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411’s UFC Fight Night 125 Report 2.03.18

February 4, 2018 | Posted by Robert Winfree
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Hello everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC Fight Night 125. I’m Robert Winfree and I’m here again, because I have no life, to relaying all of the action to you just as I see it. Tonight we’ve got probably the worst Super Bowl weekend card the UFC has put on. The main event has aging former champion Lyoto Machida trying to break a three fight losing streak against up and coming power puncher Eryk Anders. In addition to being kind of weak initially, this card has suffered some set backs recently.

Yesterday we lost the co-main event when Pedro Munhoz was unable to make weight after his hotel ran out of hot water, an integral component of pretty much every weight cutting methodology, and after he officially weighed in at 140 pounds John Dodson declined to take the fight. Now in the co-main slot we have the woman who should be bantamweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, dropping to her natural weight class of flyweight taking on the debuting Priscila Cachoeira. Michel Prrazeres also missed weight for the third time in the UFC and has unlocked the title of “Fat”. It’s worth noting that Eryk Anders missed weight on his first attempt, but for inscrutable reasons the UFC allowed him an hour to try again and he hit on the second try.

UFC Fight Night 125 comes to the world from Arena Guilherme Paraense in Belem, Brazil with Brendan Fitzgerald and Paul Felder on commentary. As for the rules update the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission has adopted the new rules, so you need both palms or fists on the mat (or a knee of course) to be considered downed, extending fingers towards your opponent is a foul regardless of contact being made, and the language around scoring 10-8’s is clearer.

Deiveson Figueiredo is undefeated as a professional and is 2-0 in the UFC, both of which have contributed to his attaining of a top fifteen ranking. Figueiredo is trying to extend that streak tonight and move up in the rankings. Joseph Morales is also undefeated and is coming off of a successful UFC debut, he’s trying to crack the rankings by knocking off Figueiredo and theoretically taking his spot. The odds are with Figueiredo at -155 to +125 for Morales.

Flyweight Bout: #14 Deiveson Figueiredo (13-0, 126 lbs.) vs. Joseph Morales (9-0, 126 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Morales is an inch taller but these two have identical reaches. There’s already a loud “you’re gonna die” chant from the crowd, should be interesting. Also random note, Brazilians are 1-9 in the UFC to this point in 2018. There’s some circling then a clinch, Figueiredo gets an outside reap and lands on top in half guard. Sweep attempt from Morales is blocked but he does get full guard. Figueiredo postures up and lands a few punches, now he’s standing and pressuring down with his hips, Morales throws some up kicks then Figueiredo goes into his guard with a hammer fist that’s partially blocked. Short elbow from Figueiredo but he’s really struggling trying to pass the guard of Morales. Morales is trying to stall things out from the bottom, Figueiredo lands a few elbows to the body. And the ref does stand them up, not sure I agree with that. Morales is stalking forward now, runs into a hard left that drops him, Figueiredo is on top in half guard holding a near guillotine but his hands aren’t locked. Figueiredo bails on the choke and throws some wild hammer fists as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-8 Figueiredo given how one sided it was

ROUND TWO: There’s a pretty interesting hematoma developing above the left eyebrow of Morales, not sure if anything will come of it but it bears watching. Bouncing from Morales, both guys miss some offense. Bit of a superman punch from Figueiredo then a left to the body. Body kick from Morales. Figueiredo ducks a right and gets a takedown, now he’s standing and stacking before Morales gets butterfly guard. Hammer fist from Figueiredo and Morales closes his guard, again just trying to control posture. Short elbow from Figueiredo. Figueiredo stacks Morales again, he’s still struggling to pass the legs though. Morales back up but gets hit with a right before they really separate. Left hook from Figueiredo is partially blocked. Bit of a body kick from Figueiredo, Morales lands a pretty good right. Stiff jab from Figueiredo, Morales lands a leg kick. Another leg kick from Morales, he’s a little gun shy to really engage though. Left from Figueiredo floors Morales and this one is over.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Deiveson Figueiredo via TKO, punches, at 4:34 of Round 2

Solid stuff all around from Figueiredo. He’s on the mic now, he dedicates the win to the fans in Belem and says God has a plan for him. Asked who he’d like next he says he’ll face whoever the fans would like and thanks his coaches and family for their support then expresses his fandom to his interview, Paul Felder.

Here’s the finish, they get into an exchange of hooks but Morales doesn’t really move his head and is a little stiff all around before getting clipped and finished.

That’s it for Fight Pass, we’re on Fox Sports 2 for the rest of the prelims.

