100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Brian Stann - 94.4
2. Frankie Edgar - 94.0
3. Brad Tavares - 93.2
4. Gray Maynard - 93.2
5. Thiago Silva - 93.2
6. Clay Guida - 93.1
7. Daniel Roberts - 92.8
8. Dustin Poirier - 91.8
9. Diego Nunes - 91.2
10. Phil Baroni - 91.1
UFC 125: Resolution
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
Fighters & Matches 90.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.8
TOTAL 91.8
     This fight was kind of a pointless undercard fight. Volkmann locked on a rear-naked choke at some point in the second round, and McKee showed some decent striking in the third round, but overall, this fight didn't really do much to win either fighter any fans. I gave the fight to Volkmann, and so did two of the judges, so he wins via split-decision.
      This was a pretty solid undercard victory. Soto came out strong, and took Roberts to the ground early in the fight, but didn't really do much on the ground. Eventually Roberts was able to take Soto to the ground, and after mounting him, he went for a kimura, pulled guard, flipped Soto onto his ass, and finished the fight with that same kimura. Great submission victory for Roberts (against a guy I'm not really familiar with).
      I remember when I first heard about Mike Thomas Brown, it was when he beat Urijah Faber for the WEC title, and that freaked me out, because I thought Faber was unstoppable. Well, he's finally in the UFC, and showing his wrestling dominance in round one, completely controlling Nunes, and fucking up his eye in the first round. From that point forward though, the last two rounds go to Nunes based on his superior striking, and his ability to keep the pace higher. Overall, pretty solid fight, and Nunes wins via split-decision.
(Knees & Punches)
      As usual, Phil Baroni came out looking like a monster, but after he started to gas near the end of the first round, he got rocked by a shot from Tavares, and then Baroni eventually just collapsed while Tavares beat the living fuck out of him for the final minute or so of this fight. I'm not really sure how Baroni found himself fighting in the UFC again, but whatever... Good finish by Brad Tavares.
      This was a pretty one-sided event, with Dustin Poirier punching the living shit out of Grispi for pretty much the entire fight, landing 6-7 times as many punches over the 15 minute ass kicking. Grispi finally started showing a little offense, getting on top of Poirier at the end of the fight, but ultimately, this fight easily went to Dustin Poirier, and he definitely looks like a guy to keep an eye on in the 145 pound division.
      BOOM! I gave the first two rounds to Marcus Davis, for taking Stephens to the ground, and beating him up a little bit here & there. It was a pretty close fight, not a lot of damage being delivered in either direction, but about halfway through the third round, Stephens connected with a big punch, Davis hit the ground like a sack of bricks, Stephens launched a diving punch to the head of Davis to seal the deal, and he walks away with a beautiful knock out victory. This was a really good win for Jeremy Stephens, and a hell of a comeback.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Clay Guida is ridiculous, his movement is second to none, bouncing around the octagon nonstop like a rabbit on crack, he's funny, but he's an excellent fighter. Takanori Gomi mostly just looked confused in this fight, he landed a couple of punches, but that's about it. Clay on the other hand, landed a couple of big kicks, took Gomi down in both rounds, and eventually locked on a guillotine choke from the mount, forcing Gomi to tapout near the end of the second round. It's always cool seeing Clay finish people, and he adds another submission victory to his recent list of submissions, dude is on a roll!
      Well, this was a pretty good fight between two guys from different weight classes. I had them both ranked at #5 of their respective divisions going into this fight, so that made it interesting for me. Dong won the first round with his superior wrestling skills, the second round was close, and the third round I gave to Diaz for not being a pussy, and basically beating Dong's ass. In the end, I PERSONALLY wanted Diaz to win, and thought he did enough in the third round to pull off the victory, but apparently all 3 judges disagreed with me, and they gave the fight to Dong. So, whatever... Diaz is an animal though, he just starts too slow sometimes.
      Well, I have mixed feelings about this situation. Thiago Silva looked like an extreme badass, and he BASICALLY made Brandon Vera his bitch for all 3 rounds. Vera started round 2 looking solid with his striking skills, but ultimately, Silva was able to take him down every round, and just bitchify him. That sucks because I wanted Vera to win. To top it all off, after the fight, Thiago Silva gets suspended for submitting a fake urine sample, so ultimately, the fight was declared a no contest. At first I was going to give the victory points to Vera because I thought Silva must have been on steroids, because he looked like a muscular gorilla in this fight. BUT, considering his history with suspensions for weed, I'm going to agree with the no contest, and give them both penalties for a loss, considering Silva was suspended, and Vera didn't do ANYTHING to try to win this fight other than his 1-2 minutes of aggression in round two. Disappointing situation overall.
(Knee & Punches)
      Damn! Stann just whooped that ass! Both guys basically went to the center of the octagon, and just started swinging violently at each other, this was a fuckin' HELL of a brawl. For the most part, Stann got the better half of each exchange, and he ended up BASICALLY knocking out Leben in the first round, with a brutal knee, followed by a series of punches on the ground. Brian Stann looked awesome tonight!
      This was one of the wildest title fights of all time. Gray Maynard came out in the first round and absolutely dominated the champ, Frankie Edgar, beating the living shit out of him for the entire round. The second round went to Edgar, mostly because of a huge slam. The third round I counted as a draw. The fourth round I gave to Edgar by a pretty decent margin. The fifth round they were both slowing down quite a bit, but I gave that round to Edgar as well. So, in my opinion, this was an EXTREMELY close fight considering the 10-8 opening round in favor of Maynard, but in the end, I gave the fight to Edgar, the judges declared the fight a draw, and Edgar keeps the belt. However you want to score this fight, it was one of the best fights I've seen in a long time.