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Our resident Kountermove preview specialist Matt LeBlanc is here to drop some knowledge on the pay-per-view portion of tonight’s UFC 186 event out of Montreal. Give it a read and make sure you follow him on twitter @blackeyebowtie for more MMA and combat sports awesomeness. 

• Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

I think Horiguchi is quite a bit better than the general public is giving him credit for. That being said, short of him landing something crazy I really don’t see him winning this fight. I think Mighty Mouse is undeniably the most dominant champion the UFC has right now and will continue to roll here in his sixth title defense. I think we’ll see a fun first round or two but I don’t think there will be a question as to who is winning them. Johnson has the incredible ability to seamlessly transfer between striking and grappling and I think he’ll use it to punish Horiguchi in the striking exchanges before catching him with a submission during a scramble. Johnson, Sub, Rd. 3

• Rampage Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado

When this fight was first announced I thought Rampage would take it pretty easily but now that we’ve gotten closer I think it could pretty conceivably end up being one of the closer fights on the card. I think Rampage will come out motivated in the first round to make an impact in his UFC return and beat Maldonado bloody. While this is obviously what Jackson would be hoping for, it’s also the type of fight that “The Iron Hilbilly” relishes in. I see Rampage winning punching himself out in the first few minutes before slowing in the following two rounds. At that point Maldonado could very easily take over depending on how his cardio holds up and how much damage he has taken. Maldonado, Decision

• Michael Bisping vs. CB Dolloway

Who you think wins this fight really comes down to whether or not Dolloway can copy the grinding wrestle-heavy game plan that Tim Kennedy carved out a year ago during the UFC’s last visit to Quebec. I don’t think The Doberman has the top control to keep Bisping down like Kennedy and as a result will be forced to stand with Bisping where he will likely be at a disadvantage. The Count should be able to use volume and his superior cardio to outpoint Dolloway on his way to a decision victory. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a fired up Bisping find a finish on the feet but I think the more likely outcome is for him to win the fight on the judges’ scorecards. Bisping, Decision

• John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell

Not to take away from either of these fighters but I’m really disappointed that this bout made it on to the main card over both Markos/Daly and Kaufman/Davis (all four of whom are ranked). Bit of an odd choice, especially when the UFC is trying to make contenders for the bantamweight division & generate interest in the strawweights. Anyways, I digress. Regardless of where this fight should be located on the card it should be an exciting striking match where I give Makdessi the slight advantage. I don’t think he’ll find the finish but he’ll do enough to win at least two rounds. Makdessi, Decision

• Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida

I’m not completely sold on the Almeida hype train after looking at some of the pretty weak competition he’s faced but I think he’s in a good spot here going up against Jabouin. I think the Canadian will be far too willing to stand and trade with Almeida which is not likely going to end up going well for him. If he does try to take “Thominhas” down in desperation I see the Brazilian having just enough takedown defense to keep the fight standing and keep punishing Jabouin. Almeida, Tko,

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