Iuri Alcantara has been a fixture of the lighter weight classes for several years now, but he’s starting to show the wear and tear as he’s on a two fight losing streak and is just 2-3 in his last five fights. If Alcantara wants to make one more run towards the top he has to win here. Joe Soto just had a three fight winning streak snapped by Brett Johns, he’s trying to get back on the winning side of things at the expense of a notable veteran. Soto is the -135 favorite to +105 on Alcantara.

Bantamweight Bout: Iuri Alcantara (35-9 1 NC, 136 lbs.) vs. Joe Soto (18-6, 135 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Alcantara is three inches taller and has a whopping six inches of reach advantage. Alcantara is fighting southpaw. Soto circling early, he’s on the outside as he needs to be all the way out or all the way in. Body kick from Alcantara. Soto tries a double leg, can’t finish it and Alcantara pushes free then wobbles him with a left. Body kick and a flurry from Alcantara along the fence, Soto tries for a single leg but Alcantara just keeps hammering him until the ref steps in.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Iuri Alcantara via TKO, punches, at 1:06 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Alcantara for his work this evening. Minor correction to the above, it was the body kick that hurt Soto and started the end not the left to the head. Interview time for Alcantara after that quick finish, he plays with the crowd a bit then says he trained very hard and puts Soto over then mentions he worked the body very deliberately because of Soto’s strengths. He walks us through the finish then, when prompted, says he’ll stay ready for whoever the UFC wants him to fight.

Here’s the finish, just a well timed body kick to the liver as Soto was retreating and Alcantara swarms him after that.

Maia Stevenson was a contestant on the most recent season of TUF but was unable to make it to the finale, now she’s making her UFC debut on the back of a five fight winning streak and is hoping to make an immediate splash down at strawweight. Polyana Viana is also making her UFC and is also on a five fight winning streak, she’s trying to establish herself in the division with a big win here. Viana is a significant favorite at, something I missed as comcast derped on me but Stenenson’s comeback is at +325 so it was probably -500 or so.

Strawweight Bout: Polyana Viana (9-1, 116 lbs.) vs. Maia Stevenson (6-4, 116 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Viana has an inch of height and four and a half inches of reach on Stevenson. They touch gloves to get us going. Bit of a right from Viana, and another as they clinch then Viana hits a throw but Stevenson is back up and gets a double leg into half guard. Viana has something going on, she’s after an arm I think as she rotates around the head. Stevenson is bleeding from the head somewhere but can’t see where, Viana is trying to get a kimura now and rolls into an armbar attempt. Viana extends the arm but Stevenson tied up her right leg to prevent the full lock as she fought to get her arm free. They’re back up now and Stevenson is holding a single leg along the fence. A couple of knees to the body go back and forth but Viana has Stevenson on the fence and gets a takedown from a guillotine attempt, she’s on top in half guard now. Viana fighting to posture up and lands a few rights, now looking to land elbows. Full mount now from Viana, now the back and she’s under the chin with a choke and forces the tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Polyana Viana via Submission, rear naked choke, at 3:50 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Ms. Viana for her work this evening. That was horribly one sided in favor of Viana in basically every aspect of the fight. The UFC has certainly booked the Brazilians to look good tonight, Viana on the mic now. She felt great fighting in her home state and is happy to have won then talks us through the finish and puts over her training.

Some highlights including the finish. Just a one sided affair, and we’re heading back to the analyst desk to kill time after all those finishes.

Alan Patrick is 4-1 overall in the UFC, that lone loss is to top contender Mairbek Taisumov, and he’s hoping to extend his two fight winning streak to three tonight and prove he’s still a viable prospect in the division. Patrick hasn’t fought since September of 2016 so keep an eye out for ring rust. Damir Hadzovic is 1-1 in the UFC and has also lost to Mr. Taisumov, but he’s coming off of a brutal knockout win over Marcin Held and is looking to get his first UFC winning streak up and running tonight. Despite the layoff Patrick is a notable -250 favorite to a +195 comeback on Hadzovic.

