Demetrious Johnson dominates, submits Chris Cariaso in UFC 178 main event
Demetrious Johnson proved once again that he’s one of the top fighters in the sport as he dominated and then submitted Chris Cariaso at UFC 178 on Saturday for his fifth consecutive title defense as UFC flyweight champion.
Johnson entered the fight as an overwhelming favorite, but didn’t disappoint dispatching of Cariaso with relative ease as most expected him to do.
The action in the fight moved at a rather slow pace outside of a takedown from Johnson early, but in the final seconds business picked up in a hurry. Johnson clipped Cariaso with a quick right hand and followed with a knee straight up the middle that slammed into the challenger’s chin.
Johnson started to follow up with a combination to try and finish the fight, but the round came to a close before he could do any more damage.
The second round didn’t go any better for Cariaso after a slip put him on the mat and the champion pounced on the opportunity to go to the ground.
Johnson quickly advanced his position, moving to side control where he looked to lock on an armbar although Cariaso resisted if only for a moment. Johnson finally adjusted while stepping over Cariaso’s head and applied a kimura putting tremendous pressure on his opponent’s shoulder.
Cariaso winced in pain and had no choice but to tap out or risk a significant injury to his arm.
The stoppage came at 2:29 of the second round marking Johnson’s seventh win in a row overall and his fifth consecutive title defense since claiming the flyweight title in 2012.
"It’s just hard work paying off," Johnson said after the win.
Following the fight, Johnson didn’t want to name any potential opponent who might be next but after a very busy 2014 it’s likely the champion will now take a much deserved break before returning next year.