UFC 178: Takeya Mizugaki Welcomes Dominick Cruz back to the Cage

On Saturday, September 27th, the UFC returns to Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 178.  The fight on top of the preliminary card is a battle between #5 Ranked Takeya Mizugaki and former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz.  The preliminary card starts at 4pm EDT on UFC Fight Pass or learn how you can watch here.

Dominick is making his return to the cage after an almost 3 year layoff due to multiple injuries and surgeries.  Cruz last fought the now UFC Flyweight Champ, Demetrious Johnson, on October 1st of 2011, winning a unanimous decision.  He will make his return to the octagon against a fellow top ten ranked fighter Takeya Mizugaki.  The Japanese fighter has been with Zuffa owned promotions since 2009 when he fought Miguel Torres for the WEC Bantamweight Championship and took the champion all five rounds.  Takeya would go on to alternate wins in his next 8 fights before starting a five fight win streak against Jeff Hougland.  Takeya would go on to beat Bryan Caraway, Erik Perez, Nam Phan and Francisco Rivera all by unanimous decision.  Takeya will be the heavy underdog coming into this fight against the returning Dominick Cruz.



Also on the card, Filipino-American Chris Cariaso will try to knock off the UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson.  Chris is 17-5 in his career and coming off three straight wins.  Demetrious is 2o-2-1 in his MMA career and has won six straight fights.  Might Mouse will be looking for his fifth title defense.

Former DREAM Lightweight and Bellator LW Champion Eddie Alvarez will look to stop Donald Cerrone’s 4 fight winning streak.  Conor McGregor looks to keep on winning in the UFC against top ten featherweight, Dustin Poirier.  Guam’s Jon Tuck returns against Michigan’s Kevin Lee.



UFC 178

Demetrious Johnson vs Chris Cariaso
Eddie Alvarez vs Donald Cerrone
Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier
Tim Kennedy vs Yoel Romero
Amanda Nunes vs Cat Zingano
Dominick Cruz vs Takeya Mizugaki
Jorge Masvidal vs James Krause
Patrick Cote vs Stephen Thompson
Brian Ebersole vs John Howard
Kevin Lee vs Jon Tuck
Cody Gibson vs Manny Gamburyan




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  1. Dominick Cruz Finishes Takeya Mizugaki in the First Round | FSA - FightSport Asia - September 28, 2014

    […] Dominick Cruz made a successful return to the Octagon at UFC 178 with a first round stoppage of Takeya Mizugaki.  Cruz was able to stunt Mizugaki’s five fight winning streak with a beautifully times takedown and brutal ground and pound.  You can watch the highlights of the finish below: […]

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