UFC 178: So far so good

On the heels of what may have been one of the most memorable fight cards in UFC, scratch that, MMA history, the biggest fight organization in the world has decided to follow that up by stacking the UFC 178 fight card with big rematches, bigger comebacks and bad blood.

Though UFC 178 is still a couple months away on September 27, it is already turning out to be a card with many intriguing story lines.

It all starts with the main event.

Jones kicking Gustafsson

Jones lands kick on Gustafsson in their first match.

Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson, in what may be the most anticipated rematch in UFC history, headlines the fight card.

Jones squeaked out an extremely close victory over Gustafsson last time these two met inside the cage. After a very tough and somewhat controversial win for Jones, it seems as if both fighters have been on a collision course to meet once again inside the octagon.

And if the idea of a huge rematch doesn’t get your blood going then how about the biggest comeback in UFC history.

After almost a three-year layoff Dominick Cruz is finally going to step foot back inside the octagon to take on top ranked Takeya Mizugaki.

Dominick Cruz

Cruz interviewed after defending his WEC belt.

Dominick Cruz was once considered one of the most talented fighters on the planet. With a record of 19-1 and the bantamweight title around his waist, Cruz was riding a ten-fight win streak and seemed every bit unbeatable as his record indicated.

May 7, 2012, Cruz would tare his ACL in preparation for the rubber match against long time rival Urijah Faber.

Cruz would be shelved for the next two years, forced to give up his belt after a hamstring injury extended his absence from fighting and left to reevaluate whether he should comeback at all.

The time is finally here and the moment of truth will be upon us all. Will Cruz reestablish his dominance in a division he helped build or will he be a shell of his younger self?

UFC 178 has many other intriguing match ups like Cuban Olympic wrestler and silver medalists, Yoel Romero taking on U.S. army and Special Forces veteran Tim Kennedy.

Or how about Cat Zingano, the number one contender in the female division, taking on number eight ranked Amanda Nunes.

But the real icing on the cake is the grudge match between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.

UFC fight night Dublin: The Irish are taking over

Fresh off of a TKO victory in the first round last Saturday in Dublin, Conor McGregor will step back inside the cage at UFC 178 against number six ranked, Dustin Poirier.

Conor McGregor

McGregor flexing after making weight at his UFC debut.

McGregor was set to fight Poirier’s training partner Cole Miller last weekend in Dublin but after a hand injury forced Miller out of the fight he was quickly replaced by Diego Brandao.

McGregor has hinted that Poirier doesn’t really want to fight him, explaining that if he did he would have stepped in and fought for his friend after the hand injury.

Dustin Poirier

Poirier flexing after making weight UFC 168.

Poirier responded by saying that McGregor has fought no one worth mentioning and has talked his way into the lime light.

Both fighters have gone back and forth, forcing UFC president Dana White to give them what they want, a chance to dance on September 27, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, at UFC 178.

From title fights, to courageous comebacks, from number one contender fights to bad blood, UFC 178 is turning out to be a night to remember. Mark it down in your calendar, tell siri to write it in your notebook and don’t be the one fight fan that misses out on what may be the best fight card of the year. I know I wont.

 

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