HYDEN BLOG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from UFC Fight Night 125

FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

UFC Fight Night 125 was this past weekend. Let’s get to the rundown.


UFC Fight Night 125

GOOD- Thiago Santos stops Anthony Smith

Santos dropped Smith with a hard body kick and then followed up with some more shots to force the ref stoppage. Santos is making some waves in the division and it’s time for him to start fighting guys higher up the rankings. I want to see what he does against a Top 10 fighter. Good win for Santos.

GOOD- Douglas Silva da Andrade vs. Marlon Vera

I liked the aggression of Silva de Andrade, as he was pretty relentless. Vera never got going and he seemed off the whole fight. Silva de Andrade won the decision.

BAD- Timothy Johnson vs. Marcelo Golm

This was a bad heavyweight fight. Enough said there, moving on. Johnson won the decision.

BAD/GOOD- Michel Prazeres vs. Desmond Green

Prazeres badly missed weight, coming in at 161 pounds. That’s ridiculous to miss weight by so much. Anyway, the fight itself had a few moments of nice action, but more dull and boring junk. Prazeres won the decision, but probably lost some respect here with the weight issues. To be fair, the fight probably wasn’t as bad as I’m acting, I’m just disappointed in a guy being that far overweight.

GOOD/UGLY- Valentina Shevchenko submits Priscila Cachoeira

Shevchenko came out blasting Cachoeira over and over again. It was crazy how many shots Cachoeira took here. She showed she’s head and shoulders above just about everyone else in the division. Cachoeira showed good toughness, but where was the ref? Mario Yamasaki didn’t do his damn job here. This was a pathetic ref job in this fight, as it should have been stopped sooner. Dana White went off on Yamasaki after the fight, saying he should never be allowed to step foot in an octagon again. That tells you something right there.

Anyhow, good win for Shevchenko because this sends a message to everyone else that you don’t mess with her or she’ll obliterate you.

GOOD/BAD- Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida

The fight started slowly and built up, which is nice but it’s one of the things I don’t like about five round fights. We shouldn’t have to sit through two boring rounds to get to the good stuff. Anyway, Machida won the split decision. I disagree with that, as I thought Anders won. I could be wrong, though, but I felt Anders did a little more than Machida. I could re-watch the fight and see if I missed anything, but that would involve re-watching this fight and I definitely don’t want to do that. Once is enough.

So, Machida gets his first win since 2014. That’s something, I guess. He called out Michael Bisping after the win. I wouldn’t give that a high chance of happening, but I guess you never know. I suppose it depends on how desperate the UFC gets because I don’t imagine most fans of either fighter particularly wants to see them keep fighting.

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