Lightweight Bout: Damir Hadzovic (11-3, 156 lbs.) vs. Alan Patrick (14-1, 156 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Patrick is two inches taller and has four inches of reach on Hadzovic. Patrick fighting southpaw, and we get a touch of gloves. They exchange leg kicks then Hadzovic drops Patrick with a left, he gets over eager going for the finish though and Patrick gets a double leg takedown. Quick pass to side control from Patrick, Hadzovic back to his feet and they’re clinched. Knee to the body from Patrick and Hadzovic spins him then Patrick gets a takedown. Hadzovic is back up and Patrick has his back standing with one hook in and over-under control. Patrick can’t keep control and Hadzovic spins into him then knees the body and lands an elbow. Knee to the body from Hadzovic and another short elbow. They finally separate as Patrick failed on a trip attempt and we’re at distance. Patrick bulls forward and gets a single leg into the guard of Hadzovic. Hadzovic tries an armbar from his back, he’s got his hips right and is now fighting for arm control. Patrick stands and is able to slip free and now he’s in guard again. A few elbows from Patrick land but Hadzovic is still looking to attack with that armbar. Hadzovic gets to the fence, Patrick lands a few lefts as Hadzovic scrambles up and they’re fighting in the clinch again. A few knees to the body from Hadzovic land but Patrick gets a takedown, they trade a bit as they regain their feet but Patrick is stuck to Hadzovic like glue. Hadzovic lands another knee from the clinch but Patrick gets another takedown. Some lefts from Patrick in the ride position as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Patrick

ROUND TWO: They touch gloves for the second round. A couple of front kicks from Patrick land but he can’t close the distance this time. Patrick bulls for another takedown, they hit the fence and he’s able to get it this time. Hadzovic looking to wall walk, Patrick gets the back with both hooks in and he’s after the choke. Patrick is trying to adjust the choke, Hadzovic breaks the grip and is looking to finish standing. A few punches from Patrick land, he’s after the choke again but he can’t finish it. Patrick goes to a body triangle as they’re on the mat again. Hadzovic is still hand fighting, Patrick bails on the body triangle then goes back to it. A few rights over his head from Hadzovic land but these are arm punches. The round comes to a close in that position.

SCORECARD: 10-8 Patrick, 20-17 Patrick overall

ROUND THREE: Another touch of gloves. Both guys looking a little fatigued. They trade a bit then separate. Body kick from Hadzovic then Patrick gets a takedown off of it, landing in guard. Hadzovic tries a triangle but Patrick reads it and postures through it without issue. Things are stalling out here, finally a bit of a scramble and Hadzovic is back up then eats a knee to the body as they clinch. Single leg from Patrick is successful then he moves to the back as Hadzovic was getting to his knees, he’s got bot hooks in again. Looks like this is where things will end as time winds down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Patrick, 30-26 Patrick overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Alan Patrick via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27 x2)

Decent return from Patrick, who’s on the mic now. He asks for a post fight bonus, unlikely to get it after that, then puts over Hadzovic as a tough fighter and hard hitter. Patrick puts over his coaches then plays with the crowd a bit.

Sergio Moraes is coming off of a pretty nasty knockout loss to Kamaru Usman and is hoping to avoid what would be the first losing streak of his professional career. Tim Means is coming off of a split decision loss and is hoping to rebound with a win here. The odds are with Means at -200 to +160 on Moraes.

Welterweight Bout: Tim Means (27-9-1 1 NC, 171 lbs.) vs. Sergio Moraes (12-3-1, 171 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Means is two inches taller and has three inches of reach on Moraes. Means fighting southpaw, and we get some looping punches going back and forth quickly. A few body shots from Means before they clinch up and Moraes pulls guard. Butterfly guard for Moraes as they start fighting for arm control and position. Means moves to half guard, and now he escapes to his feet and they separate. A quick leg kick from Means lands. Solid one two from Means, he’s throwing much straighter punches while Moraes is looping a lot. Body kick from Moraes, means punches him and he falls to his back to try and get Means to follow him down, Means wont and we’re back on the feet. They trade punches, both guys landed and Means was a little wobbled for a second. Moraes is throwing straighter punches now and they’re landing instead of being blocked. Means working the body now but he eats a straight right. Short elbow lands for Means as Moraes was ducking to throw punches. Takedown attempt from Moraes is blocked. There’s a very clear difference here, Means is fighting measured and methodical while Moraes is putting a lot of power into everything he does. Moraes lands a right, Means pushes him back and lands to the body as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Moraes

