If you’ve started combing through the internet to find something else to do on April 25th, since UFC 186 has lost yet another big name, Michael Bisping would argue that’s a mistake.
Yes, as you’ve probably heard by now, “Rampage” Jackson will no longer fight Fabio Maldonado at the upcoming event. Bellator has been granted a temporary injunction to prevent him from doing so, which is the latest development in their contract squabble. Jackson is but the latest star who’s been pulled from the card, as UFC 186 has also lost bouts like TJ Dillashaw-Renan Barao II and Rory MacDonald-Hector Lombard in the preceding weeks.
So what about Bisping? Well the “Count” is scheduled to fight fellow middleweight contender CB Dolloway on April 25th, and while talking to Rick Lee recently, the British fighter had this to say about UFC 186 (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“This is still a fantastic card,” Bisping said. “We’ve got one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Demetrious Johnson. The flyweight title is on the line.
“And, of course, myself taking on C.B. Dollaway. I’m going up there, and I’m absolutely going to electrify Montreal. The people in Montreal will pay, so they will get what they pay for, which is to see a spectacular fight and none other than C.B. Dollaway being left face down on the floor. That’s what everyone wants to see. They want a knockout, and they’re going to get a knockout, believe you me.”
How about that huh? Now, chances are a lot of hardcore fans will agree with Bisping. Johnson is a ridiculously entertaining and talented fighter, and although he’s a huge favorite to defeat Kyoji Horiguchi, the latter is one of the flyweight division’s fastest rising commodities. The card will also feature some bouts that have the potential to be absolute gems, like Bryan Barberena vs. Chad Laprise, Nordine Taleb vs. Chris Clements, and Shane Campbell vs. John Makdessi.
But, most ‘I watch it sometimes’ fans, probably aren’t overly familiar with many of those names, and without the all-star bouts, the PPV sales could take a bit of a bath here…(assuming the UFC doesn’t come through with some big name addition here in the next day or so).
UFC 186 will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The main card will also feature Patrick Cote taking on Joe Riggs and Sarah Kaufman versus Alexis Davis.