The first man to hold the UFC flyweight title, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, will defend his championship for the sixth time in two years when he faces surging contender Chris Cariaso in the main event at UFC 178 in Las Vegas, which can be seen live on pay-per-view television Saturday night.
Johnson (20-2-1) is coming off a five-round unanimous decision win over Ali Bagautinov at UFC 174 on June 14 and owns a seven-fight undefeated streak. Cariaso (17-5-0) has won three straight UFC fights, including a split-decision win over Louis Smolka back in May. In the co-main event, top contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (24-6-0) takes on international lightweight star Eddie Alvarez (25-3-0), who is making his UFC debut.
Also, Dustin Poirier (16-3-0) will face Irish superstar Conor McGregor (15-2-0) in a featherweight contest.
The pay-per-view main event from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas begins at 10 p.m. Here, in a 30-mile radius, are authorized Akron-area locations broadcasting the pay-per-view championship. For an updated list of locations, go to http://www.joehandpromotions.com/locations.asp.To read more or comment...
Deputy Features Editor Yuvonne Bruce Webb talks about the revamped Enjoy section, which debuts tomorrow. Enjoy will feature new lists highlighting the best family-friendly and free events in the community. Readers can also now submit photos to be featured in the selfie of the week. Find the section every Thursday in the Beacon Journal or online at ohio.com/entertainment.
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Noon — College: Kent State at Ohio State (WEWS Ch. 5; WHLO 640-AM).
Noon — College: Pitt at Florida International (FS1).
Noon — College: East Carolina at Virginia Tech (ESPN).
Noon — College: Boise State at Connecticut (ESPN2).
Noon — College: Indiana at Bowling Green (ESPNU).
Noon — College: Syracuse at Central Michigan (ESPNEWS).
Noon — College: UCF at Missouri (SEC).
Noon — College: Ohio at Marshall (CBSSN).
Noon — College: West Virginia at Maryland (BTN).
Noon — College: Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech (STO).
Noon — College: UMass at Vanderbilt (FSN).
12:30 p.m. — College: Louisville at Virginia (WUAB Ch. 43).
2 p.m. — College: Michigan Tech at Malone (ESPN 990-AM).
3:30 p.m. — College: Georgia at South Carolina (WOIO Ch. 19).
3:30 p.m. — College: Arkansas State at Miami (FL) (ESPNU).
3:30 p.m. — College: North Carolina State at South Florida (CBSSN).
3:30 p.m. — College: Arkansas at Texas Tech (WEWS Ch. 5).
3:30 p.m. — College: Iowa State at Iowa (ESPN)
3:30 p.m. — College: Miami at Michigan (BTN)
4 p.m. — College: Louisiana-Lafayette at Mississippi (SEC).
4 p.m. — College: Mississippi State at South Alabama (ESPNEWS).
4 p.m. — College: Minnesota at TCU (FS1).
4 p.m. — College: Illinois at Washington (WJW Ch. 8).
4 p.m. — High school: St. Thomas Auqinas at Don Bosco (FSN).
6 p.m. — College: Southern Mississippi at Alabama (ESPN2).
7 p.m. — College: Louisiana-Monroe at LSU (ESPNU).
7 p.m. — College: UTSA at Oklahoma State (FSN).
7 p.m. — College: Wake Forest at Utah State (CBSSN).
7:30 p.m. — College: Purdue vs. Notre Dame WKYC Ch. 3).
7:30 p.m. — College: Kentucky at Florida (SEC).
8 p.m. — College: Tennessee at Oklahoma (WEWS Ch. 5).
8 p.m. — College: USC at Boston College (ESPN).
8 p.m. — College: UCLA vs. Texas (WJW Ch. 8).
8 p.m. — College: Penn State at Rutgers (BTN).
8 p.m. — College: Navy at Texas State (ESPNEWS).
9 p.m. — College: Rice at Texas A&M (ESPN2).
10 p.m. — College: Arizona State at Colorado (ESPNU).
10:30 p.m. — College: Nebraska at Fresno State (CBSSN).