ROUND TWO: They clash quickly to start the second, Means complains of head butts. Means is starting to work the lead leg of Moraes now. Counter left lands for Means. Quick knee to the chest lands for Means then a left after he caught a body kick. Hard left in close wobbles Moraes, Means is stalking him now. We get an exchange of hooks then Moraes lands to the body. Another slip of the right then a hard counter left from Means, he’s got a read on the patterns that Moraes is using with his punches and is countering well. Left to the body from Means, Moraes is slowing down at this point. Right uppercut then a left lands for Means. Moraes is really looping those punches at this point. Bit of a head kick from Means then Moraes misses a few hooks to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Means, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the final round. Means immediately throwing punches, Moraes swinging hard but he’s going to waste the last of his energy in this opening bit at this point. Right then a left lands for Moraes, he’s still swinging and trying. Body kick from Moraes, Means responds with a full combination. Means walks into a head kick but just walks through it and lands a couple of punches then a knee to the body. Moraes is fading, Means picking him apart technically. Body shots from Means land. Head kick from Means is blocked but Moraes was still a little stunned. Another counter left from Means, this time he drops Moraes but Moraes is trying to get him into the guard. Means obliges him and lands an elbow from the guard then makes Moraes stand back up. One last brawling exchange brings the round to a close.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Means, 29-28 Means overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Sergio Moraes via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)

Clucky is in Brazil it seems. At a minimum home cooking was involved, Means knew it as soon as they announced it was split. Moraes feels he won as he swung to finish the fight, never mind how much he missed, while Means struck for points. He says he comes to fight in all areas of the game and mentions the history of MMA in Belem where Helio Gracie fought Kimura back in the day.

Thiago Santos is on a three fight winning streak, all three finishes, and he just returned to the official rankings for the division. Santos is looking to continue his winning ways and earn a crack at the top ten with a memorable performance. Anthony Smith is also on a three fight winning streak with all three being finishes, he’s trying to crack the top fifteen with a win over a ranked opponent. Santos is a notable -300 favorite while Smith sits at +230.

Middleweight Bout: #15 Thiago “Marreta” Santos (16-5, 185 lbs.) vs. Anthony Smith (28-12, 186 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Smith is four inches taller but they have identical reaches. They touch gloves, Santos will do some stance switching but he opens orthodox. Body kick from Santos. Santos slips and Smith swarms him as he recovers his feet but they wind up separating. A couple of inside leg kicks from Santos then he lands a glancing wheel kick then a shin to the head of Smith but as they get close Smith smothers his clinch and pushes him over to land in full mount. Crazy shift in momentum there. Santos bucks and gets on top in the guard of Smith then lands an elbow. Smith is trying to work a high guard, Santos postures through it and lands some hard body shots. A few more rights to the body from Santos. Half guard now for Santos, Smith looking to escape but Santos is keeping pressure. Smith able to get up and he lands a knee then they trade rights but Smith took the worst of that and he’s down. Smith back up and they trade again, Santos is bleeding from the eyebrow from an elbow strike. They clash and Smith winds up on his knees, Santos holds a front headlock as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Santos, might be 10-8 even

ROUND TWO: They touch gloves for the second round. Santos fighting southpaw at the moment, that cut is above his left eyebrow. Smith lands a jab. Santos lands a left body kick that crumples Smith, Santos is trying to swarm him but Smith grabs a single leg, he can’t get enough motion going though and as his motion stalls out the ref has to save him from the barrage of punches and hammer fists.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Thiago Sangos via TKO, body kick and punches, at 1:03 of Round 2

Well that was pretty fun, the card needed that kind of injection of energy. Santos on the mic now, that’s a pretty gnarly gash on his eyebrow now that we can actually see it. He thanks everyone for coming out and asks for peace as there’s a lot of violence going on right now. He says this is his fourth knockout in a row and he wants a top five contender next.

The finish here, it’s just the toes that land on that kick but if you land right under the floating ribs where the end of your liver hangs out that’s all you need to hurt someone to the body.

Douglas Silva de Andrade is 2-2 in the UFC but is coming off of a loss to Rob Font, he’s hoping to avoid the first losing streak of his career and reassert himself in the stacked bantamweight division. Marlon Vera just had a three fight winning streak snapped by John Lineker, he’s also looking to avoid his first losing streak and possibly earn another shot at ranked opposition in the near future. Vera is the -145 favorite to +115 on de Andrade.

Bantamweight Bout: Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-2 1 NC, 135 lbs.) vs. Marlon Vera (10-4-1, 136 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Vera is an inch taller and has two inches of reach on de Andrade. De Andrade comes out swinging, Vera avoids the barrage then de Andarde lands a leg kick. Vera has a head kick blocked. Bit of a body kick from de Andrade. Counter left from Vera lands. They trade leg kicks then Vera lands a counter left. De Andrade lands a body kick but Vera catches it and lands a couple of rights before de Andrade gets his leg back. Another leg kick from Vera, this one to the calf instead of the thigh. Body kick from Vera lands but he takes a bit of a counter combination. They’re both sniping with kicks but de Andrade’s punches are falling a little short. As I type that de Andrade gets close and lands a bit of a combination. Vera slips under a windmill right, he lands a couple of lefts and a bit of a knee. De Andrade lands a bit of an uppercut but eats a calf kick. Body kick from Vera, de Andrade gets a clinch off of it and has a rear waist lock then drags Vera down as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Vera but probably went to de Andrade

