'Countdown to' UFC 178 videos released

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UFC 178 takes place this Saturday and that brings with it the latest set of the UFC's 'Countdown To' videos that look at the three biggest fights on the card.

Although the card has lost the hotly anticipated clash between UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, it does have a scintillating undercard to make up for rather predictable main event.

With that said - let's take a look at the videos:

Demetrious Johnson versus Chris Cariaso

The main event of the evening is perhaps the fight that has the least hype going in as dominant Flyweight champion, Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson faces off against Chris Cariaso - who is ranked just #8 by the UFC.

As a main event it is one of the weakest of the year, especially when it's considered that it replaces the showdown between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

Cariaso has near enough no reason to be within title contendership. The only logical reason he is, is that it's too soon to start the rematches for Johnson - who has cleaned out his division in impressive fashion.

Eddie Alvarez versus Donald Cerrone

Eddie Alvarez will make his UFC debut against tough  opposition, as he finally faces off against the 'Cowboy' Donald Cerrone.

This is a match-up that took an entire summer and a change of presidency at Bellator to make happen and it promises to be a thriller as Alvarez looks to establish himself as one of the best lightweights in the world.

On the other hand, this is Cerrone's fourth fight of the year and he's been on a warpath this year, finishing every fight.

Alvarez has finishing power himself - with 21 of his 25 wins ending in a KO or submission so this one is sure to be the lightweight equivalent of Mark Hunt versus Roy Nelson.

Big hits bring big rewards and that's what to expect from this fight.

Conor McGregor versus Dustin Poirier

If Alvarez-Cerrone is bringing the big hits, this fight is bringing the big animosity and as Dana White likes to say 'these two guys just don't like each other'.

The smack talk between McGregor and Poirier has been going on for months, if not a year or so now and we're finally getting to see them fight.

McGregor is an up-and-coming Irish fighter with a hype train that's been rolling on even through long-term injuries.

Poirier is the brick wall to that hype train, or at least he and his fans think so.

The fight has divided fans on so many levels. Does McGregor need to be put in his place? Or is he the real deal? Is Poirier as much as push over and some are saying?

It's safe to say that the UFC are likely rooting for McGregor over Poirier and that's just because of all the marketing potential that McGregor brings. The man oozes charisma and you can see why the UFC aren't hotshotting him to a title shot.

For both men, this defines their careers thus far and will go a long to seeing how the next few years of their career are going to pan out.

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