After The Crossfire – UPDATED – UFC 186: Johnson vs Horiguchi

Demetrious Johnson scored a last-second armbar submission victory over Japanese challenger Kyoji Horiguchi to defend his flyweight crown at UFC 186 in Montreal.

Johnson and Thomas Almeida snagged performance-of-the-night honours, while Chad Laprise and Bryan Barberena were chosen for fight-of-the-night. All fighters earned $50,000 USD each in bonuses.

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UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS 

#10 AISLING DALY VS #6 RANDA MARKOS

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Randa Markos of Canada punches Aisling Daly of Ireland in their women’s strawweight bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RANDA MARKOS VIA TKO

WINNER: RANDA MARKOS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrews: A back-and-forth fight in which the aggressiveness and striking skills of Markos shone through. Daly fought well but needs to continue to improve. I thought she was going to use the clinch when Markos connected with strikes but went with the takedowns. Good win for Markos.

JESSICA RAKOCZY VS VALERIE LETOURNEAU

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Valerie Letourneau punches Jessica Rakoczy in their women’s strawweight bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 

ANDREWS PREDICTIOM: JESSICA RAKOCZY VIA TKO

WINNER: VALERIE LETOURNEAU VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Andrews: So much for that upset feeling. Rackoczy got outstruck on the feet and with her vision being lowered in the right eye. From there, Letourneau picked her apart. Good win for Letourneau. Back to the drawing board for Rakoczy.

NORDINE TALEB VS CHRIS CLEMENTS

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Nordine Taleb of Canada punches Chris Clements of Canada in their welterweight bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NORDINE TALEB VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: NORDINE TALEB VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Andrews: As expected, Taleb controlled the fight with his takedowns and cautious counters. Clements took some big swings on the feet and did well with the kimura attempt on the ground, but just couldn’t connect. Good win for Taleb.

TSN 2 PRELIMS 

OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VS DAVID MICHAUD 

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Olivier Aubin-Mercier of Canada attempts to secure a rear choke against David Michaud of the United States in their lightweight bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VIA SUBMISSION

WINNER: OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VIA SUBMISSION 3RD 3:24

Andrews: Aubin-Mercier outworked Michaud, bringing the fight to the ground staying out of trouble save for a nice Michaud strike that dropped him. Nicely done.

CHAD LAPRISE VS BRYAN BARBERENA

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Chad Laprise of Canada punches Bryan Barberena of the United States in their lightweight bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHAD LAPRISE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: CHAD LAPRISE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Laprise started well, then held off a Bam Bam rally, making things close.

#3 ALEXIS DAVIS VS #5 SARAH KAUFMAN

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Alexis Davis of Canada punches Sarah Kaufman of Canada in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SARAH KAUFMAN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: ALEXIS DAVIS VIA SUBMISSION 2RD 1:52

Andrews: Clearly, this is not the Alexis that lost twice to Kaufman previously. But Kaufman was doing well until things went to the ground in the second round.  I do think fighting for the title helped her to take a page out of Ronda Rousey’s book. Excellent win.

PATRICK “THE PREDATOR” COTE VS JOE “DIESEL” RIGGS

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Patrick Cote gets side control on Joe Riggs. Courtesy Josh Hedges, UFC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOE RIGGS VIA TKO

WINNER: PATRICK COTE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION 

Andrews:  I have to admit, Cote performed well. He ate Rigg’s best punches and delivered some of his own. When he was trouble, he worked his way out of it. Good performance by both fighters, good win for Cote.

MAIN CARD 

YVES “TIGER” JABOUIN VS THOMAS “THOMINHAS” ALMEIDA

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Thomas Almeida of Brazil punches Yves Jabouin of Canada in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: THOMAS ALMEIDA VIA TKO

WINNER: THOMAS ALMEIDA VIA TKO 1RD 4:18

Andrews: Jabouin started well, but then got overwhelmed. A tidy win for Almeida.

JOHN “THE BULL” MAKDESSI VS SHANE CAMPBELL 

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John Makdessi of Canada reacts after his TKO victory over Shane Campbell of the United States in their catchweight bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Note: This was a 160lbs catchweight bout.

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOHN MAKDESSI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: JOHN MAKDESSI VIA TKO

Andrews: Good striking shown by Makdessi but let’s remember he’s fighting a new guy in Campbell. Campbell went out on his shield, getting some good kicks in before Makdessi turned up the right hand heat.

#10 MICHAEL “THE COUNT” BISPING VS #11 CB DOLLAWAY 

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Michael Bisping of England punches CB Dollaway of the United States in their middleweight bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CB DOLLAWAY VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: MICHAEL BISPING VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrews: Bisping landed a ton of strikes and kicks, and although CB landed some takedowns, they were late and he didn’t do much with them.  Big props for Bisping for believing in himself and his trash talk.

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON VS #12 FABIO MALDONADO  

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Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson of the United States punches Fabio Maldonado of Brazil in their catchweight bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Note: This was a catchweight bout at 215 lbs.

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FABIO MALDONADO VIA TKO

WINNER: RAMPAGE JACKSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Andrews: I was disappointed in Maldonado’s performance. He wasn’t active enough, while Rampage surprisingly was. Was there a little hero worship going on? I don’t know, but the result could have been different had Fabio engaged more. You have to credit Rampage for bringing his game tonight.

MAIN EVENT 

DEMETRIOUS “MIGHTY MOUSE” JOHNSON VS KYOJI HORIGUCHI 

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Kyoji Horiguchi of Japan taps to an arm bar submission by Demetrious Johnson of the United States in their UFC flyweight championship bout during the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON VIA SUBMISSION R5 4:59

Andrews: Horiguchi proved to be game early, even landing a rare takedown on Johnson, but Demetrious controlled the fight for the most part. And then strted landing takedowns once he figured Kyoji out. Big props to get the finish late in the last round.Demetrious is just too good. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes in there, and can recover if he does. Yet another good win.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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