ROUND TWO: Bit of a head kick from Vera, de Andrade lands a body kick. Left lands for de Andrade. Glancing left lands for Vera, he’s picking up the pace this round but gets clipped with a left hook from de Andrade. Body kick from Vera but that left from de Andrade opened up a cut on the right eyebrow. De Andrade coming forward now, he’s swinging heavy but Vera defends and survives. Vera lands a body kick but that cut could become a problem. De Andrade is coming forward but he might have punched himself out a little after that flurry. De Andrade lands a right then a left. Left lands for Vera, these two are really starting to get after it. Body kick from Vera but he takes a couple of counters, then just barely misses a head kick. De Andrade pushes close and lands a series of knees from a clinch then a right after they’ve separated. They clinch up, de Andrade gets the back standing as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 de Andrade, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Vera comes out pushing the pace, they trade and Vera lands a combination to the body. Some jabs to back and forth. Bit of a right from de Andrade, I’m surprised Vera hasn’t been able to counter those wide punches in some way. De Andrade is landing to the body and head now, Vera is content to let him come forward. Leg kick from Vera, de Andrade returns it. We get an exchange, de Andrade is just landing the heavier shots as well as being busier. De Andrade lands that overhand right again. Vera is trying to goad something but he’s getting beat everywhere at the moment. They trade rights, de Andrade starting to throw elbows now and Vera lands a body kick. Hard right to the body from de Andrade. Spinning back elbow lands for de Andrade and we get a bit of a fire fight as time runs down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 de Andrade, 29-28 de Andrade overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Douglas Silva de Andrade via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Not a bad scrap, nothing memorable but not bad. De Andrade on the mic now and says the fight was tough and puts Vera over then thanks the UFC for the chance to fight on this card. Asked who he’d like next he says it was great to fight here and says he’ll take whoever the UFC wants him to.

Timothy Johnson has traded wins and losses while going 3-3 in the UFC, he’s coming off of a loss and is looking to avoid his first ever losing streak as well as defend his top ranking. Marcelo Golm is undefeated and looking to crack into the official rankings while remaining perfect as a professional. The odds lean towards the rising Golm at -165 to a +135 comeback on Johnson.

Heavyweight Bout: Marcelo Golm (6-0, 247 lbs.) vs. #14 Timothy Johnson (11-4, 263 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height while Johnson has two inches of reach on Golm, the other big difference is weight where Johnson is sixteen pounds heavier. They touch gloves, Johnson fighting southpaw. Both men showing the jab, Johnson lands a left. Heavy inside leg kick from Golm. Another left lands for Johnson, and they clinch then Johnson lands a knee to the body. Some more body shots from Johnson as they jockey for position. More body work from Johnson, they’re in space clinched now rather than on the fence. Bit of a right from Johnson as they break. They trade lefts, Johnson the one moving forward now. Another clinch, Johnson gets Golm on the fence and resumes landing knees to the thigh and body. Golm is able to spin him and they break without incident. Body kick from Golm lands then an inside leg kick. They clinch up again and Johnson gets Golm to the fence. Golm avoids an inside trip attempt but can’t get off the fence. A few lefts from Johnson then a knee to the body from Golm close out the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Johnson

ROUND TWO: They touch gloves for the second round. Bit of a combination from Johnson then Golm has a head kick blocked. We get some brawling in close and both men land then they clinch. Golm lands some elbows as they jockey for position. They break without incident, Golm looks to be better conditioned to this point. Hard body kick from Golm, then Johnson punches into the clinch. They fight for position along the fence and trade body shots. They break without incident and trade punches again. Another clinch and Johnson has Golm on the fence again. Some knees traded while they fight for position. Johnson lands some rights, Golm seems kind of stuck here and Johnson is working him slowly but surely. They break with a bit of an elbow from Golm. They clinch up and Johnson lands some hard knees to the body as he pushes Golm to the fence. Johnson misses a spinning elbow as they separate. Johnson misses an ugly spinning back kick and they both miss punches as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Johnson, 20-18 Johnson overall

