There were a number of good fight cards this month which also included the launch of The Ultimate Fighter season 20. With that here we go:
10) The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America – Marlon Vera vs. Enrique Briones
At this point Team Mexico won all four bouts. Team Latin America was in desperate need of a win. Thus came Marlon Vera, a man on a mission against Enrique Briones both of whom were determined to win to provide for their respective families. The first round went for Briones, however an up kick from Vera knocked Briones out. Vera became the only bantamweight from Team Latin America to move on.
9) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned – Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis
Dana White claimed this is probably one of the best seasons of The Ultimate Fighter in years. In the third match of the season Jessica Penne faced Lisa Ellis for a rematch. It had been a while since Ellis had stepped into a cage due to her pregnancy. Because of this Ellis didn’t have the killer instinct she did when Penne dominated her. White speculated that Ellis gave Penne the choke that ended the match.
8) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned – Joanne Calderwood vs. Emily Kagan
There had been some speculation as to whether Scottish beauty Joanne Calderwood, deserved her number two seed. Emily Kagan believed that Calderwood would make a good stepping stone and had been looking to fight her. The actual match itself was very close and coach Gilbert Melendez believed that the fight should have gone to a third round. One judge agreed with him but the other two scored it for Calderwood. With that the quiet Team Pettis member moved on and kept the winning streak alive.
7) UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso – Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Conor McGregor is without a doubt one of the best smack talkers in MMA today. It also helps though when one such smack talker comes into the UFC on an eight fight winning streak and then wins three fights in the UFC. Such was the case going into UFC 178 against fellow featherweight contender Dustin Poirier. McGregor was then able to back up his smack talk by dismantling Poirier on the feet. The win was so impressive that Dana White has said that McGregor is on the fast track for title shot against UFC Champion Jose Aldo.
6) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned – Randa Markos vs. Tecia Torres – Upset of the Month
This match makes upset of the month because of the on paper odds more then anything else. Going into this season, Tecia Torres was undefeated and the matchmakers ranked her as the third seed of the tournament. Likewise, Randa Markos was ranked as the 14th seed even though her record was similar to Torres. Because of the similar records, the match was closer then people think. However, Torres lost in a close match with Markos and led to Team Pettis going on a four fight win streak thus far in the competition.
5) UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso – Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes – Comeback of the Month (tied)
There were several good fights on the UFC pay per view of the month and match kicked off the pay per view part of the card. Cat Zingano had been out of competition for around eighteen months. In order to prove that she was still the number one contender, Zingano had to face up and coming Amanda Nunes. At first it seemed like Nunes would pull the win as she dominated Zingano in the first round. However, the next two rounds proved differently when Zingano came from behind and controlled then finished Nunes for the victory.
4) UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso – Yoel Romero vs. Tim Kennedy – Comeback of the Month (tied)
Yoel Romero had a lot of momentum going into his fight with Tim Kennedy at UFC 178. However, he took a severe beating from Kennedy in this match, particularly in the second round. There was then some controversy when Romero’s corner took their time getting him out of the corner and some confusion with taking his stool out. Controversial as it was, Romero was able to rally in the third round and defeated Kennedy in the third round. Romero was booed but didn’t hesitate to thank God as he usually does.
3) UFC 178: Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso – Submission of the Month
It was the main event of UFC 178 and it featured the man who is arguably one of the best in the world today. Demetrious Johnson always brings it in his fights and went into this one looking to keep up his reign as the UFC Flyweight Champion alive. Clear underdog Chris Cariaso on the other hand was looking to pull an upset and using TJ Dillashaw as an example. However, it was obvious in the two rounds the fight lasted that Cariaso was outmatched. Johnson controlled Cariaso in the first then submitted him in the second for the victory.
2) UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso – Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki – Knockout of the Month
The last time Dominick Cruz fought, there was no such thing as the UFC flyweight division and current champion Demetrious Johnson challenged Cruz for the bantamweight title. Going into UFC 178 it had been almost three years since Cruz had fought mainly due to various injuries. Because of said injuries and the time away many wondered if ring rust would be a factor when Cruz faced Takeya Mizugaki. Cruz proved the critics wrong when he finished Mizugaki in the first round while making it look easy. With the victory, Cruz clearly propelled himself back into talks of fighting for the title he technically never lost.
1) UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso – Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez – Fight of the Month
This was without a doubt one of the most anticipated UFC debuts this year. Eddie Alvarez had been poised to sign with the UFC in 2012 when Bellator decided to “match” the UFC contract and resign Alvarez. A long legal battle ensured with Alvarez returning to the promotion last year and winning the lightweight belt. However, he was released by new Bellator president Scott Coker earlier this year and signed with the UFC to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 178. While he started strong in round one, Cerrone came back to spoil Alvarez’s debut.