By: Garrett Evert

 

The UFC invaded Belem, Brazil over this past weekend to execute their 125th Fight Night. In front of a crowd of 10,144 people, the card did not disappoint by any means.

 

UFC Fight Night 125 Results

 

Machida def. Anders by split decision

Shevchenko def. Cachoeira by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:25 Round Two  

Prazeres def. Green by unanimous decision

Johnson def. Golm by unanimous decision

Andrade def. Vera by unanimous decision

Santos def. Smith by TKO (body kick and punches) at 1:03 of Round Two

Moraes def. Means by split decision

Patrick def. Hadzovic by unanimous decision

Viana def. Stevenson by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:05 of Round One

Alcantara def. Soto by TKO (punches) at 1:06 of Round One

Figueiredo def. Morales by TKO (punches) at 4:34 of Round Two

 

Main Takeaways

 

Eryk Anders called out Lyota Machida after his last fight and he wanted to fight Machida in Machida’s home country of Brazil. Well, Anders dream came true, shortly followed by a nightmare. Anders learned pretty quick that Machida is a striking animal, being out struck 62-32, the only chance Anders had to win was on his excellent takedowns, of which he had 4. His inability to capitalize on any of the 4 takedowns lead to the fight being ruled in Machida’s favor.

 

Valentina Shevchenko is an animal, and I love it. She may be the most ruthless women’s fighter the UFC has ever seen. She absolutely DOMINANTED Priscila Cachoeira on Saturday night. With that being said, the fight was highly controversial. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Shevchenko won the fight but she should have won it sooner. Referee Mario Yamasaki should have called the fight much, much sooner than he did. He allowed Shevchenko to out strike Cachoeira 230-3. For those who are unfamiliar, that is nowhere close to fair. A referee’s job is to maintain the safety for both fighters at all times, under any circumstances. Mario Yamasaki’s officiating was absolutely disgusting and I personally agree with Dana White, Mr. Yamasaki should never be allowed to officiate in the octagon ever again.

 

What’s Next?

 

Saturday February 10th, 2018 is UFC 221 in Perth, Australia. Former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold will face No. 1 contender Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero for the interim Middleweight title.

 

My Pick 

 

Rockhold wins via TKO in the 4th round.

 

 

Keep and eye out for my future post with the current rankings for reach weight class, rookies I think you should keep an eye on, and other major news within the UFC!