ROUND THREE: Another touch of gloves for the last round. Johnson lands a left, he’s pushing Golm back but Golm is trying to keep his back off of the fence this time. Body kick from Golm. Inside leg kick from Golm, Johnson didn’t like that one. They punch into the clinch and begin fighting for position. They break without incident. Bit of a left from Johnson then a right behind it. Hard right from Johnson then he lands a flurry before clinching Golm on the fence. Knees from Johnson, Golm is really struggling to get out of this position. Not to go all Dominick Cruz on you but Golm really needs to dig for under hooks because that’s what Johnson is using to control him here. The ref separates them after they stall out. Johnson lands a couple of punches and eats a knee to the chin from Golm. Johnson punches into the clinch again and Golm is pinned on the fence yet again. Seriously, that whizzer from Golm is anchoring him rather than helping him at this point. Knees from Johnson to the body and thigh, he’s getting some weight into them this time. Johnson gets the back standing but can’t control things and they wind up chest to chest and trade then break. A couple of punches miss from both guys as the fight ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Johnson, 30-27 Johnson overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Tim Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)

Not the best fight but that’s the kind of fight and fighter Golm needs to be able to beat and he’s not quite there yet. No interview for Johnson.

Michel Prazeres missed weight for this bout, his third time doing so at lightweight in the UFC, but his overall lightweight record in the UFC is 7-1 with his only loss being to Kevin Lee. Prazeres needs to win here as a loss combined with his third instance of missing weight could easily spell the end of his UFC run. Desmond Green is 1-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a loss to Rustam Khabilov, he’s trying to bounce back from that and take out a tough roadblock that has turned back several promising lightweights. Prazeres is the -130 favorite to a +100 comeback on Green.

Lightweight Bout: Desmond Green (20-6, 156 lbs.) vs. Michel Prazeres (23-2, 161 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Green is four and a half inches taller and has five and a half inches of reach advantage, and of course Prazeres missed weight by a significant number of pounds. Green comes out southpaw and they touch gloves. Circling from both men, Prazeres has a body kick blocked. Green moving well, jabbing towards the body but Prazeres is bringing more power, and he lands an inside leg kick. Prazeres catches a kick and off balances Green but Green is back up and they’re clinched in free space then Green hits a trip takedown. Green has the ride position as Prazeres gets to his feet along the fence. Knees to the thigh from Green, Prazeres gets pulled to the mat and they scramble back up then fight along the fence. Green avoids a takedown attempt and pushes Prazeres into the cage. Some knees to the body from Green before he pushes free and we’re at distance. Leg kick from Prazeres, Green lands a bit of a left. They trade punches then Prazeres tries a single leg, Green blocks it and they wind up wrestling on the mat. Green was holding a single leg and Prazeres hit a few punches to the back of the head and the ref resets them on the feet after those illegal blows. Prazeres also got a stern warning, then one for Green for trying to officiate for him. They clinch up, there’s some fun wrestling from both guys going on here before Green gets Prazeres on the fence. Prazeres tries that awful headlock throw but Green predicatbly avoids it and gets on top in the guard of Prazeres as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Green

ROUND TWO: They touch gloves for the second round. Green circling early, Prazeres lands a left hook. Leg kick from Prazeres then he has a right blocked. Prazeres has started swinging the right, Green gets a single leg and he’s able to get control on the mat this time and Prazeres settles for having full guard. Green tries some punches but Prazeres kicks him off and we’re standing again. Bit of a right from Prazeres and Green is after a takedown against the fence now. A few elbows from Prazeres to the head of Green. Trip from Prazeres works and he immediately passes to half guard then full mount and is trying to set up an arm triangle choke. He’s got the position but Green bridges and rolls then escapes to his feet. Prazeres avoids a double leg and jumps for a guillotine but Green explodes free, Prazeres scrambles to top position again. Side control for Prazeres now, he’s trying to set up the north-south choke and he’s going for it now. It’s pretty fight, Green trying to escape or at least survive until the round ends. Green hips up and turns into him to break the choke, Prazeres lands a knee to the body as the last blow of the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Prazeres, might be 10-8 depending on how close you thought those submissions were, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the final round. Inside leg kick from Prazeres, Green lands a bit of a right hook. Green avoids a takedown attempt and lands a left. High kick from Prazeres is blocked. Prazeres lands a right. Green avoids a single leg attempt and lands a left then a right. Body kick from Prazeres, Green is looking tired at this point. They trade some punches but both guys are kind of enjoying the more sedate pace of this round. Body kick from Prazeres then he hits a double leg and moves immediately to mount. Green to a hip trying to explode and get free but Prazeres is slowing this down. Now Green is on his knees holding a leg and Prazeres is landing some punches. Green can’t get free and Prazeres control him and lands some punches as time runs down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Prazeres, 29-28 Prazeres overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)

That’s six in a row for Prazeres, but he’s missed weight on three of them and will probably have to be at welterweight going forward. No interview for Prazeres.

