE welterweight championship on the line this coming Friday at ONE: Valor of Champions.

Askren defends his title against Luis Santos from the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines. The entire event streams live on the official ONE website.

In other action, Mark Striegl battles Casey Suire in a bantamweight contest and Brianata Rosadhi faces Eugene Toquero at flyweight.

“ONE: Valor of Champions is set to be the biggest night of mixed martial arts action in the Philippines,” ONE CEO Victor Cui said. “The main event will feature two of the top welterweights in the world battling for supremacy when the best wrestler in mixed martial arts, Ben Askren, takes on 61-win veteran Luis Santos.”

Below is the current card, along with a video preview:

ONE Welterweight Championship
Ben Askren (c) vs. Luis Santos

Bantamweight: Mark Striegl vs. Casey Suire

Flyweight: Brianata Rosadhi vs. Eugene Toquero

Flyweight: Anatpong Bunrad vs. Geje Eustaquio

Featherweight: Edward Kelly vs. Jimmy Yabo

Featherweight: Amir Khan vs. Shannon Wiratchai

Featherweight: Wang-Yai Wei vs. Tsu Notto

invicta fc 12

The ladies of Invicta FC return to UFC Fight Pass this Friday night with Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpaa vs. Souza.

Set for the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, the card features Invicta FC strawweight champion Katja Kankaanpaa defending her title against Livia Renata Souza in the main event.

Kanaanpaa, a 33-year-old from Finland, won the title and improved to 10-1 with a fifth round submission victory over Stephanie Eggink last September. Her lone career loss came to Joanne Calderwood via decision, while she also scored a win over UFC fighter Aisling Daly in 2012.

Souza is unbeaten in her MMA career, going 7-0 with six submission wins to her credit.

Also, Vanessa Porto faces Roxanne Modafferi, Faith Van Duin battles Amanda Bell, Ediane Gomes meets Raquel Pa’aluhi and Peggy Morgan squares off with Latoya Walker.

Porto (17-6) and Modafferi (17-11) are two of the more experienced flyweights in the world, as Porto has faced the likes of current Invicta FC champions Cris Cyborg and Barb Honchak, Zoila Frausto Gurgel and Amanda Nunes, while Modafferi holds a 2008 TKO win over her.

Check out the current lineup and a video preview for the event below:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/10 p.m. ET)

Invicta FC Strawweight Championship
Katja Kankaanpaa (c) vs. Livia Souza

Flyweight: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Vanessa Porto

Featherweight: Amanda Bell vs. Faith Van Duin

Bantamweight: Ediane Gomes vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi

Featherweight: Peggy Morgan vs. Latoya Walker


Strawweight: Lacey Schuckman vs. Jenny Liou

Atomweight: Cassie Rodish vs. Stephanie Skinner

Strawweight: Delaney Owen vs. Sharon Jacobson

Flyweight: Shannon Sinn vs. Maureen Riordon

Flyweight: Roma Pawelek vs. Sijara Eubanks

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