We’ve talked a lot about this New Year’s Day card on the site. Just search for UFC 125 if you want to take a look at what we’ve written and if you want to check out the podcast we did earlier in the week.
I would imagine the show isn’t going to do a good buyrate because of the lack of star power in the main event, but it doesn’t mean it won’t be a good show.
Clay Guida and Takanori Gomi open up the show.
1. Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida
First round was hard to watch. Guida’s style is definitely annoying Gomi who can’t seem to get unleashed. Guida landed the best shot of the round and also got a take down late in the round.
This has to be frustrating for Gomi. Guida’s in and out and hopping around like crazy man and landing a shot here and there. Gomi can’t really catch him. Guida grabbed onto a guillotine and Gomi tapped out.
Winner: Clay Guida by way of 2nd round submission
2. Dong Hyun Kim vs. Nate Diaz
Good ground battle for most of the round. Kim is using his size advantage to power through most of what Diaz is trying to do, but Diaz was very busy from the bottom.
Kim is taking Diaz down at will. Once Kim gets on top, Diaz can’t really move him. Diaz reversed him and tried to get his back, but Kim pushed him over the top and they ended the round on their fight. Diaz may have to finish him to win the fight.
Diaz had him in a front face lock and Kim had a hand on the ground. Diaz threw a knee from that position that Kim went down. The replay showed that Kim’s hand came off the ground right as Diaz threw the knee so it’s questionable whether or not it was illegal. But Kim still had a few minutes to shake the cobwebs. Diaz really dominated that round. He landed shots and a kick while they were up against the cage.
Winner: Dong Hyun Kim
The scores were 29-28 for Kim on every judge’s card.
3. Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera
They started the fight on their feet swinging away, but it went to the ground immediately. Silva was on top and Vera was trying to fight off his back the entire round. Silva is quicker and stronger it seems, which kind of surprises me.
They started out throwing kicks and hard punches again, but quickly it went back to the ground and Vera can’t hang there. Vera isn’t doing much from the bottom and is just waiting for the round to end.
Vera has put on one of his worst performances ever. Silva was mocking him all round. He was behind him and just slapping him. He played the drums on his back and then Vera finally threw an elbow. I think Silva may have broken him here.
Winner: Thiago Silva by way of unanimous decision
Vera’s nose was broken in nasty fashion.
4. Brian Stann vs. Chris Leben
Brian Stann had to knock Chris Leben out three times to put him out for good. The first time was on a big hand on the chin. Leben got up from it and then went to his butt from punches and got back up again. Stann finally put him out for good with a knee to the chin and then he followed up with punches.
Winner: Brian Stann by way of 1st round TKO
5. Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar
Gray Maynard just took five years off Frankie Edgar’s life. He obliterated him for the entire round. If there was a 10-7 round, this was it. He knocked Edgar down with a left hook and then a right uppercut put him back down. Edgar was wobbly the entire round and at every point, it seemed like he was going down again. It’s insane that Maynard didn’t finish him.
Edgar finally got a good shot that turned Maynard’s head. He then ducked and got a huge takedown on Maynard. He’s starting to land his right hand. What a comeback round by Frankie Edgar.
It was a very close round that Maynard may have clinched with two take downs in the last 45 seconds. Edgar was scoring with some slick boxing, but Maynard looks to be timing him a little better. Edgar tried a guillotine at the end of the round.
Edgar was back on top in this round. He scored two take downs early in the round and was quicker with his punches. He’s beating Maynard to the punch. The third round was key.
I think Edgar took the fifth round too. What a fantastic performance by Frankie Edgar. This fight was better than any fight in 2010. What a way to start the year. Knowing that judges will never give out a 10-7, I have Maynard winning the first round 10-8 and winning the third round. I have Edgar winning the other three. So I’d have a draw.
The judges scored it 48-46 Maynard, 48-46 Edgar, and 47-47.
The last two fights made this show. Tremendous action in the main event. Awe-inspiring.