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Rundown of post-fight news, notes & quotes coming out of UFC 125…
— 12,688 spectators attended UFC 125 for a live gate totaling $2,174,780.
— Jeremy Stephens took home an extra $60,000 for putting Marcus Davis’ lights out before he hit the mat. Clay Guida was awarded the submission bonus for choking out Takanori Gomi. Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard both went home without a win, but they got a $60,000 consolation prize for fight of the night. It was announced at the post-fight press conference that both fighters would receive their win bonuses as well, but Edgar said he didn’t get his yet.
— Gray Maynard was pretty upset following his draw with Frankie Edgar. He thought the belt was his.
“F–k no, I don’t want a loss. I want the belt. I thought I had it,” said Maynard. “I thought the belt was mine.”
“It could have been stopped easily, I thought. He was all over the place,” said Maynard. “I think it was a left hook. I caught him. It was a clean one. I tried to put him away.”
“I dropped him…how many times? Five? He didn’t land a punch,” said Maynard. “[That round was] at least a 10-8. Maybe even a 10-7.”
“Yeah, I was swinging for the fences [in the first period]. I was trying to knock him out that whole round. That’s a lot of work. That’s like a sprint,” he said. “I felt a little tired, and I had to ease back a bit. Then I got going again in round three. He’s a tough kid, but I thought that was my fight.”
Maynard said he was “hurt” when they announced Anthony Pettis would still get the next title shot at the press conference, but he undoubtedly cheered up once he learned Dana White changed his mind and decided to give him the immediate rematch.
— Frankie Edgar, who strongly felt he won the fight as well, will also be happy to hear an immediate rematch is up next. He told reporters he wants “closure.”
“I probably would (prefer to have a rematch with Maynard),” Edgar said. “To have a little more closure would be nice.”
— Anthony Pettis told Ariel Helwani after the fight that he thought Frankie Edgar won the fight. With the immediate rematch now decided upon, it’s unclear if Pettis will wait another ~8 months for his shot to come around or if he’ll take a fight in the meantime. The fact that he’s the WEC champion will surely complicate matters.
— Following his crushing victory over Chris Leben, Brian Stann respectfully called out Wanderlei Silva.
“This is with the utmost respect,” Stann started. “I’m fighting in the house that guys like Chris Leben built. … I think I’d like to fight Wanderlei (Silva) next. He’s been a guy that I’ve watched for years before I ever put a glove on. He’s amazing. I want him.”
“I’m in this to fight the best,” Stann said. “I don’t want any question marks left behind when my career and my time in this sport is over. So whoever I need to fight to be in the top 10 in the world is who I want to fight next. That’s my No. 1 goal for 2011, is to be a top-10 middleweight in the world and work my toward a title shot.”
— Dong Hyun Kim called out UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre following his over Nate Diaz.
“I can take [St-Pierre] down,” said Kim, whose bout was part of the pay-per-view main card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, through a translator. “I don’t know when I’m going to fight GSP, but a lot of fighters try and stand with him. GSP takes other fighters down and ground and pounds. I want to do that to GSP.”
— Clay Guida was also talking title shots after his submission victory over Takanori Gomi.
“There’s no exact number (of fights before I expect to get a title shot),” Guida said following UFC 125. “Definitely by the end of 2011.”
“I’m going to keep growing and get better at my wrestling, striking, everything,” Guida said. “I just want to get back in the gym and see what the UFC’s got for me next.”
— After Thiago Silva was done slapping Brandon Vera around, he cracked him hard with a left that broke Vera’s nose. It looks like it got smashed with a ball-peen hammer.