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UFC 186 preview: Five burning questions for 'Johnson vs Horiguchi' PPV in Montreal

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) platform this Saturday night (April 25, 2015) with the UFC 186 fight card, featuring reigning flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson taking on upstart contender Kyoji Horiguchi. We here at took a gander at the fight card, and put together five burning questions heading into this weekend.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is ready to cap off a thrilling month of April this Saturday (April 25, 2015) as Demetrious Johnson looks to defend his 125-pound title against a fresh contender in Kyoji Horiguchi in the main event of the UFC 186 pay-per-view (PPV), set to go down live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Elsewhere on the card, perennial 185-pound contender Michael Bisping takes on CB Dollaway in a pivotal middleweight clash, while bantamweight prospect Thomas Almeida looks to take out gritty 135-pound veteran Yves Jabouin.

With a PPV fiesta just days away, pondered "Five Burning Questions" heading into Saturday night.

5. With all the injuries and changes to the card, how many PPV buys can UFC expect?

This topic has been rehashed over and over, but there is no question that the busy UFC schedule causes a severely watered down product, often leading to incredibly thin PPV events.

To make matters worse, injuries are an omnipresent part of mixed martial arts (MMA), always posing a threat to even the sturdiest of cards, let alone the events dependent on one major fight.

Many thought the straw that broke the camel's back occurred at the UFC 177 fiasco, but just a few months later, UFC brass inexplicably opted to RAISE the PPV price an additional $5.

Fight fans were then treated to several outstanding PPV events such as UFC 178, 181, 182, 183, and 185.

UFC 186 actually looked fantastic on paper just a few months ago, but a less than a week from the event, the powers that be are likely sweating when it comes down to how many buys this event will actually generate.

The event lost a title fight between TJ Dillashaw vs Renan Barao, a top contender bout in Rory MacDonald vs Hector Lombard, Rampage Jackson was pulled from the event due to an injunction, and the exciting lightweight Abel Trujillo was lost to an injury as well.


UFC was forced to make the flyweight title fight the new main event in Montreal, even with knowledge that Demetrious Johnson has not exactly proven to be a PPV star.

"Mighty Mouse's" UFC 174 title fight against Ali Bagautinov -- a relatively unknown contender at the time -- sold a meager 115,000 buys.

With Johnson taking on yet another contender who is unknown to the masses in Kyoji Horiguchi, and a weak supporting cast, can we even expect UFC 186 to eclipse 115,000 buys?

4. Will Steve Bosse make any impact in the 205-pound division, or is this a one-time rodeo?

Let's all give a warm welcome to Rampage Jackson's replacement, Steve Bosse!

Most of you probably don't know the former hockey enforcer, but since he dropped the stick in exchange for gloves, the Montreal native has been training at Tristar Gym in hopes of honing his craft.

After compiling an impressive 10-1 record, Bosse was signed by UFC in 2014, before retiring from MMA just a month later.

With UFC brass in dire straits, and a PPV slot open in his hometown, Bosse could not turn down the opportunity to debut this weekend against Fabio Maldonado.

With the light heavyweight division in desperate need of new contenders, could this be the beginning of a Cinderella story, or merely a one-time attempt at the big show?

Either way, Bosse has a stiff test in front of him at UFC 186.

3. Joe Riggs: Does "Diesel" have anything left?

You may not believe this, but Joe Riggs is only 32 years old.

Robbie Lawler, UFC's welterweight champ, is 33.

"Diesel" may be young in years, but he is ancient in fight years. Making his MMA debut just about 14 years ago, Riggs has compiled an impressive resume, including fighting for UFC, Bellator, WEC, Strikeforce, and nearly everything in between.

56 pro fights, for those of you keeping score.

After winning six straight bouts from 2011-2013, as well as winning Bellator MMA's "Fight Master," UFC opted to re-sign the grizzled veteran.

After shooting himself, Riggs made his return to the Octagon this past December, only to lose in under a minute due to a freak neck injury.

Riggs takes on Patrick Cote in Montreal this weekend, and this will likely be his last opportunity to shine. Does "Diesel" have what it takes to pull out another victory?

2. Will Michael Bisping stay relevant, or does CB Dollaway put the veteran out for good?

Michael Bisping is one of the most polarizing figures in the history of UFC and MMA.

Long loathed for his attitude, but revered for his talent, Bisping became a must-watch fighter over the last decade. Fans either wanted to watch "The Count" fail miserably or triumph impressively, and both sides got what they wanted on many different occasions.

At 36 years-old and 3-4 in his last seven fights, it is likely that Bisping's historic career is coming to an end relatively soon.

While he may never be a champion, he was a top contender in a tough division for many years.

After getting absolutely schooled by Luke Rockhold his last time out, Bisping badly needs to rebound on Saturday night over CB Dollaway.

Can the Brit put in one last run with an epic performance, or will Dollaway close the door on "The Count's" legendary career?

1. Does Kyoji Horiguchi really have a chance against Demetrious Johnson?

Whatever the reason may be for casual fans not paying to watch Demetrious Johnson fight, no one can deny that "Mighty Mouse" is among the best and most technical fighters on the planet.

The flyweight champ seemingly does everything right, and after being ridiculed for not finishing fights, Johnson has three finishes in his last four appearances. In fact, "Mighty Mouse" has put himself in precarious positions in order to procure a finish in his last few outings.

Johnson is far and away the best 125-pound fighter in the world, but in MMA, anything can happen. While it would be a monumental upset in similar vein to TJ Dillashaw over Renan Barao, Kyoji Horiguchi has the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend.

The only advantage I would give to the Japanese native heading into UFC 186 would be his power, but I would be foolish if I didn't mention how difficult it is to actually hit Johnson.

Horiguchi is 15-1 in MMA, and has shown flashes of brilliance thus far in his short UFC tenure. Can he put all the pieces together in order to put on the masterful performance necessary to defeat "Mighty Mouse?"

Probably not, but you truly never know in MMA.

That's a wrap!

For more information on UFC 186, including the full fight card, results, news, and more, click here.