UFC 125 is currently underway at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the main event, Frankie Edgar puts his lightweight title on the line against Gray Maynard.
In the co-main event, Chris Leben takes on Brian Stann in a middleweight match-up.
Nate Diaz faces Dong Hyun Kim in a welterweight bout.
Clay Guida and Takanori Gomi look to take another step up the ladder in the lightweight division.
Brandon Vera and Thiago Silva fight for a much-needed win in the light heavyweight division.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fight a draw (48-46 E, 48-46 M, 47-47)
- Brian Stann defeats Chris Leben via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Thiago Silva defeats Brandon Vera via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Dong Hyun Kim defeats Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Clay Guida defeats Takanori Gomi via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round Two
- Jeremy Stephens defeats Marcus Davis via Knockout in Round Three
- Dustin Poirier defeats Josh Grispi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Brad Tavares defeats Phil Baroni via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Diego Nunes defeats Mike Brown via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Daniel Roberts defeats Greg Soto via Submission (Kimura) in Round One
- Jacob Volkmann defeats Antonio McKee via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap & Thoughts
Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares: Phil Baroni almost picked up a desperately needed win tonight against Brad Tavares, but ultimately fell short. Baroni tagged Tavares hard early in the first that put Tavares in survival mode. Tavares hung on though and turned the tide late in the round. Tavares stunned Baroni with a left head kick, and followed it with a flurry of punches and knees that put Baroni’s lights out. Baroni was still wobbly as Bruce Buffer announced the winner.
Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier: Good thing Josh Grispi didn’t fight Jose Aldo tonight. It would have been ugly if he performed like he did against Dustin Poirier. I don’t know if Grispi took Poirier lightly or what, but Poirier put an absolute beating on Grispi. He picked him apart on the feet and made him pay with knees from the Muay Thai clinch. Grispi tried to pull a rabbit out of his hat on the ground, but came up short. Poirier wins the clear unanimous decision, and Jose Aldo is without a clear title challenger.
Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens: Jeremy Stephens pulled one out of his hat tonight. Marcus Davis was one step ahead of him on the feet through the first 12 minutes of the fight, then BOOM! Stephens caught Davis with a huge right hand to the chin. Davis was out before he hit the mat, but Stephens followed it up with one more diving right hand to make sure. Davis looked good at 155 right up until the knockout blow.
Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida: If Clay Guida’a gameplan was to dance around Takanori Gomi like a wild hooligan and confuse the hell out of him, he definitely succeeded. Due to Guida’s crazy movement, Gomi was never able to find his rhythm and his timing. Guida stayed one step ahead and eventually scored a solid takedown in the second round, though not without eating a big knee for his trouble. It took him a minute but Guida eventually got his arm wrapped around Gomi’s neck and tapped him out with a guillotine choke.
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim: Despite a strong effort in the third round to finish the fight, Nate Diaz came up short against Dong Hyun Kim. Kim controlled Diaz from top position in the first two rounds to earn the 29-28 decision on the judges’ scorecards. Diaz came close to knocking Kim out in the third with a big knee to his head, but Kim had his hand on the mat when it struck, which is technically illegal. It’s dumb rule from the standing position since all the fighter has to do is put his hand down to protect his head from knees from a bad position, but it’s a rule nonetheless and Diaz couldn’t take advantage. The most entertaining part of the fight though was all the English-Korean trash talking Diaz and Kim did throughout the fight. Neither had any idea what the other was saying, but that didn’t stop them from talking smack in different languages.
Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera: It was a close fight on the feet, but unfortunately for Brandon Vera most of the fight took place on the ground where Thiago Silva brutalized him. The real damage came in the third round as Silva got on Vera’s back and literally knocked his nose sideways. Before that, Silva humiliated Vera with open palm slaps to his head and body. Vera seemed in good spirits after the fight, showing off his broken nose to the crowd, but it might be his last fight in the UFC for quite awhile. I’d expect him and Phil Baroni to be at the top of the UFC 125 cut list.
Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann: Brian Stann just destroyed Chris Leben. Stann caught Leben in the first with a right hook to the chin that put Leben on the mat. Leben, the tough s.o.b. that he is, got back up and kept fighting, but Stann put him down again with body shots. Again, Leben survived but only seconds later Stann put him down for good with a huge knee to the head. Stann finished him off with strikes and ended all the momentum Leben built up over the summer. Heck of a performance from Brian Stann.
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard: The rematch was much closer than the first fight and the result showed it. Gray Maynard took the early lead in a thunderous way. He rocked Frankie Edgar with a left hook and spent the rest of the round trying to finish the champ. Maynard threw a staggering 97 punches in the first round, but Edgar showed the heart of a champion and managed to escape the round in one piece. It didn’t look good fro Edgar heading into the second, but Maynard slowed down and let Edgar settle in and establish his rhythm. The fight was very close from there on out. Both fighters put together combos and landed plenty of shots, but rather surprisingly, Edgar was the one scoring all the takedowns. He even picked Maynard up and slammed him at one point. It was definitely a tough fight to call for the judges and it showed in their scoring. Once judge had it 48-46 Edgar, another had it 48-46 Maynard and the third had it 47-47, which resulted in a draw. Both fighters were clearly upset with the scoring, but to be honest, I had it 47-47 as well.
R1: 10-8 Maynard
R2: 10-9 Edgar
R3: 10-9 Maynard
R4: 10-9 Edgar
R5: 10-9 Edgar
Draws suck, but they’re part of the sport even if they’re pretty rare. Biggest loser in the fight has to be Anthony Pettis. He has a freight train of hype and momentum behind him coming off that kick, was supposed to get tonight’s winner and now he’ll presumably have to wait for a third fight between Edgar and Maynard to play out.
Update: Never mind, Dana White decided that Anthony Pettis will still get the next title shot against Frankie Edgar.
Submission of the Night: Clay Guida
Knockout of the Night: Jeremy Stephens
Fight of the Night: Frankie Edgar & Gray Maynard
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $2,174,780
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie