If you missed UFC® 178’s events you probably have no idea where that quote is from. It’s taken from a victorious Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. It seemed to be the theme of the night and a fitting tagline for this weekend’s fights.
Whether or not you went as a UFC VIP, the main event had the same effect on everyone. In one word: “WOW”. In several more, it was just as many had predicted: a night full of potential main event fights, jam packed into, arguably, the best PPV event of 2014. Read on to see who walked away with wins, and what the UFC VIP Experience guests got access to!
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For at least two fighters, it was a long-awaited return to the Octagon™. Both Cat Zingano and Dominick Cruz were sidelined, 18 months and three and a half years respectively. Both were tied to their division title in some way, Zingano in line for a title shot, and Cruz the former bantamweight champ.
So in their return, what did they do? They won. Definitively.
Cruz closed out the FS1 prelims by finishing #5 ranked Takeya Mizugaki in just a few seconds. While Zingano opened the main card and found her stride by the second round, dispensing with opponent Amanda Nunes via TKO early in the third.
Both fighters made it clear that they’re ready to pick up exactly where they left off, with Cruz earning a POTN bonus along the way.
So what’s next for them? Title shots? Another match to make sure they’re really back? Share who you think they should fight next and why in the comments below!
Middleweights Take the Octagon™
Next on the card was Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero. Many felt like this was set to be a slugfest, and by the end of the match, both men looked as though they’d been through a war.
The match ended with some controversy as Romero barely escaped to his corner after being on the receiving end of a Kennedy onslaught. After making it to his corner, Romero required a great deal of extra time to get off his stool and back into the fight. Kennedy looked visibly upset, but it was short lived as Romero got back into the match and was able to secure the KO victory over Kennedy.
For their efforts the fighters earned the FOTN bonus.
Did you watch the match? Do you think Kennedy won at the end of the second? Is Romero the real deal? Rematch? Let us know what you think!
The Fighting Irish
Irish MMA fans were out in full effect at UFC® 178 and they had good reason. From the other side of the pond, Conor “Notorious” McGregor had come into his match against Dustin “Diamond” Poirier as the most confident man in the world.
McGregor was all talk leading up to the fight, but took all of one minutes and 46 seconds to back it up. After his victory he even pushed the issue by calling out featherweight champ Jose Aldo. For his dominant win McGregor earned a POTN bonus, his third in just four fights.
Is a title shot next for Notorious? How will Poirier rebound from this loss?
Welcome to the Jungle
The co-main event featured Donald Cerrone and UFC-newcomer/former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez.
In the second battle of the night, Cowboy held on to win the UD victory and spoil Alvarez’s debut party. Both men withstood each other’s offense to take it to the cards. Alvarez also proved that he definitely belonged in the division with Cerrone proving once again why he’s among the top five in the lightweight division.
Who will each fighter face next? Did you agree with the scoring?
The challenger Chris Cariaso came in as a huge underdog, with many hoping for a miraculous TJ Dillashaw-esque win. The champ wasn’t having any part of it.
Demetrious “Might Mouse” Johnson locked in a kimura in the second round to tack yet another victory to his now seven match winning streak.
As one of the most dominant champions in the UFC, who do you believe would prove to be a true challenge for Johnson?
The UFC 178 VIP Experience
UFC VIP Experience guests were, once again, treated to the ultimate UFC® experience.
Starting on Friday guests were ushered into their reserved seats to settle in for the UFC® 178 weigh-in. With sparks flying between Poirier and McGregor, it set the mood for the next day’s event. After spending the rest of Friday taking in the city it was back to the MGM Grand for a day full of fights and VIP access.
On Saturday guests filed through their exclusive check-in several hours before general admission fans as they had somewhere important to be: UFC VIP Hospitality Party Room!
For some, there was a stop on the way to the party as they opted for the once in a lifetime Sound Check and Rehearsal. Just a few rows away from the Octagon™, guests saw how the machine behind the UFC works.
For others, it was an event more surreal experience, as it was shoes off and into the Octagon™ they went with the actual UFC® championship belt for a photo opp. After testing the ‘bounciness” and getting their fill of pics, they joined the rest of the UFC VIP guests inside their exclusive hospitality party room.
With the prelim fights playing via simulcast coverage all around the room, guest took advantage of the gourmet food buffets and open bar. For those who wanted to see the fights from their seat it was a short walk to and from their seats. With many returning for drink refills, more food and…
Fighter and Octagon™ girl meet and greets. Guests were treated to appearances by Anthony Pettis, Vanessa Hanson, Bruce Buffer and more!
After indulging in all the interactive entertainment elements, and enjoying the dessert buffets, guests made their final trip into the arena as they settled in for the main card events.
In addition to receiving souvenir UFC® 178 programs, autographs, pictures, Official Gift Bags and more, UFC VIP guests received a bucket list UFC VIP Experience.
Can you picture yourself here? Hanging with some of the biggest names in the UFC®, being treated as a UFC VIP? Well make that picture a reality, check out the calendar of events and select the UFC® event that you’d like to attend as a UFC VIP!