UFC 178: Johnson vs Cariaso Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Scott Johnson

UFC 178 is arguably one of the most anticipated MMA events in recent memory. Even with the loss of the Jon Jones versus Daniel Cormier Light Heavyweight title fight, this card is still action packed with great fights from top to bottom.

Headlining the event will be one of the pound for pound best fighters on the planet, as UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson puts his title on the line once again, this time against challenger Chris’ Kamikaze’ Cariaso. Johnson already holds wins over many of the top ranked fighters in his division, but still has many challenges to overcome.

A former Bantamweight, Cariaso has worked his way up the ranks and despite some early setbacks after making the drop to 125 pounds, he has strung a trio of wins together and was subsequently granted a title shot. Many were surprised that Cariaso was given the title opportunity, but they should look no further then the reason change atop the Bantamweight division to see just how unpredictable MMA can be.

Can Chris Cariaso pull off the biggest upset of the year, or will Mighty Mouse continue his run as the only champion in the history of the UFC’s Flyweight division?

The hits keep coming- in the co-main event Donald Cerrone looks to further improve his title shot aspirations when he welcomes the Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez to the Octagon. Alvarez finally secured his release from the #2 North America MMA association and is intent on proving his worth against the best fighters in the world. A former WEC title challenger, Cerrone has yet to secure his shot at UFC gold despite his recent success. The winner of this bout will join a growing list of top contenders who will no doubt be very interested in the upcoming tilt between Lightweight champ Anthony Pettis and former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.

Fans will also be treated to the arrival of Conor McGregor as he battles fellow top 10 ranked Dustin Poirier. McGregor popularity and positioning within the division has climbed significantly each time he enters the cage and he sees nothing different coming out of UFC 178. For Poirier, he has seen this all before and on multiple occasions has dispatched would-be top contenders ending their hopes for a shot at the gold. Will the Irish MMA Superstar continue his momentum or will Poirier bring him a hard reality check?

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185lbs- #11 Vitor Belfort (25-13-0) vs Nate Marquardt (38-16-3)

  • Vitor Belfort -152 (64%, 18 Votes)
  • Nate Marquardt +147 (36%, 10 Votes)

Total Votes: 28

115lbs- #1 Claudia Gadelha (13-2-0) vs #2 K. Kowalkiewicz (10-1-0)

  • Claudia Gadelha -321 (72%, 26 Votes)
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz +295 (28%, 10 Votes)

Total Votes: 36

 

185lbs- Paulo Borrachinha (9-0-0) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2-0)

  • Paulo Borrachinha -269 (86%, 19 Votes)
  • Oluwale Bamgbose +241 (14%, 3 Votes)

Total Votes: 22

170lbs- Erick Silva (19-7-0 1NC) vs Yancy Medeiros (13-4-0 1NC)

  • Erick Silva +128 (54%, 14 Votes)
  • Yancy Medeiros -135 (46%, 12 Votes)

Total Votes: 26

 

135lbs- #3 Raphael Assuncao (24-5-0) vs Marlon Moraes (18-4-1)

  • Marlon Moraes -152 (57%, 21 Votes)
  • Raphael Assuncao +145 (43%, 16 Votes)

Total Votes: 37

170lbs- Luan Chagas (14-1-1) vs Jim Wallhead (29-10-0)

  • Luan Chagas -249 (74%, 14 Votes)
  • Jim Wallhead +221 (26%, 5 Votes)

Total Votes: 19

 

MAIN CARD
125lbs- Demetrious Johnson (C) vs #8 Chris Cariaso
155lbs- #5 Donald Cerrone vs #14 Eddie Alvarez
145lbs- #5 Dustin Poirier vs #9 Conor McGregor
185lbs- #6 Tim Kennedy vs #10 Yoel Romero
135lbs- #1 Cat Zingano vs #8 Amanda Nunes
PRELIMINARY CARD
135lbs- #12 Dominick Cruz vs #6 Takeya Mizugaki
1555lbs- #13 Jorge Masvidal vs James Krause
170lbs- Patrick Cote vs Stephen Thompson
170lbs- John Howard vs Brian Ebersole
155lbs- Jon Tuck vs Kevin Lee
135lbs- Manny Gamburyan vs Cody Gibson

 

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