Both Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Michael “The Count” Bisping were victorious at UFC 186 last night in Montreal, both winning by unanimous decision. The California based fighters returned to winning form after losing their previous fights in UFC.
Michael Bisping faced top-ten ranked C.B. Dollaway in what was an engaging back-and-forth battle. “The Doberman” traded shots with Bisping for the majority of the round before knocking him down with a left hook. The Englishman recovered quickly and countered with shots of his own as the round ended.
In the second round Bisping outworked Dollaway, using his volume striking and mixing up his shots. His footwork and speed were the difference as he simply connected more frequently. Dollaway scored a takedown late in the round but was not able to land anything of significance. “The Doberman” scored another takedown to open the third however he was unable to do much with it again. Visibly fatigued, Bisping landed more shots and was clearly the better conditioned fighter and went home with a unanimous decision.
The win is a huge one for Bisping as he rebounds from losing to contender Luke Rockhold. Next up is likely either recently vanquished Lyoto Machida or top ranked Jacare Souza. Of the two matchups the fight with Jacare would be the more hyped fight as the Brazilian made statements that Bisping had turned down a matchup when his opponent Yoel Romero suffered an injury. Despite the fact that it was a statement fabricated by Souza’s manager, Bisping has been vocal about saying he is okay stepping up to face Jacare over the statements.Apr 25, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Rampage Jackson (red) has his hand raised after defeating Fabio Maldonado (blue) (not pictured) during their catchweight bout during UFC 186 at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
In the co-main event Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeated Fabio Maldonado in what was a stand-up battle. Throughout the three rounds, “Rampage” landed the harder and more varied shots while Maldonado engaged him with a very boxing centric attack. Notably, Jackson landed many more kicks in the fight which was previously a critique of his career. While he has been successful with a mostly boxing style himself, it has been noted that he would be vastly more successful if he were to integrate kicks and takedowns into his game which would open up his opponents to his devastating punches.
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The fight happened after much controversy in the past two weeks as earlier this month Jackson’s previous employer Bellator, filed an injunction to keep him from competing on the card. Just this past week the injunction was overturned, allowing Jackson to participate in the event. Due to the recent changes affecting training, the fight was changed to a catch-weight bout instead of the originally scheduled light-heavyweight limit of 205 pounds. Jackson is now on a four fight win streak and scored his first victory in the UFC since 2011.
In the main-event, flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defeated Kyoji Horiguchi by arm-bar in the fifth round. The submission is recorded as one of the latest if not the latest stoppage ever in a UFC title fight. The submission came after a five-round domination by the champion.