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Headlining bout named UFC 125 “Fight of the Night”

The first UFC event of 2011 has come and gone leaving a number of highlight-worthy moments including slick submissions, a devestating knockout, a severely shattered schnozz, and a comeback for the ages in its wake. Fans in attendance at “UFC 125: Resolution” witnessed lightweight title-holder Frank Edgar barely hold on to his belt after being dropped by Gray Maynard a number of times in the headliner’s opening frame, then recollecting himself with a stellar second stanza and doing enough over the match-up’s remaining rounds to earn a draw – only the second of its kind in a UFC title fight.

Though nothing is likely to eliminate Maynard’s disappointment at the result, who won the fight in the eyes of many who watched, easing the pain will be a $60,000 check for his part in what was named the event’s “Fight of the Night”.

News of the distinction was announced at the post-event press conference.

“Knockout of the Night” went to Jeremy Stephens, who also took home the attached cash, for flattening Marcus Davis in the third round of their preliminary scrap and avoiding what would have almost certainly been a decision defeat had things gone the distance.

Finally, Clay Guida‘s Guillotine Choke of Takanori Gomi was named “Submission of the Night”. The victory brought Guida’s overall record to 28-11 and was his third consecutive win in the Octagon.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

12 COMMENTS
  • Angry Mike says:

    Fight of the year to date!

  • Was there any doubt as to this bein named FOTN? What a great show of heart by Edgar, what an outstanding show of finishing power by Gray(had that been anyone else, that would’ve been over after the second time Frankie went down) and what a brilliant show of a will to win by both guys. I and alot of other people thought this would be a boring decision fight, and decision while it may have been this was a nail biter for sure. Looks like Pettis gets first crack at Frankie, which is cool, it settles the title situation and gives people a moment to keep an eye on showtime while he’s still red hot off that kick. Gray will probably get handed someone beat their ass and get the rematch right after.

    We have a new conteder in the lower upper echelon of 185, Brian Stann just did something only one other man has ever done in stoppin Leben with strikes Bravo!

    AHAHAHA Vera got smashed.

    I was so pissed at Kim beating Nate, but it is what it is. Kim needs to work on alot of things and fight some contenders before callin out GSP, and Nate needs to work on his TDD and scrambling. He’s obviously great on the ground by not getting dominated by Kim, nor ever seeming in real trouble, but had he been able to stuff those first couple takedowns, I think this fight would’ve went the other way completely. once again Diaz outwrestled, nothing more nothin less.

    Guida looked great. Outstanding
    Stephens is always a favorite of mine, and you all saw why.

    Great night of Fights all around and happy new year to you my fellow followers of mma!

  • MCM says:

    good one Angry Mike.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Edgar vs Pettis and Maynard vs Miller next.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Dana White changed his mind last night. Maynard is getting his immediate rematch.

  • Angry Mike says:

    There has to be an immediate rematch. How can you have the number one contender fight for the belt until you’ve figured out who’s the title holder? Plus, it’ll be a great fight, and brings lots of publicity for the next fight.

    I have to say, though, that the outcome surprised me. How can Edgar decisively beat Penn twice and struggle against Maynard? Penn is a much better striker than Maynard. Maynard may be a better wrestler than Penn, but Maynard’s wrestling wasn’t a factor. In fact, Edgar got the takedowns. Maybe it was just a classic case of a fighter (Edgar) getting caught.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    what a great fight, but after round 1 Maynard didnt look the same. Hopefully for him he comes in with even better cardio and mixes it up a bit more. I hope Frankie wins though but what a great effort by both guys.

  • Rich S. says:

    Nice “Submissions of the Night” for Guida. He just got his third finish in a row, which is surprising enough, but two of them were against top competition in this division. On another note, I’m surprised Gomi is so easily submitted these days. I remember seeing him squirm out of so many crazy submissions back in the day. I always considered him a good grappler when he wasn’t pounding people on the feet.

    If the UFC wants to get their money’s worth out of Gomi, they need to toss him in with Jeremy Stephens. That’s a war waiting to happen. I know they needed to test Gomi, but giving him Florian, Griffin, and Guida all in a row, all arguably the divisions best grapplers, is just not very smart. I still think deep down inside of Gomi there is a good ground fighter, but we all know he’s looking for the knockout. If he’s not already on his way out of the UFC, give this guy a brawl.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Rich, in all fairness Guida was Gomi’s brawler. Guida’s not supposed to be submitting Gomi, Gomi’s supposed to be the ground specialist! But Clay ruined the party and exposed Gomi further. Of course he’s a talent but you can’t rely on KOing people at 155.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Didn’t rate the fight as high as some of you. Apart from the first rd I was rarely excited. I would rather see Pettis take on Edgar but Pettis vs another top UFC LW will do.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I too would much rather see Pettis get the shot, but he isn’t and I really hope in the mean time they give him a tune up fight and don’t throw him to the wolves, he earned a unification bout, they should have struck while the iron is hot with all the buzz pettis generated, sometimes I question DW’s ability to not react after reading fan feed back on the internet, he said he was staying with Pettis and then then hours later after fans creamed on them selves for no reason about a potential rematch with Maynard he switched it up… DW is a puppet to the ppl.

  • stone says:

    I think Brian Stann shouldve got the KO bonus! No one gave Stan a shot, not even me. Who won “pink-slip” of the night??? Vera or Davis?

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