Dollaway co-headlines the card. Both men are trying to shake off a recent loss and march back into the pound title scene with a win on Saturday. They have been in the UFC for a long time without getting an opportunity for gold, and with the window closing quickly, this is a must-win match-up for both men. Helping round out the main card is a promising slugfest featuring Fabio Maldonado against Steve Bosse, a battle between Canadian lightweights John Makdessi and Shane Campbell, and undefeated Thomas de Almeida looking to validate his hype against Yves Jabouin.
The action moves to Fox Sports 1 for the rest of the preliminary fights at 8 p. The pay-per-view kicks off at 10 p. In the headlining flyweight title tilt, champion Demetrious Johnson defends his belt against No.
Will Johnson complete the cleaning out of his division with a win over Horiguchi? Horiguchi is rightfully in the title fight after having looked impressive so far in his UFC career. I like Horiguchi and what he brings to the table, but he is still green in some areas, and he could have possibly used a few more UFC fights to help him get polished.
Horiguchi certainly brings something to the table for Johnson. He has solid grappling, and if the fight does hit the ground, he could give Johnson a tiny bit of trouble. All pounders face the same problem: Johnson is just a step above the rest of the division.
Well, except for maybe John Dodson. Furthermore, Horiguchi needs to be perfect if he wants to win this fight. As for Mighty Mouse, this win would pretty much clear out the division. The only other relevant name is John Lineker, but that was before he demonstrated that his biggest battle comes at the scales.
The scary thing about Johnson — the thing that makes him truly a wildly impressive and top pound-for-pound fighter — is that he gets better with every fight. Johnson fights nearly perfect. His striking and speed are always on point, and his grappling is great, too. Right now, he seems impossible to beat in the flyweight division. If current UFC bantamweight champion T.
Dillashaw gets a few more title defenses under his belt, I think a fight between the two champs is in order. Johnson is the guy you show newcomers as an example of what it is to be a complete mixed martial artist and a great fighter.
There are nothing but good things to be said about Mighty Mouse. He may be fighting his fastest opponent to date in Horiguchi, but Johnson is faster. Mighty Mouse is that damn good. Joseph Benavidez is always going to be in the mix, but Johnson has beaten him twice now and won the second fight by knockout.
And as much fun as a super fight with Dillashaw sounds, the bantamweight champ needs to defend his belt a few times before that happens. Michael Bisping has been alternating wins and losses since The result is a record through his last seven fights. Dollaway has performed slightly better, raking up a mark and alternating between winning two in a row and losing a single fight.
Based on those trends, Bisping and Dollaway are both due for a win in this fight. Furthermore, can the victorious fighter buck their previous trend and put together a sustained winning streak?
Losses to Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold are nothing to hang your head about, even though they were enough to permanently relegate Bisping to gatekeeper status. The Brit is definitely still a top middleweight, but even if he wins, as he is expected to do this weekend, his title hopes are all but dead at this point.
Dollaway is going to need to score some takedowns here and try to grind out Bisping like Tim Kennedy did last year. Dollaway was actually very close to a title shot. My colleague is correct in saying Bisping is certainly a step down in competition compared to Machida, but Bisping is at a higher level than Dollaway. Dollaway can win this fight with his wrestling, whereas Bisping wins this on the feet. He tends to get fed to the fighters who are looking to break into title contention.
The Brit is a solid gatekeeper for the UFC and a tough out for any fighter. He will face another top fighter in his next fight — it might be one of the losing fighters from the UFC on Fox 15 card — and he will have a tough go of it and drop the fight. He has sustained numerous injuries over the course of his career, including a neck injury in his last fight against Ben Saunders. Cote, on the other hand, has been pretty decent since his drop to the welterweight division in He is in the division, with his sole loss coming to Stephen Thompson.
Riggs will likely look to take this fight to the ground and wok Cote over from top position. Cote should be able to use his superior striking to win rounds and possibly even secure a stoppage over the not so durable Riggs.
Their last fight in was a bloody, back and forth affair that saw Kaufman control most of the action for the first two rounds. I question the status of both fighters coming into this contest, especially Davis. Kaufman and Davis have each lost badly to Rousey in recent years and are quite a ways away from a title shot. The kind of beating that Rousey gave Davis is hard to come back from, and I would not be surprised to see a letdown performance from Davis here.
Kaufman still possesses a striking and power advantage in this matchup, which will probably lead her to victory. Davis has been in a lot of wars over the years and her durability may be starting to fade. His opponent, Barberena, is not nearly as technical or as polished as Laprise, but he is very aggressive, durable, and packs a hard punch.
I expect Laprise to showcase his superior striking and takedown defense in route to either winning a clear decision or finding his first stoppage under the UFC banner. Barberena is a young, decent fighter that has a lot of heart and toughness, but he is a bit overmatched here from a technical standpoint.
This should be an interesting test for Aubin-Mercier, who is regarded as one of the top prospects in the lightweight division. Aubin-Mercier is the more technical grappler and has the far more dangerous submission game.
Aubin-Mercier is also more technical on the feet, whereas Michaud is basically just a brawler. Aubin-Mercier could win a competitive fight on the feet, but his biggest advantage lies in the grappling department.
He has sneaky trips, throws, and tosses from the clinch and a potent submission game. I expect him to drag Michaud to the mat and go to work. Olivier Aubin-Mercier defeats David Michaud by submission round 2.
Taleb is certainly not a very appealing fighter to most casual fans. He is a grinder that likes to work his opponents over in the clinch and from top position. Clements, on the other hand, is a 39 year old striker with decent takedown defense and knockout power. I think Clements can win this fight, but only by knockout.