Valentina Shevchenko is coming off of a controversial split decision loss in a title fight up at bantamweight, she’s looking to put that behind her now that she’s at her more natural weight class and immediately enter herself into the title picture at flyweight. Priscila Cachoeira is undefeated and making her UFC debut, if she can take out a recognized main event level talent like Shevchenko she’d immediately be in the title picture as well. Shevchenko is the biggest favorite on the card at -900 to a temping payout of +550 on Cachoeira.

Women’s Flyweight Bout: Priscila Cachoeira (8-0, 126 lbs.) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (14-3, 125 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Cachoeira is two inches taller but Shevchenko has an inch and a half of reach on her. Shevchenko fighting southpaw and they touch gloves to get things going. Counter jab from Shevchenko lands. Cachoeira is coming forward but she gets clipped with a left that wobbles her. Shevchenko is stalking forward and cracking her with lefts then she hits a double leg takedown into the guard of Cachoeira. Elbows from Shevchenko to the body and head, Cachoeira is trying to control posture. Hard elbow from Shevchenko splits Cachoeira open. Hard flurry from Shevchenko, punches and elbows to the body and head, Shevchenko is mauling this woman. Cachoeira trying to control posture but she eats another couple of elbows. Good grief, these elbows from Shevchenko are nasty and she’s just hammering them in. The only thing saving Cachoeira is that she’s able to get posture control every now and then to prevent a fight ending barrage. Body shots from Shevchenko as well now then another couple of elbows. Cachoeira is going to see the end of the first round though.

SCORECARD: 10-7 Shevchenko, that was a wipeout

ROUND TWO: Cachoeira was complaining about her left knee between rounds. Counter right from Shevchenko then a left and they clinch then Shevchenko hits a trip and is on top again. Cachoeira trying to scramble but Shevchenko moves to side control and sets up shop from there. Mounted crucifix from Shevchenko and she tees off with rights to the head, Cachoeira is struggling to move and protect herself. Elbows now from Shevchenko and she’s after an americana on the far arm. Shevchenko bails on that shoulder lock and is after more elbows from the mounted crucifix. Rights, elbows, come on ref this is cruel at this point. More rights, Cachoeira finally gets free of the crucifix but she’s still pinned and getting hit in the face. Shevchenko is looking to mount now, Cachoeira has a knee shield in place to deter that so Shevchenko lands more punches to the head. Mount now for Shevchenko and she’s landing short rights. Shevchenko is postured up and tees off then gets the back, more punches as Cachoeira is flattened out. Seriously ref, stop this. More lefts from Shevchenko and she locks up the choke because the ref would let her beat this woman to death then forces the tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Valentina Shevchenko via Submission, rear naked choke, at 4:25 of Round 2

Absolutely one sided affair, Shevchenko is coming for the belt. Seriously, one of the most one sided fights from start to finish I’ve seen in the UFC. Shevchenko on the mic now, she speaks some Portuguese and thanks Cachoeira for taking the fight and believes she has a bright future ahead of her. Asked about taking the fight to the ground she says she wanted to be ready for everything and makes adjustments in the cage based on what she feels. Felder asks if she’s in line for a title shot, she says people asked why she took this fight instead of fighting for the belt, she says she wanted to stay busy and show her form then tells Nicco that she’s willing to fight her.

Some highlights, I don’t even have words for that as Shevhchenko just ran her over like a truck.

Lyoto Machida is a former light heavyweight champion and was one of the premier fighters of his era, but he’s currently on a three fight losing streak and has been finished in all of those losses. Machida is trying to get a win in what is essentially his home town for a feel good moment as his career moves towards a close. Eryk Anders is undefeated including two wins in the UFC and is looking for the biggest win of his career thus far as he could find himself in the top fifteen with a win since Machida, despite his losing streak, still retains a top fifteen spot. Anders is your favorite here at -275 to a +215 comeback on Machida.

