According to a Sept. 27 report from MMA Weekly, the final results are in from the UFC 178 pay-per-view spectacular that emanated from Las Vegas on the evening of Sept. 27. UFC 178 went down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the fight capital of the world. It was an exciting night of action that saw several superstars emerge as title contenders, with some other high-level veteran fighters falling down the ladder in shocking fashion. UFC 178 also saw Dominick Cruz and Cat Zingano make successful returns to the cage after long layoffs.
Opening the UFC 178 main card pay-per-view, Cat Zingano reigned supreme in an exciting women’s bantamweight contest. Zingano ravaged Amanda Nunes with ground-and-pound to earn a title fight against UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, in a fight likely to go down in January of next year. Zingano, 32, headed into the third frame of action down on the judges’ scorecards, so she knew she needed a spectacular finish to secure the title opportunity.
Zingano got the stoppage at the 1:21-mark of the third round, after opening a cut on Nunes’ face with devastating elbow strikes while the ladies were grappling on the mat. In the second fight of the UFC 178 main card, Yoel Romero took a step up the middleweight ladder with a finish of Tim Kennedy. This fight featured plenty of controversy, as Romero was rocked heading into the third frame. He was so hurt that he was unable to get off the stool to open the third round, until over 30 seconds went by.
Kennedy believes the fight should have been called, since Romero took so long to get off the stool to open the round. Nevertheless, the fight was allowed to continue and Romero earn a stoppage due to strikes in the third frame. Elsewhere on the UFC 178 main card, Conor McGregor stepped up as a legitimate featherweight title contender by demolishing Dustin Poirier.
McGregor, 26, is one of the UFC’s fastest-rising superstars, and he all but locked up a title fight by smashing through Poirier. Time will tell what the future holds for McGregor, but he’s well on his way toward becoming the UFC’s biggest star. In other action, Donald Cerrone gave Eddie Alvarez a rude welcome to the UFC Octagon.
Cerrone proved to be a major step up in competition for Alvarez, as “Cowboy” took home a unanimous decision victory. Finally, the UFC 178 main card wrapped up with Demetrious Johnson holding into his flyweight title. Johnson sent Chris Cariaso to an early shower by securing a kimura at the 2:29-mark of the second round.