Officials have released the bout order for UFC 178 next month, and it features a few surprises.
First the things we’ve known.
Demetrious Johnson will defend his flyweight title against Chris Cariaso in the main event on September 27 from Las Vegas. We also learned recently that Donald Cerrone will now welcome Eddie Alvarez to the Octagon instead of facing Bobby Green.
The rest of the main card features Dustin Poirier-Conor McGregor, Tim Kennedy-Yoel Romero and Cat Zingano-Amanda Nunes.
Dominick Cruz, who was stripped of the bantamweight belt after another injury, will finally return to action for the first time in two years when he faces Takeya Mizugaki. That fight headlines the FOX Sports 1 prelims, which also boast former title contender Patrick Cote facing off against Stephen Thompson.
The entire lineup can be viewed below:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Chris Cariaso
Lightweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez
Featherweight: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Middleweight: Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
Female Bantamweight: Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Lightweight: James Krause vs. Jorge Masvidal
Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson
Welterweight: John Howard vs. Brian Ebersole
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Kevin Lee vs. Jon Tuck
Bantamweight: Manny Gamburyan vs. Cody Gibson