Middleweight Bout: #13 Lyoto Machida (22-8, 186 lbs.) vs. Eryk Anders (10-0, 186 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height while Anders has an inch of reach on Machida. Machida is also nearly a full decade older. Both of these guys fight southpaw and we get a touch of gloves to start. Machida circling early, Anders stalking forward. Machida goes orthodox, interesting, and he lands an inside leg kick. Hard leg kick from Machida takes the legs from under Anders and Machida jumps into his guard. Machida stands, lands a leg kick then postures a bit. Another leg kick from Machida, he’s not letting Anders up but also doesn’t want to engage in prolonged grappling it seems. Things stall out a bit, then Machida dives into half guard and Anders is back up. Left to the body from Anders but Machida is moving well then lands a leg kick. Inside leg kick from Machida, he’s clearly playing a long game here. Another leg kick from Machida brings the round to a close.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Machida

ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. Machida avoids a high kick and lands a leg kick. Anders is freezing when he gets into range, and then lands a straight left that wobbles Machida and they wind up clinched. Single leg attempt from Anders, Machida defends then separates. More circling from Machida, Anders trying to corral him but he’s struggling to really cut off the cage. Leg kick from Machida. Jab lands for Anders. They trade lefts but Anders landed the better of them. Both men pawing with the lead hand, Machida lands a knee to the body. A couple of inside leg kicks land for Machida then he manages to roll with a left from Anders. Solid leg kick from Machida. Hard one two from Anders, they wind up clinched then break but Anders landed clean there. Machida is able to circle away the final fifteen seconds of the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Anders, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Touch of gloves again, and Machida lands a leg kick. Left lands for Machida and he lands a body kick but Anders catches it and takes him down against the fence. Machida to his knees, Anders lands a knee to the body and a left that has opened up the bridge of Machida’s nose as they break. That’s bleeding very obviously, Anders is coming forward again. Bit of a right from Machida. Commentary tells me the cut was caused by a knee from Anders. Machida lands a body kick, Anders still pressuring him forward. Good left from Machida, Anders walks through it. They both miss then clinch and break with a knee to the body from Anders. Leg kick from Machida. Machida lands a bit of a left but Anders is rolling with these rather well so far. Right then a left from Anders wobbles Machida, they wind up clinched on the fence again. Machida’s face is leaking constantly, they break and Anders misses a high kick to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Anders, 29-28 Anders overall

ROUND FOUR: That cut is on the forehead, vertical by the inside of the left eyebrow. Machida lands a left and avoids the counter from Anders. Body kick from Machida then a knee, he’s starting to turn up the offense now. Another body kick from Machida, Anders lands a bit of a left. Machida avoids most of a flurry along the fence but he’s still bleeding nearly into his eye. Another body kick from Machida, Anders is getting closer though and is looking to explode with punches. Machida lands a left. Left from Anders then another that off balances Machida and Anders is on top in half guard. Machida to his knees, now up and he eats another knee from Anders to the head. They’re in the clinch on the fence, Anders landing knees to the thigh as Machida bleeds over his back. Knees to the body and thigh go back and forth then they break. Anders catches a body kick and drives Machida into the fence looking for a single leg. Machida blocks the first effort but Anders gets the second, Machida back up immediately but he’s still pinned on the fence. They trade body shots then break without incident. Nothing of note happens before the end of the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Anders, 39-37 Anders overall

ROUND FIVE: They touch gloves then trade punches. Leg kick from Machida. Another leg kick from Machida. Bit of a high kick from Machida is blocked and Anders misses the counter. Machida lands a body kick. Body kick from Machida but he eats a counter left. They clinch up and trade knees to the body then break. Anders blocks a body kick, Machida lands a knee as Anders was stepping in then Anders misses a left. Another body kick from Machida. Machida misses a spinning back kick, Anders gets the back standing and gets a takedown, he lands a couple of short punches before Machida shakes him off over the top. They trade punches for the final couple of seconds as time runs down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Machida, 48-47 Anders overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Lyoto Machida via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)

49-46 either way seems wrong. Machida on the mic now, he says he can’t put a price on the feeling right now to win in his home again. He says he kicked a lot to deter Anders and puts him over as a tough fighter. Asked who’s next for him he calls out Michael Bisping, which actually wouldn’t be the worst retirement fight for both guys.

On that note, because bad decisions just never go away, UFC Fight Night 125 comes to a close. I’ll be breaking down the action from this card at a special start time of 2 pm eastern time Sunday on the 411 Ground and Pound Radio Show. The start time accommodates my family plans for the Super Bowl, I’m not a football fan but tradition is tradition, and I’ll preview UFC 221. Speaking of UFC 221, it’s next week when Yoel Romero fights Luke Rockhold for the interim middleweight title and, well, there’s not much else of note on that card. But I’ll still be here covering it, so hooray me I suppose. Anyway I’ll be back next Saturday for that, until then stay safe out there and keep checking 411mania for all of your pop culture needs.