Bloody Elbow will provide live, in-depth coverage of the UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso pay-per-view event. The five-fight main card is captained by UFC flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson taking on challenger Chris "Kamikaze" Cariaso. The co-main event will stage the Octagon debut of explosive wrestle-boxer Eddie Alvarez, who draws Muay Thai specialist Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.
Also in action: Irish knockout artist Conor McGregor faces his stiffest test yet in Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier, violent Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero meets Tim Kennedy and the undefeated Cat Zingano makes her return against Amanda Nunes.
Live results and play-by-play will commence with the start of the pay-per-view card at 10:00 p.m. ET. In the meantime, feel free to peruse this week's UFC 178 Vivisection for detailed analysis and predictions of each bout.
R1: The champ is busy with kicks from the fringe to start the bout. Cariaso lunges in with a right and whiffs his outside low kick. As does Johnson, but he changes levels fluidly and easily puts Cariaso on his back with a double. Johnson steps over the leg as Cariaso tries to stand, threatening with a pass to mount -- Cariaso acknowledges by falling back into full guard. Johnson steps over into half guard but Cariaso regains full guard right away.
Johnson passes again and this time settles for two knees to the ribs as Cariaso stands back up. Johnson with a series of body knees in the over/under clinch, then a stifling front headlock when Cariaso takes a knee. A leaping body kick from Johnson. Cariaso manages a body knee and a left hook on the clinch break, then sets up a nice outside low kick with a flash of his hands. Johnson explodes into action with an overhand right and step-in knee that lands to the head. 10-9 Johnson.
R2: "Mighty Mouse" nails an early takedown and goes back to work from half guard, landing some meaningful ground-and-pound. Johnson steps over Cariaso's left arm and lands a flurry of shots from the crucifix position before Cariaso slips out, but now Johnson attacks the far-side arm with the two-on-one grip. Cariaso defends initially but Johnson steps over into a more dominant position again and forces the tapout via kimura.
- Demetrious Johnson defeats Chris Cariaso by submission (kimura) at 2:29 R2
R1: Cerrone with a mid-range kick from the left side. Alvarez with a quick right. Cerrone lands his signature step-in left knee to the body. Alvarez seems to be struggling with Cowboy's range until he explodes forward and lands nearly a dozen consecutive rights from the single collar tie. An Alvarez left/right combo finds the mark.
Left body kick from Cerrone. Alvarez slips in a quick right hand. Outside low kick from Cerrone but he's telegraphing his step-in knee. Alvarez shoots and Cerrone wards it off with 90 seconds left, switching to the Thai plum and firing a knee to break their clinch entanglement. Cerrone glances with a left high kick and seeks out more knees from the plum grip but Alvarez disengages. Another left roundhouse kick to the body from Cerrone. 10-9 Alvarez for the caveman flurry.
R2: Cerrone closes the distance and deflects two rights from Alvarez but he still can't secure the double necktie to land his knees. Alvarez nearly catches a left kick and then digests a thudding step-in knee from Cerrone. Now "Cowboy" gets the Thai plum long enough to spear two knees deep into the sternum of Alvarez. Overhand right lands for Alvarez but he's late to counter Cerrone's high kick.
Cerrone chops at Alvarez's leg with a low kick and fires punches to the body, and Alvarez looks a tad dazed as they disconnect. Alvarez escapes a clinch encounter and slugs Cerrone with a retreating left hook. Another Cerrone high kick whizzes just over Alvarez's face. Cerrone marching forward fearlessly and plugging both hands through Eddie's defense. Alvarez responds with a short right. Cerrone answers back with a right cross. Another right from Alvarez but he leads with body shots on his next attack and Cerrone counters with more knees to the body. 10-9 Cerrone.
R3: Alvarez shoots right away but Cerrone stays upright with an underhook. Alvarez clocks Cerrone as he's stepping in for a knee. Glancing left hook for Alvarez, then a solid right cross. Lead shovel punch from Cerrone just misses but his outside low kick doesn't. Cerrone changes levels but then comes high with a knee that finds that the jaw of Alvarez. Alvarez dings Cerrone with a long jab and follow-up cross.
Cerrone's chops away with another low kick and then thunders a step-in knee to the head. Now a left body kick and outside right low kick, causing Alvarez to change stances to protect his wounded left leg. Cerrone lands two more leg kicks and Alvarez can barely stand; now a third low kick sends him down to the canvas. Cerrone dives into his guard; foolishly, as Alvarez is having trouble standing. High half-guard with busy left elbows from Cerrone on top, then a knee to the ribs. Cerrone closes the round on top. 10-9 Cerrone. I have it 29-28 for "Cowboy."
