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UFC 178: Johnson vs Cariaso will be held on September 27th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card from top to bottom is one great night of fights. The Main Event features #4 Pound For Pound UFC fighter and current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson defending his title for the sixth time against #8 ranked Chris Cariaso in what will be a fast paste and very technical match up. The Co Main Event is a potential fight of the year as #5 ranked Lightweight Donald Cerrone welcomes former Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez to the UFC cage.
Ever since the 125 pound division has been introduced to the UFC we are seeing some of the most fastest and excising fighters come from that division. Only one though has stood above the rest, that man is Current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (20-2-1) 6-1-1 in UFC. His world class speed and excellent movement has made him one of the UFC pound for pound best. His last outing was a successful title defense against Ali Bagautinov back at in June and is looking to defend his title for a sixth time. His opponent, challenger #8 ranked Flyweight Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso (17-5) 7-3 in UFC is a real test for the champion, his speed and experience is going to really test the champion. Cariaso is currently on a three fight win streak and each fight shows a new type of fighter. His never give up style will make him a hard opponent to finish and we will see who is the best at 125 on September 27th.
The Co Main Event features two of the best lightweights in the world, as #5 ranked Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (24-6-1) 11-3 in UFC squares off against former Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez (25-3). This fight has the potential to be the fight of the year. Donald Cerrone is currently on a four fight win streak and with each fight we are seeing the same thing from him, finishes. His last four fights have been finishes. Including two performance of the nights, one submission of the night and one knockout of the night. Cerrone wants to be the most active fighter in the UFC and he seems to be following his word. As he has fought four times so far in 2014 and is going to make it a fifth September 27th. His opponent, Eddie Alvarez was said to be one of the best lightweights outside of the UFC in 2013 and now he will finally step up to the big stage and we will see if he is ready for elite competition. Alvarez is currently on a three fight win streak and along that streak captured the Bellator Lightweight Championship for a second time. Two of his last three victories were finishes and he will surely try and make a statement against Donald Cerrone.
The third fight on the card features two elite Featherweights, as #6 ranked Dustin Poirier (16-3) 8-2 in UFC fights #9 ranked Connor McGregor (15-2) 3-0 in UFC in what will be a truly an exciting fight with two people who do not like each other. Dustin Poirier has always been at the top of the UFC Featherweight Division and every fight we see him in he is improving. His last two wins have been finishes and he is looking more aggressive with each match up. His ultimate goal is to fight for the title and a win at UFC 178 will bring him one step closer to his dream. Ever since arriving to the UFC in 2013 Connor McGregor has gone 3-0 so far and is showing no sign of him stopping. He has finished two of his three UFC victories and with a victory over Poirier will prove that he is ready for top 5 competition.
The Second fight on the card is a clash of two top UFC Middleweights, as #6 ranked Tim Kennedy (18-4) 3-0 in UFC will meet #10 ranked Yoel Romero (8-1) 4-0 in UFC. Former Strikeforce Middleweight Title challenger Tim Kennedy has always shown true heart and a desire to never give up or surrender, as shown in his United States Military Career. Since coming to the UFC we have seen a true contender to the UFC Middleweight Title. His last victory over Michael Bisping was a true example of that. His wrestling and grappling is very elite and wants a decisive victory in Las Vegas to prove that he is one of the best at 185. His opponent is #10 ranked Middleweight Yoel Romero. Back in 2013 Romero made his UFC Debut and by the look of that finish we saw a fighter that was going to be something in the octagon. He is on a four fight win streak so far and looks better every time we see him. His olympic level wrestling and unique striking prove a true challenge to any fighter and we will see if Romero can pull off a victory over a top contender.
Kicking off the main card features the only Female fight on the card. As #1 ranked UFC Women Bantamweight contender Cat Zingano (8-0) 1-0 in UFC will square off against #8 ranked Amanda Nunes (9-3) 2-0 in UFC. It has been over a year since Cat Zingano has fought inside the octagon and is looking to prove why she is ranked as the top contender in her division. Her last victory over Miesha Tate proved that she is a true test for anyone she gets in the cage with and will be looking for a finish in her next fight at UFC 178. Her opponent, #8 ranked Amanda Nunes has been on a two fight win streak and those two victories were inside the octagon. Her style of aggression and always moves forward is a true battle for anyone she faces. This is a huge opportunity for her to be facing one of the bests of the bests at 135 and if she can get a victory over Zingano she will be right in the talk of title contention.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso UFC Flyweight Championship
Eddie Alvarez vs. Donald Cerrone
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
Amanda Nunes vs. Cat Zingano
Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
James Krause vs. Jorge Masvidal
Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson
Brian Ebersole vs. John Howard
Kevin Lee vs. Jon Tuck
Manny Gamburyan vs. Cody Gibson