No fighter on the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster looks any more unbeatable than Demetrious Johnson.
Johnson submitted Kyoji Horiguchi with a fifth-round armbar to retain his flyweight championship in the UFC 186 “Johnson vs. Horiguchi” headliner on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “Mighty Mouse” coaxed the tapout 4:59 into round five -- the latest finish in the history of the UFC.
Horiguchi (15-2, 4-1 UFC) found himself in a hopeless situation from the start. Johnson executed multiple takedowns in the first, second, third and fifth rounds, but he blew away the challenger in the transitions. He chained together his grappling and striking seamlessly, grinding down Horiguchi with a crushing pace. By the time the fifth round started, the Norifumi Yamamoto protege looked like a man who was ready for the misery to end. Johnson (22-2-1, 10-1-1 UFC) obliged but not before exacting a further toll.
After securing his final takedown, “Mighty Mouse” advanced to the mounted crucifix, smashed away with rapid-fire elbows and punches on Horiguchi’s exposed face and then transitioned beautifully from full mount to the farside armbar. Horiguchi tapped with just one second remaining in the bout.
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‘Rampage’ Makes Triumphant Return
In the catchweight co-main event, former light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson made a triumphant return to the Octagon, as he captured a unanimous decision over Fabio Maldonado. Jackson (36-11, 8-5 UFC) drew 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 marks from the judges in his first UFC appearance since January 2013.
Maldonado (22-8, 5-5 UFC) lacked the aggression he needed to spring the upset. Jackson leaned on a variety of strikes, pairing leg kicks and knees to the body with heavy shots up top. “Rampage” doubled up with uppercuts, uncorked a few standing elbows and ripped away with left and right hooks at various levels. Maldonado failed to capitalize when fatigue seemed to set in on Jackson in the second round, allowing the Memphis, Tenn., native to remain in his comfort zone and cruise to the decision.
Jackson, 36, will carry a four-fight winning streak into his next appearance.
Victorious Bisping Outworks Dollaway
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner Michael Bisping moved into a tie for fourth place on the all-time list with his 16th UFC victory, as he claimed a unanimous decision from C.B. Dollaway in a middleweight showcase. All three judges scored it 29-28 for Bisping (26-7, 16-7 UFC).
Not all went according to plan for “The Count.” Dollaway planted him on his backside with a left hook on the chin in the first round, placing the Englishman in real danger. Bisping weathered the adversity, forced the fight deeper and brought his superior fitness into play. Dollaway’s output dwindled over the final two rounds, where he was met with multi-punch bursts and occasional kicks from the 36-year-old Brit. Neither of his completed takedowns led to anything meaningful from an offensive standpoint, and Bisping pushed a pace he could not match. He dodged a weary takedown attempt late in round three, assumed top position and battered Dollaway with ground-and-pound. They finished on their feet, where Bisping punctuated his latest victory by cracking the Power MMA Team representative with a searing right hand in the waning seconds.
Dollaway (15-7, 9-7 UFC) has dropped three of his past five bouts.
Makdessi Sinks Replacement Campbell
Tristar Gym’s John Makdessi stopped World Series of Fighting veteran Shane Campbell with first-round punches in a featured catchweight clash at 160 pounds. A replacement for the injured Abel Trujillo, Campbell (11-3, 0-1 UFC) met his end 4:53 into round one.
Makdessi (13-3, 6-3 UFC) struggled initially with the kickboxer’s height and reach. Campbell unleashed stinging kicks to the leg and body, executing his game plan from the perimeter. Midway through the first round, Makdessi sent a crushing right hook into his face and floored him where he stood. Campbell survived the subsequent onslaught but never fully recovered. Makdessi folded him into a turtled position with another short right with roughly 15 seconds left in the round and followed up with a fight-ending volley of rights and lefts.
The defeat snapped Campbell’s three-fight winning streak.
Undefeated Almeida Dispatches Jabouin
Chute Boxe prospect Thomas Almeida wiped out Yves Jabouin with first-round punches in a bantamweight showcase. A former Legacy Fighting Championship titleholder, the undefeated Almeida (18-0, 2-0 UFC) drew the curtain 4:18 into round one.
Jabouin (20-10, 5-4 UFC) was simply outgunned. Almeida set the Tristar Gym export on rubbery legs with a sneaky overhand right and went to work. Power punch after power punch -- hooks, uppercuts and savage body blows -- found their mark, as the Brazilian chopped down Jabouin along the cage. Before long, referee Yves Lavigne had seen enough.
Almeida, 23, has secured 17 of his 18 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission, 15 of them inside one round.
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