Monday, January 3, 2011


Pretty good card with lots of great finishes and an excellent main event (though it ended rather oddly):


1. Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard for the Lightweight Championship - 
Draw (48-46, 46-48, 47-47)

2. Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann - 
Stann defeated Leben via TKO (strikes) 3:37 of round 1
Stann came out of nowhere and knocked the heck out of The Crippler! Man, he carries some real awesome power in those fists!

3. Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva - 
Silva defeated Vera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Silva absolutely dominated Vera on the ground. Silva would take Vera down near the beginning of every round, and Vera would just lay there and take punishment, totally unable to get back to his feet. It was a very decisive victory for Silva, and a very poor showing by Vera.

4.  Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim - 
Kim defeated Diaz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Similar to the Vera / Silva fight, Kim dominated his opponent on the ground in every round. Diaz was no slouch, though, he kept active as much as he could the entire time, but was just too outclassed. I also found it funny how, in the post-fight interview, Kim would also try to shoehorn "Stun gun" (his fight name) into every sentence (eg: when asked about his game plan, Kim said something to the extent of being unable to finish because he couldn't charge his stun gun that night).

5. Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi - 
Guida defeated Gomi via submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:27 of round 2
The wild man is back! Seriously, Guida showcased the oddest and most active head movement and footwork in any MMA fight ever. He looked like he was dancing to rock music and headbanging at the same time. Whatever he was doing, it worked. It shook up Gomi's timing the entire fight, such that he couldn't throw almost any of attacks properly. To top it off, Guida even manages to submit the former PRIDE champ! Awesome performance by The Carpenter!

Clay Guida kept landing head kicks to Takanori Gomi


1. Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens - 
Stephens defeats Davis via KO (punch) at 2:33 of round 3
With much of the fight looking to be fairly even, Stephens manages a very impressive KO near the end. Very exciting finish, but it really can't mean good things for the Irish Hand Grenade's UFC career.

2. Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier - 
Poirier defeated Grispi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Grispi was supposed to fight Featherweight champ Jose Aldo but couldn't because of an injury sustained by the champ. Grispi didn't want to back out of the card, though, so he was matched up with Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier instead. I have to agree with Joe Rogan in that maybe it was a good thing that Grispi didn't get to fight for the belt. Poirier dominated the fight in almost every aspect, so if Grispi had fought the champ, he would have been murdered. There goes his top contender spot.

3. Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares - 
Tavares defeated Baroni via TKO (strikes) at 4:20 of round 1. 
I was really rooting for Baroni here, and was excited to see him getting off to a good start at the start, but, man, Tavares pulled off another great knockout for this event! Baroni's expecting to be cut, which is fairly realistic considering how strict the UFC is these days, and it's a bit saddening for me as a fan, but that's just the way it goes, I guess.

Dong Hyun Kim dominated Nate Diaz on the ground


1. Daniel Roberts vs. Greg Soto - 
Roberts defeated Soto via submission (kimura) at 3:45 of round 1.

2. Mike Brown vs. Diego Nunes - 
Nunes defeated Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

3. Jacob Volkmann vs. Antonio McKee - 
Volkmann defeated McKee via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Brandon Vera was literally helpless against Thiago Silva on the ground


These fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses:

1. Fight of the Night - Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard

2. Knockout of the Night - Jeremy Stephens

3. Submission of the Night - Clay Guida

Brian Stann knocks out Chris Leben

Check out more amazing photos of UFC 125 from the official UFC website!

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