Mighty Mouse saves UFC 186 card
April 25, 2015 3:01 AM
by Alan Berg
Mighty Mouse is here to save the day.
Dominant UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defends his title tonight at UFC 186 against Kyoji Horiguchi on pay-per-view. However, he wasn’t always the main event.
UFC 186 was a card that was planned completely different; it was supposed to feature the Bantamweight Championship rematch of T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao. It was cancelled for the second time. Johnson’s title defense was the co-feature, making this a stacked card.
The third fight on tap was a showdown of Rory McDonald vs. Hector Lombard. However, that fight was also cancelled because of a failed drug test by Lombard. McDonald would instead receive a title shot against Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 in July.
Back to Johnson, who has been as great as a champion as you could ask for; he has five straight title defenses over the past 2½ years. Two of the last three have come via stoppage.
Mighty Mouse’s opposition is nicknamed The Supernova. Since arriving in UFC, Horiguchi is 4-0 and his career record is 15-1. While he is a solid fighter I don’t think he has what it takes to take the title away.
Last week was a great week for me as I tied for first place on Natasha Wicks 10 Bit UFC on Fox 15, going 5-0 with my fighters. Hopefully the trend continues, on to the picks (salaries are from Kountermove.com).
Demetrious Johnson ($5,700) – While an expensive investment, it is a wise one. Johnson has fought better fighters than Horiguchi and made it look easy. He will never get the respect he deserves because of his size (125 lbs.) but he is an all action, no nonsense champion. If he was 100 pounds heavier he would be a mega star. Tonight he shows why the betting world has him at a -750 to -1000 favorite. Projection: SUB2.
Diamonds in the Rough
Randa Markos ($4,800) – Markos faces off against Aisling Daly. Both women were contestants on The Ultimate Fighter 20, which had Markos upsetting third-seeded and highly regarded Tecia Torres in the opening round. Markos fell to Rose Namajunas in the semifinals. This matchup is an interesting one, but I expect Markos to batter Daly, who has less than impressive defensive skills. Projection: UD3.
Bryan Barberena ($4,100) – Barberena is a solid striker that will be mixing it up with another striker in undefeated Chad Laprise. Eight of Barberena’s wins are by knockout, which is what makes him a live underdog against another striker. This could go either way as it’s a good test for Laprise to see if he can take punishment as good as he can dish it out. I think however Barberena lands the big one first. Projection: KO2.
Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter: @vegasberserker Contact him at ABerg@GamingToday.com.