UFC 125 Review by gusryan100

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									UFC 125 “Resolution” Review
The UFC returned to the fight capital for UFC 125 in Las Vegas in what proved to be another action packed card. Fans
and two fighters left feeling there was some unfinished business after the main event lightweight title bout was
scored a draw. An action packed 5 rounder again cast doubt over some Athletic Commission judges’ ability to score
MMA fights.

Gray “the Bully” Maynard put a massive beating on Frankie “the Answer” Edgar in the first round, flooring him with
punches twice and unleashing vicious ground and pound that some referees may have waved off. Maynard threw 97
strikes in the opening 5 minutes. To put this in context Rampage Jackson threw 91 on the way to a 3 round decision
over Lyoto Machida at UFC 123. It was at least a 10-8 round for Maynard but could have been a 10-7 as the fighter
himself expressed in the post-fight press conference.

Edgar might have agreed with such one sided scoring, if he could remember the round. Between the 3rd and 4th
rounds he could be clearly heard asking his corner-men “what round was it?” In the post-fight presser when asked
what he recalled of the 1st round he admitted “not much dude”. So why wasn’t the fight stopped? Edgar never
stopped moving, striking back and never dropped his hands despite Maynard’s’ all-out assault. Thankfully referee
Yves Lavigne recognised the intelligent defence Edgar was putting up and allowed the fight to continue.

Edgar showed his mettle fighting back clearly winning the 2nd and 4th rounds. Maynard probably shaved the 3rd
leaving the 5th round, in theory, the decider. Not so as all 3 judges returned different verdicts – one in favour of each
fighter and one draw.

What can be said definitively is Frankie Edgar is a legit champion. He’s fought 15 furious rounds winning and
defending the belt. The last 4 rounds against Maynard really showing his will as a champion particularly his highlight
reel slam of Maynard in the 2nd round.

The fallout has still to be finalised. The WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was promised a crack at the
winner to unify the belts. He may now have to wait for a rematch between Edgar and Maynard.

With the announcement over the weekend that Chuck Liddell was retiring, we may also have seen “the Irish Hand
Grenade” Marcus Davis for the last time in the octagon as he was KO’d in the 3rd by “the Little Heathen” Jeremy
Stephens. Two rounds up Davis seemed to tire as Stephens poured on the pressure.

Other notable performances included Clay Guida utilising the most bizarre ring movement to beat Takanori Gomi
with a guillotine in the 2nd. Korean welterweight Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim translated his judo grappling skills into a
smothering top game to defeat Nate Diaz by decision. He may have been a little premature in calling out GSP for a
title shot. Brad Tavares had a come from behind KO victory over “the New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni decisively in the
1st. “All American” Brian Stann was extremely impressive in demolishing teak tough Chris Leben in the first round.

Thiago Silva had too much power for the perennial nearly man Brandon “the Truth” Vera. Each round opened with
Vera landing chopping leg kicks only to then get man-handled by Silva in clinches against the fence. By the 3rd round
Silva was reduced to bitch slapping Vera in frustration as Vera had stalled and turtled underneath Silva for large parts
of the fight. Vera made light of the disfigured broken nose he was left with after Silva took a unanimous decision on
the judges’ scorecards.

Results

   Jacob Volkmann defeated Antonio McKee via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
   Daniel Roberts defeated Greg Soto via submission (kimura) at 3:45 of round 1.
   Diego Nunes defeated Mike Brown via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
   Brad Tavares defeated Phil Baroni via KO (strikes) at 4:20 of round 1.
   Dustin Poirier defeated Josh Grispi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
   Jeremy Stephens defeated Marcus Davis via KO (punch) at 2:33 of round 3.
   Clay Guida defeated Takanori Gomi via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:27 of round 2.
   Dong Hyun Kim defeated Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
   Thiago Silva defeated Brandon Vera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27).
   Brian Stann defeated Chris Leben via TKO (strikes) 3:37 of round 1.
   Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fought to a draw (48-46, 46-48, 47-47).

Bonus Awards

Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses

   Fight of the Night: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
   Knockout of the Night: Jeremy Stephens
   Submission of the Night: Clay Guida

Fergus Ryan, January 2011

								
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