UFC 125: What to Expect

December 28, 2010 by  
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Held on New Year’s Day at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, UFC 125 should be a great way to kick off a new year of MMA fighting.

The event marks the emergence of a unified UFC-WEC sport where the classes will merge to compete for dominance.  Starting off the year, UFC 125 brings a number of prominent challengers to the forefront as they aim for titles in the coming year.

Rising athleticism and competition in the sport means a higher level of fights this coming year:

Lightweight Championship: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard

As the main bFrankie Edgarout on the UFC 125 card, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar takes on undefeated Gray “The Bully” Maynard in what should be an epic bout. Edgar is one of the best conditioned fighters in the sport, with impression striking and takedown skills while Maynard is a well respected wrestler who has won nearly a third of his bouts by submission. Maynard retains advantage in height and reach, while Edgar has impressive poise and experience in the ring.

Middleweight challengers: Chris Leben v. Brian Stann

Two rising middleweights face off in UFC 125 as Chris “Crippler” Leben takes his 21-6 record gainst Brian “All American “ Stann’s rising 9-3 record. Stann retains a height and reach advantage, while Stann brings one of the most impressive striking techniques in the sport. Considered one of the most athletic fighters, Stann will face a crafty Leben who rose from TUF to the top of the challenger’s bracket.

Light heavyweight challengers: Brandon Vera v. Thaigo Silva

A highly anticipated light heavyweight bout, Brandon “Truth” Vera puts his 11-5 record on the line against rising challenger Thiago Silva. Silva is a highly aggressive fighter, which could pose a challenge to Vera’s close quarter striking and grappling skills.

UFC 125 begins a new year in the sport we love.  Here's hoping it's a great kick-off.  Happy New Year everyone!

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