UFC 178 was one of the more controversial shows that UFC put on. This is mainly due to the Yoel Romero vs. Tim Kennedy fight, which we'll review on a bit. Let's review the main card fights:
Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
Coming into the fight, there was a lot of discussion about Cat Zingano being the top dog in women's MMA, 2nd only to Ronda Rousey. At UFC 178, she proved she was good enough to FACE the champion. However, a lot remains to be seen if she's good enough to BEAT the champion. In my view, Cat is going to get armbared easy by Ronda, simply because Zingano clearly showed problems working off her back. That lack of ground game is going to show during her Rousey fight.
Overall, the fight was fairly weak, both women chose to lay down more and do ground work, which doesn't do much for anyone involved. Cat failed to stand up with Nunes and literally held the fight on the ground until a Ground-n-Pound victory in the 3rd round.
Results: Cat Zingano def. Amanda Nunes by TKO (strikes) @ 1:21 - Round 3
Yoel Romero vs. Tim Kennedy
Now we come to the main complaint of this article and of the whole MMA world today. Let me give you a bit of background. In the 2nd round, the last 10 seconds, Tim Kennedy had Yoel Romero on the ropes. He essentially knocked him out but needed maybe 3-5 seconds to finish the fight. Basically, Yoel Romero was knocked-out on the feet but saved by the bell. When he went back into his corner, after the 1 minute break was over, his corner didn't remove his chair nor did they leave the Octagon. In addition, there was a ton of Vaseline on him that had to be wiped off. Basically, the stalling for time allowed Yoel Romero to recover and TKO Tim Kennedy in the 3rd round. He had extra 28 seconds to recover. That's not huge for us, but it's HUGE when you are talking about getting KOed.
Though, a note. Dana White said in a post-fight interview that it was a UFC official who put on all the Vaseline, but the the Yoel Romero team was slow to leave the cage. He called it the "oldest dirty trick in the book." Well, I call it cheating. IMO, they should have a rematch with tighter watch by the UFC officials.
Results: Yoel Romero def. Tim Kennedy by TKO (strikes) @ 0:58, Round 3
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Not much to say about this fight. Conor McGregor came out strong and flashy as he always does. He looked great, confident and ready to win. A few wild kicks from McGregor, followed by a TKO in the 1st.
Results: Conor McGregor def. Dustin Poirier by TKO (strikes) @ 1:46, Round 1
Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez
This was a long fight, they fought the full 3 round fight. In the 1st round, Eddie Alvarez came out strong with a lot of dirty boxing. He won the round. However, the following 2 rounds, he was easily outmatched by Donald Cerrone (Cowboy). Donald Cerrone had no problems smashing Eddie's leg with leg kicks and following up with clean knees. All in all, Donald Cerrone completely destroyed Eddie Alvarez in the last 2 rounds. This just shows the level of top competition outside the UFC. While other MMA sites claim Bellator has other great talent, I have my doubts. There really isn't a lot of good high-level talent outside the UFC and this fight proved it.
Results: Donald Cerrone def. Eddie Alvarez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso
Finally, we have the champion Demetrious Johnson, who easily dominated Chris Cariaso in the first round. Both on the feet and on the ground. In the 2nd round, Mighty-Mouse easily submitted the weak Chris Cariaso. Chris Cariaso did show heart by not tapping out right away to a hybrid-kimura but so what? Demetrious Johnson looked like he was from another planet. Like a 20 year old fighting and 13 year old. It was a complete domination, followed by a submission.
Results: Demetrious Johnson def. Chris Cariaso by submission (kimura) @ 2:29, Round 2