- Donald Cerrone defeats Eddie Alvarez by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
R1: The building is electric after some last-minute taunting and posturing on both sides. McGregor opens with a front-leg hook kick. Poirier steps in to jam a McGregor spinning kick and lands a short right as the Irishman regains his footing. Poirier attacks with an uppercut and lands a follow-up right over the top, which was prompted by some choice words from McGregor, who swats Poirier with a smoldering right. McGregor grazes Poirier with a left hand but it's good enough to drop him, and McGregor unbolts a succession of jackhammer lefts to coax the stoppage.
- Conor McGregor defeats Dustin Poirier by TKO (punches) at 1:46 R1
R1: Kennedy with a right low kick and a push kick to keep Romero at bay. Romero leaps in with a flying knee and Kennedy catches it but can't convert. Snapping right hand lands for Romero. Romero goes hard downstairs with the left and cracks Kennedy in the mouth with an overhand right. Kennedy comes straight forward and Romero ducks his telegraphed overhand right. Romero with an unusual standing hammer-fist to the thigh.
Kennedy again comes forward with a straight-line single shot an Romero easily dodges it. Kennedy nearly catches Romero off-guard with a takedown but Romero scrambles out of trouble. Romero with a well-timed double leg on a Kennedy kick but Kennedy boots him off and stands back up. Retreating right hand scores for Romero. Kennedy's mouth is bloodied up. Another straight-line, one and done flurry from Kennedy is dodged. 10-9 Romero.
R2: Romero uses his speed to steer Kennedy back with quick combos but nothing of note lands. Romero catches a Kennedy kick but can't convert. Kennedy lands a right kick to the body and Romero sprawls on his follow-up takedown. Kennedy barges forward and lands a pawing right hand. Romero bores a short left through. Kennedy closes range and lands two shots with the single collar tie.
Romero heaves Kennedy with an outside trip and fights his way out of a guillotine choke that allows Kennedy to escape. Kennedy drops to a knee momentarily after Romero dings him with a short right. Romero puts Kennedy on the fence but it's Kennedy who connects with a right elbow and a short uppercut. Romero breaks the clinch and steps back with a sharp right. Kennedy digs in and wades forward with a right hook and a right uppercut, and Romero wobbles back, on roller-skates and almost out. 10-9 Kennedy ... yes, that near-finish and final flurry was the most effective offense of the round.
R3: We start the round unusually as Kennedy is ready to go but Romero is still sitting on the stool that his cornermen were kind enough to leave in the cage for him. In another shocking turn of events, Romero gets off the stool and proceeds to light Kennedy up with a step-in left hand and follow-up right that floors him. Romero stays on him and swarms with big punches from top control until Big John McCarthy steps in.
- Yoel Romero defeats Tim Kennedy by TKO (punches) at 0:58 R3
R1: Zingano comes forward with a punch/low kick combo and Nunes changes levels to hit a reactive takedown. Zingano regains full guard after landing in half and swivels her hips for an armbar attempt. Nunes works out of it and maintains top position, though she's yet to throw a punch. Nunes backs off 90 seconds into the round and lands a pair of sharp low kicks to the thighs. Nunes dives down into Zingano's guard behind an anchor-like right hand and unleashes a vicious barrage of punches and elbows, many of which land.
Zingano fights for wrist control amidst the barrage of violence and attempts another armbar as soon as she gets it. Nunes slips her arm out and showers Zingano with more leather. It's sheer domination from Nunes until Zingano, after toughing out a prolonged beating, reverses into top position. Nunes is able to scramble back up to her feet and they lock horns in the center with Zingano tossing Nunes overhead with a lateral drop from the front headlock. Amazing comeback but too much damage earlier in the round from Nunes. 10-9 Nunes.
R2: Zingano goes right back to work and nails an early takedown. Zingano in side mount with Nunes sandwiched against the fence, and she looks to isolate an arm. Nunes fends it off and recomposes full guard. Zingano stands up and throws a few punches to the face, then swings a hard low kick to the prostrate Nunes. Zingano falls back into the guard of Nunes and first looks to pass, then cleaves a nasty downward elbow.
Now a shoulder strike and punches from Zingano. A strong base allows Zingano to keep Nunes in place and land steady ground-and-pound until she sits up for a toe hold with about a minute left. Nunes counters with a leg lock and it causes Zingano to bail on her attempt, but she's still on top. 10-9 Zingano.
R3: Zingano fearlessly pursues the takedown and goes back to the lateral drop from the front headlock, and wastes no time passing to full mount before even a minute expires. Zingano postures up and discharges a series of beefy punches until the referee has seen enough. What a great scrap.
- Cat Zingano defeats Amanda Nunes by TKO (punches) at 1:21 R3