UFC 178: Mighty Mouse Retains Flyweight Title By Submission
- Updated: September 28, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (21-2-1) retains the UFC Flyweight Title with a dominant performance in submitting No. 8 ranked contender Chris Cariaso (17-6) in the second round at UFC 178 at the MGM Grand Arena on Saturday. The win is Johnson’s seventh straight victory and his fifth successful defense of his title which he has held since January of 2013.
The night kicked off with a women’s bantamweight fight that saw the No. 1 ranked women’s bantamweight contender “Alpha” Cat Zingano (9-0) remain unbeaten and defend her turf against the No. 8 ranked Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes (9-4) with a dominant third round stoppage win that ended Nunes three-fight winning streak. Zingano moved to 2-0 against UFC competition returning to the octagon after a year-and-a-half after her husband’s untimely death and her recovery from a knee injury.
In the middleweight bout that followed a little bit of controversy followed as well as No. 10 ranked contender Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (9-1) defeated No. 6 ranked Tim Kennedy (18-5) with a knockout in the third round. Romero extended his fight win streak to four while stopping Kennedy’s at four after delaying to get off the stool going into round three only to knock Kennedy backward with a combination and then follow him to the mat with a series of strikes that forced the stoppage.
“If you can’t get off the stool in a minute the fight is over. Not a minute and a half, not two minutes, not two and a half minutes while your coaches are still putting Vaseline on you and toweling you off,” railed Kennedy after the loss, “that fight should’ve been over, period.”
No. 9 ranked featherweight contender “The Notorious” Conor McGregor (16-2) needed only one round to knock out No. 5 ranked Dustin “The Diamond” Poirer (16-4) and live up to the hype that has surrounded his brief UFC career. “I don’t just knock them out, I pick the round,” said the Irishman, “It’s a whole ‘nother ballgame when they get hit by me.”
The highly anticipated debut of No. 14 lightweight contender Eddie Alvarez (25-4) in the Ultimate Fighting Championship against fan favorite No. 5 ranked Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (25-6, 1 NC) didn’t disappoint as it went to the judges with Cerrone taking the unanimous decision win, 29-28 on all cards. “Cowboy” controlled the fight, landing 40 more strikes and finishing on top in round three against Alvarez who was considered the best fighter outside of the UFC before he joined the organization.