Cover your starches with gravy, boys and girls, it’s time for another French-Canadian version of the Downes Side! Find a comfortable place to lay down because these predictions are going hit you harder than a serving of poutine and a six pack of Molson.
If you’re looking for action that can match that calorie count, you’ve come to the right place. UFC 186 comes to you live from Bell Centre in Montreal. In the main event of the evening, flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defends his belt against Japanese powerhouse Kyoji Horiguchi. In the co-main event, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returns to the UFC to take on Fabio Maldonado. It’s fight time.
Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida
We begin the main card in the bantamweight division for Yves Jabouin and Thomas Almeida. Stepping into the Octagon for the ninth time, Tristar-trained Yves “Tiger” Jabouin has traded wins and losses in his last four fights. The 35-year-old will have his hands full against rising prospect Thomas Almeida. A dangerous striker, 13 of his career wins have come via KO.
Jabouin has rounded out his abilities, but he’s still primarily a kickboxer. His takedowns aren’t particularly strong, and Almeida has proven he has capable defense. The difference maker here is output. Almeida strings together combinations and has the far superior volume. Jabouin will crowd Almeida early and maybe even hold him against the fence. Just like his fight against Gorman, though, the young Brazilian eventually finds his range and lets the punches and kicks fly. Almeida by decision.
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