According to a Sept. 27 report from Sherdog, the results are in from the UFC 178 pay-per-view spectacular that emanated from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev, on the evening of Sept. 27. UFC 178, which featured a flyweight title fight in the headliner, opened with a stacked preliminary card that included plenty of exciting crowd-pleasing action. Cody Gibson went toe-to-toe with Manny Gamburyan in the opening fight of the night, and it was a spirited affair that got the UFC 178 off to a rollicking start.
Gibson peppered away at his opponent with hooks, jabs and standing elbows in the first several minutes of the bout. By the end of the opening frame, Gamburyan was already busted up and showing massive damage to his face. The second round was much of the same, with Gibson mixing uppercuts into his attack. However, Gamburyan came out of nowhere with a takedown, and secured a guillotine choke with just seconds left in the round.
Gamburyan lost the first round in devastating fashion, but he bounced back with a superb second frame. Gamburyan secured the fight-finishing guillotine choke at the 4:56-mark of the second round. The UFC 178 prelims continued with a scrap that aired exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, as Kevin Lee battled Jon Tuck.
Lee opened with a solid opening frame, kicking off the bout with serious clinch work and power-punching. He easily took the first round on the judges’ scorecards. Lee did some serious damage in the second round, perhaps enough to earn a 10-8 on the scorecards. Heading into the third, it was clear Tuck needed a finish to earn the victory at UFC 178.
Unfortunately for him, he didn’t get one. Tuck came out swinging in the third, and he did enough to convince the judges that he won the fight. It was 30-26 across the board for Lee. Later in the night, fast-rising Irish superstar, Conor McGregor, will take on the toughest test of his life when he enters the cage opposite Dustin Poirier.
McGregor is a legitimate top 10 contender, but Poirier is currently ranked in the top five in the world. With a victory over Poirier, McGregor may be in line for a title shot against the winner of Jose Aldo versus Chad Mendes. McGregor has been making waves in the MMA world this year, and he has been receiving serious rockstar treatment. The fans absolutely love him, but he’ll need to keep winning to keep the fans on his side.
Also on the UFC 178 main card, Cat Zingano fights Amanda Nunes in a scrap with major title implications. If Zingano beats Nunes, she’ll be in line for a UFC title shot against Ronda Rousey. Zingano has been out of action for several months, rehabbing from a knee injury. Nunes might just be her toughest opponent to date.