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UFC 178: Johnson, Cariaso Among Top Contenders In Action

DemetriousJohnsonU_2629273bLAS VEGAS, Nev. – UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (20-2-1) takes on No. 8 ranked contender Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso (17-5) in the main event of UFC 178 on Saturday to cap off a five-fight main card that features top contenders squaring off in every fight. The co-main event bout is the much anticipated fight between No. 5 lightweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (24-6, 1 NC) and No. 14 ranked Eddie Alvarez (25-3) in his first Ultimate Fighting Championship action since leaving Bellator.

The action gets started with a women’s bantamweight fight between unbeaten No. 1 contender “Alpha” Cat Zingano (8-0) and No. 8 ranked Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes (9-3). Zingano is an aggressor in the octagon whose sole UFC fight was a third round knockout of No. 2 contender Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (15-5). Nunes brings a similar aggressive style into the fight, having won three-of-four fights in UFC including a two-fight winning streak with both wins coming in first round knockouts.

Next up is a middleweight bout with No. 6 ranked Tim Kennedy (18-4) facing No. 10 contender Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (8-1) as both fighters put multi-fight win streaks on the line. Kennedy has won four straight fights, most recently defeating No. 7 ranked Michael “The Count” Bisping (26-6) by a unanimous decision at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in April. Romero has won three straight with his last win coming against No. 15 contender Brad Tavares (12-4) by a unanimous decision in April.

Then No. 5 featherweight contender Dustin “The Diamond” Poirer (16-3) takes on No. 9 ranked Conor “The Notorious” McGregor (15-2) in a matchup of interesting styled fighters. Poirer has won three straight with his last win coming by a second round knockout against Akira Corassini (14-5-1) in April. McGregor has also won three in a row with his last win by a first round knockout of Diego Brandao (22-10) in July.

Cerrone puts his five-fight winning streak on the line as he welcomes Alvarez to the UFC. Cerrone’s last win was a second round knockout of No. 9 ranked Jim Miller (24-5, 1 NC) and he is fighting his fourth fight of 2014. Alvarez won his last fight with a second round submission over Katsunori Kikuno and is ready to make his UFC debut.

Johnson is making his fourth title defense against Cariaso’s three fight win streak in what should be an exciting bout. Johnson won by a unanimous decision in his last fight at UFC 174 over No. 7 contender Ali Bagautinov (13-3) while Cariaso defeated Louis Smolka (7-1) by a unanimous decision in January.