UFC 178: “Mighty Mouse” Johnson outclasses Cariaso

UFC 178 Johnson Cariaso meme kimura submission

Demetrious Johnson retains Flyweight title by submitting Chris Cariaso in Round 2

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone kicks down Bellator star Eddie Alvarez, Conor McGregor TKO’s Dustin Poirier

It must’ve been a great night in Nevada, Las Vegas as the card was stacked with some really entertaining fights and spectacular finishes. The lightning quick UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (21-2-1) was technically brilliant in the main event with his title belt on the line. He has more speed than his opponent Chris Cariaso (17-5) and yet he went for the takedown at the very beginning of the bout. After being trapped for some strikes on the ground, Cariaso managed to struggle back to his feet but couldn’t get his offence going on and ate a knee to the face right before the bell.

In the second round, the champ took Cariaso down again and easily he advanced to side control to set up with a kimura arm lock. Despite Cariaso’s attempt to keep his arm straight, it was quite impossible not tap to that as the champ went on and had one leg over his head for a more effective twist on the lock. What a performance! With the great wizard Matt Hume at his corner, it’s hard to see Johnson failing in a title defence any time soon.

UFC 178 Cerrone Alvarez kicks

Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez (25-4) debuts by showing great speed and boxing against the lengthier cowboy Donald Cerrone (25-6) in the first round of the co-main event, seemingly dominating on standup. Cerrone went close and clinched him but during the clinch, it was Alvarez who landed multiple hooks and uppercuts. Cerrone changed his tactic in the second round to focus his attack on Alvarez’s thighs and mid-section with his strong Muay Thai kicks. Cerrone showed great takedown defence, absorbed some powerful punches to the head and continued attacking Alvarez’s legs until their gone in the third round.

Alvarez’s thighs were so hurt that he couldn’t remain on his feet any more. Cerrone repeatedly assaulted Alvarez’s left till he went down but instead forcing him to stand up, he went on top of him ’cause he was tired. Clock ran out and Cerrone was awarded the easy decision win with his strong second and third round.

UFC 178 McGregor Poirier KO punch

Dustin Poirier (16-4) and Conor McGregor (16-2) have been on to each other’s back heated by all the-trash talking and the fight kicked off quickly as the opening bell rang with the latter throwing some flashing kicks. Poirier seemed as though he couldn’t get a hold of McGregor’s unorthodox style and went down after getting clipped behind the ear. Before the referee stopped the contest, it looked like McGregor struck the back of Poirier’s head during his followup hammerfists but like Joe Rogan said, it wasn’t on purpose as Poirier’s head was moving when McGregor was pounding away, and it was only one strike that might have landed there. So no controversy there, I believe. McGregor won fair and square and with every victory, the smooth-talking Irish man is gaining more fans and it won’t be long till he gets the featherweight title shot.

Yoel “Soldier of God” Romera (9-1) dominated Tim Kennedy (18-5) with his speed and power on standup. Kennedy tried to take the fight to the ground but Romera was just too good defensively and much stronger. At the end of the first round, it was Romera who got the takedown. In the second round, Romera still dominates on the feet, Kennedy tried to wrestle him down again and attempted to grab the back after the unclean takedown but failed and it turned into a guillotine choke which Romera easy pulled out of it. Romera continued to push forward despite being obviously exhausted and got caught with two uppercuts and three punches to the chin which got him wobbling backwards all the way to the fence before the bell rang to save his ass.

UFC 178 Yoel Romero Tim Kennedy KO punch

He was cut above the eye and was so tired it took him extra 10 to 20 seconds during the interval to get off the stool, and this could be the factor which led to his victory. At the very beginning of the final round, he pushed forward and landed a one-two which dropped Kennedy. Kennedy ran but Romera was quick to chase him down. The bloodied up Kennedy could not recover, allowed Romera to go on top and unleashed the ground and pound until the referee’s seen enough. Great fight. UPDATE: Kennedy confronted Romera backstage arguing that the fight should’ve ended when he couldn’t get off the stool on time.

Cat Zingano remained undefeated while adding one more to her 8-fight winning streak after Amanda Nunes (9-4) via TKO in the third round. Zingano should be next against the queen of MMA, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey but I still don’t see Rousey getting dethrone any time soon. Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz (20-1) returned to the octagon after his almost 3-year absence due to injuries and after easily defeating Takeya Mizugaki (20-8-2) via TKO in the undercard, he’s now back on track to getting back the title he vacated.

UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso – Full Results

(Source: Wikipedia)

Fight of the Night: Yoel Romero vs. Tim Kennedy
Performance of the Night: Conor McGregor and Dominick Cruz

Main Card

Flyweight title: Demetrious Johnson (c) def. Chris Cariaso | Submission (Kimura) | R1 2:29
Lightweight: Donald Cerrone def. Eddie Alvarez | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Featherweight: Conor McGregor def. Dustin Poirier | TKO (punches) | R1 1:46
Middleweight: Yoel Romero def. Tim Kennedy | TKO (punches) | R3 0:58
Women’s Bantamweight: Cat Zingano def. Amanda Nunes | TKO (elbows & punches) | R3 1:21

Preliminary Card

Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz def. Takeya Mizugaki | TKO (punches) | R1 1:01
Lightweight: Jorge Masvidal def. James Krause | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Stephen Thompson def. Patrick Côté | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Brian Ebersole def. John Howard | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Kevin Lee def. Jon Tuck | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Bantamweight: Manvel Gamburyan def. Cody Gibson | Submission (guillotine choke) | R2 4:51

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