UFC 125 The Aftermath: No Resolution

Posted: January 3, 2011 in Local MMA, Marketing, PR, UFC

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Wow.  After all my skepticism, UFC 125 turned out to be one hell of a card.  Each fight was worth watching and I never felt bored for a second.  Yes, my prediction of a 5 round title fight was true – but I was completely wrong in the pace of the action. This was not a boring 5 round take down clinic by both fighters.  Instead it was a very well-rounded back and forth battle…that resulted in a draw.  The irony of the PPV’s title “Resolution” was not lost on me when this decision was announced.  We’ll wait for Edgar-Maynard III for the real “answer.”

The only real disappointment for me was the loss of Josh Grispi.  The south shore native came into the prelims with a lot of hype (and a record to back it up) but fell short in his UFC debut.  Grispi took a three round beating that resulted in the unanimous decision with for Dustin Poirier.  Whether it was the first time UFC jitters for Grispi, or if he was truly overmatched – time will tell.  I’m hoping he gets over this hump and gets back to dominating the division.  I still want to see him face Aldo in the near future.

Now let’s take a step back and look at the companies that kept the light’s on for this event: Affliction,  Xyience, BSN, Bud

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Light, Cazadores Tequila, UFC-the-Store, GameFly.com, UFConDemand, TapouT, and the movie The Mechanic. (Let me know if I missed anyone this time. The Octagon seemed sponsor-light this go around.)

My Take: After some back and forth whether to have a rematch or have Edgar take on “Showtime” Pettis, there will be another UFC trilogy in the making.  Edgar-Maynard III will happen. Unlike this first battle, I think there will be a hump in sponsors looking to get attached to this re-rematch.  Their will be hype and this time, there will be a finish. I can feel it.

The real question will be whether “Showtime” fights another opponent or waits out his UFC title shot.  That is a long layoff from fighting and he may want a UFC “tune-up” fight in order to remove any first time Octagon glitches/nerves.  Sure, there is the risk of losing and ultimately losing your shot – but I think the pros far out weigh the cons.  Yes, I’ll say it again – let’s not have another Rashad Evans on our hands.

If you missed UFC 125 here is the full breakdown of results:

Main Card Results

  • Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard (draw)
  • Brian Stann def. Chris Leben via first-round TKO
  • Thiago Silva def. Brandon Vera via unanimous decision
  • Dong Hyun Kim def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision
  • Clay Guida def. Takanori Gomi via submission

Under card Results

  • Jeremy Stephens def. Marcus Davis via third-round KO
  • Dustin Poirier def. Josh Grispi via unanimous decision
  • Brad Tavares def. Phil Baroni via first-round TKO
  • Diego Nunes def. Mike Brown via split decision
  • Daniel Roberts def. Greg Soto via submission
  • Jacob Volkmann def. Antonio McKee via split decision
  1. As Brian Stann would say – “golly!” I honestly didn’t give thought to a “Showtime” layoff of our WEC champ. That poses an interesting scenario since White has rescinded his stance that Pettis would fight next. By making this clamored for Maynard v Edgar 3 fight he is simultaneously keeping Pettis shelved unless he requests a fight in between. However, I would be much more forgiving of Pettis for waiting it out. Unlike Rashad, he is the real deal – not a splenda substitute. He is a champion already. His fight is being delayed but by the decision of the powers that be and not his own desire to wait it out. I think he would be wise to wait this out. His kick will keep him on the minds of fight fans and I don’t think the wait will hurt him. What would you advise him to do if you had his ear?

  2. On a side note, Clay Guida went up a notch in my book for crediting his training partner, Joe Stevenson, for that beautiful guillotine choke with one arm in. Hooking the left leg behind Gomi’s back and raising his hip to tighten the choke – sublime. What do you think of all the punishment he took – from his older brother gearing him up/slapping the bejesus out of him BEFORE entering the cage?

    • Good points, Ryan. I’m 50/50 on the Pettis layoff. With a rich division you pass on a fight you could miss your only chance at it. However, if you wait it out you risk taking on a fighter that has had a few fights under his belt while you have accrued ring rust. I think he benefits either way, in that he gets a shot or at the very least receives a payday for another fight.

      Re: Guida – He was always someone I respected as a fighter, but giving props to a teammate for the move certainly propelled him in my eyes as a “PR Gem.”

  3. […] and become instant classics. Example:  Griffin/Jackson, Machida/Rua I, GSP/Hardy, Cruz/Faber and Edgar/Maynard […]

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