What’s up MMA nerds? UFC 178 is in the books and maaaan, it was a good one. This was my first UFC I watched as a West Coast resident and I must say ,it is pretty sweet to get done watching a PPV by 9:30 PM.
The biggest story of the night to me was the Irishman, Conor McGregor. He talked a big game, and backed it up by emphatically decimating Dustin Poirier in about a minute into the first round. Poirier, who has been a contender at Featherweight for many years now, looked like a gazelle trapped in a cage with a hungry lion. Here’s a classic Conor McGregor quote at the post-fight presser, “I’m cocky in prediction, I’m confident in preparation, but I am always humble in victory or defeat.” McGregor was very gracious towards Poirier after the fight and it was good to see that it really is just ‘all business’ with him. Conor’s emergence reminds me of when Anderson Silva arrived in the UFC and took out Chris Leben and Rich Franklin in devastating fashion.
The Ruler is baaaack. The former UFC Bantamweight champion and a man many considered to be one of the pound-for-pound bests before his injury returned to the Octagon with a bang. Dominick Cruz absolutely mauled #5 ranked Bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki in his first fight in 3 years. Cruz earned his first finish in the UFC and looked stronger than ever. When Joe Rogan stepped into to the cage to interview Cruz, he continued his beef with Urijah Faber by saying he can’t wait to beat up some more ‘Alpha Fails’. (Faber’s fight team is called Team Alpha Male) With this win, Cruz earned himself a shot at the Bantamweight title against Faber’s protege, TJ Dillashaw.
Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson dominated Chris Cariaso just as everyone expected, and finished Chris with a textbook Kimura. DJ is looking unbeatable right now. The only 125 lbs. fighter that seems to have the tools to beat him is John Dodson, but many claim that Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall should get another chance to fight the champ.
Cat Zingano like Dominick Cruz made an excellent comeback from injury by beating Amanda Nunes. This was a huge win for Cat because she was announced as the next opponent for ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey.
Eddie Alvarez showed some jitters in his first UFC fight by losing to Donald Cerrone. Cowboy lost the first round by getting out-boxed Alvarez but quickly turned the tide with leg kicks in the beginning of the 2nd round. Cowboy Cerrone continued to batter Alvarez with his Muay Thai strikes for the rest of the fight for an easy decision win.
Yoel Romero scored a controversial win over Tim Kennedy due to stalling at the beginning Round 3 after being almost knocked out at the end of Round 2. Other than that, Romero dominated the fight and finished Kennedy with strikes in the last round. He should be trouble for anyone in the middleweight division.