For any of those mixed martial arts fans who complain the UFC has been watering down its recent pay-per-view cards, UFC 178 is an awfully potent response. [url=http://www.officialgreenbaypackerspro.com/Brett-favre-packers-jersey/]Brett Favre Super Bowl Jersey[/url] .The MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas will host several compelling fights Saturday night in a show stacked with prominent names and interesting stories. A touted UFC newcomer, a grudge match, several charismatic stars, an ex-champion on the rebound, a contender returning from tragedy — its all here.Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnsons title defence against Chris Cariaso is the main event, but Johnson (20-2-1) hasnt even been the focus of the promotion.Instead, Vegas and Southern California are festooned with billboards promoting former Bellator star Eddie Alvarezs UFC debut against Donald Cowboy Cerrone, or Irish featherweight sensation Conor McGregors much-hyped meeting with Dustin Poirier.The main card also includes crowd-pleasing middleweights Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero, along with the return of bantamweight Cat Zingano. Even the deep undercard includes big names to mixed martial arts fans, with Dominick Cruz and Patrick Cote both attempting to kick-start their stalled careers.UFC 178 is stacked even after losing its main event last month. Jon Jones injured his knee while training to defend his light heavyweight belt against Daniel Cormier in the promotions most anticipated upcoming fight, which has been postponed to Jan. 3.The MMA world has been waiting years for Alvarez (25-3) to extricate himself from Bellator, watching the protracted legal conflict that played a role in limiting him to just one fight — a sensational bout with Michael Chandler — in the last two years.I feel like the timing couldnt be better, Alvarez said. I feel like the last 10 years was me building the confidence, learning how to be a champion, losing, winning and just experiencing everything. Now I think Im primed and ready to be on a big stage.The entertaining lightweight from Philadelphia finally got his release last month, and the UFC immediately matched him up with Cerrone (24-6), the beer-drinking, waterskiing good-ol-boy from Colorado who seemingly never has a boring fight.Cerrone even said he has never watched Alvarez fight — a claim that would be greeted skeptically from anybody except Cowboy.Im more excited than the fans, Cerrone said. Hes been a top lightweight for years now. Its not like he has to come here to prove himself.McGregor (15-2) has become a big name in just 18 months with the UFC, and the trash-talking, egocentric Irishmans charismatic personality would be a huge help to the UFCs attempts to promote its lower weight classes — as long as he keeps on winning.Just nine weeks after he stopped Diego Brandao in Dublin, McGregor returns for his biggest test yet against Poirier (16-3), another title contender on a three-fight winning streak. The fighters have traded acerbic verbal jabs for two months.I looked him in the eyes and I saw fear, McGregor said of his staredown with Poirier. I saw a broken man. I could look through his soul when I looked into his eyes. ... I see a basic fighter with a weak chin and a weak heart.Hes a jerk, Poirier said of McGregor. Hes full of himself, and Im going to beat him up, plain and simple.UFC 178 is so stacked that Cruz (19-1), once one of the sports biggest lower-weight stars, is featured in the preliminary fights on Fox Sports 1.Cruz won the WEC bantamweight championship in 2010 and carried it over to the UFC after the promotions merged, but hasnt fought since beating Johnson in October 2011, sidelined by serious injuries to his knee and groin.The 29-year-old Cruz missed three years of his prime with injuries, while Zingano is returning to the cage for the first time since she missed a shot at Ronda Rousey for the womens bantamweight title.Zingano earned it by upsetting Miesha Tate in April 2013, but she injured her knee and returned slowly from a difficult stretch that also included her husbands death in January. If Zingano beats Amanda Nunes, UFC President Dana White says shell be the No. 1 contender for Rouseys belt again.Johnson is a heavy favourite against Cariaso in arguably the biggest mismatch at UFC 178, but Johnson isnt taking his fifth title defence for granted.Im going to go out there and get a win and come out healthy, Johnson said. [url=http://www.officialgreenbaypackerspro.com/Reggie-white-packers-jersey/]Reggie White Super Bowl Jersey[/url] . JOHNS, N. [url=http://www.officialgreenbaypackerspro.com/Billy-turner-packers-jersey/]Billy Turner Super Bowl Jersey[/url] . - The Carolina Panthers believe Steve Smith lost "top-end" speed, a big reason the franchise parted ways with its all-time leading receiver. 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The nine wins to start a season matched a franchise record. Nursing a sore right hamstring, Rose was effective in his 30 minutes on the court. He weaved around and penetrated the leagues best defence, which hadnt allowed more than 91 points to any opponent this year. Rose was injured Monday against Cleveland, and did not play in Chicagos 96-80 win Friday at Toronto. "I was just being smart about the situation," he said about not playing Friday. "This is my first time having a hamstring injury. I dont know how it would go if I had played last night. I dont think Id be able to play tonight." The 25-year-old former MVP shook off the rust after a pair of early off-balance misses. He sank a floater in the lane 3 minutes in, followed by a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to ignite a 12-2 first-quarter run for Chicago. "They were giving me shots," Rose said. "Ive got to take those shots. II saw some go in, so I kept shooting. 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George and Lance Stephenson combined to miss all seven of their 3-point attempts, and the team made just 25 per cent. "I understand Im going to have nights like this when shots arent falling," George said. "I just dont want to have many." The Pacers were coming off their most lopsided win of the season, a 104-77 drubbing of Milwaukee. Carlos Boozer and Chris Copeland were ejected with 21 seconds left when a double-technical was called for pushing and shoving. NOTES: Chicago reached triple-digits for the second time this season. . Deng led Chicago in scoring for the fourth time this year. . Pacers forward Danny Granger (strained left calf) was inactive Saturday. He has yet to play in a game this season. ' ' '