To say the UFC 125 card, which is taking place on New Year’s Day, has had some changes would be an understatement. First this card was supposed to be headlined by UFC Lightweight Champion and Jersey kid Frankie Edgar taking on Gray Maynard in a rematch of their 2008 bout. Philadelphia native and Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez, helped train Edgar for this fight. The co-main event was supposed to be Heavyweight monster Shane Carwin vs. TUF 10 winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Carwin had to pull out due to a back injury that required Carwin to get surgery. Then with the UFC-WEC merger, the co-main event would have former WEC and current UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo putting his title on the line against Featherweight up and comer Josh Grispi. Unfortunately Aldo also had to pull out of the fight due to an injury. Finally they settled with Chris “The Crippler” Leben taking on Brian Stann in a Middleweight bout which is sure to entertain.
Frankie Edgar is 13-1 with his sole loss coming from, you guessed it, Gray Maynard. In a tough fought bout, Maynard won a pretty decisive Unanimous Decision over Edgar. Since then both men have improved greatly, with Edgar becoming a completely different fighter then he was back in their original fight. Edgar won the UFC Lightweight title from long reigning and what some would say the “Greatest Lightweight of All-Time” BJ Penn, by a very close Unanimous Decision back in April. Quite a few people believed Edgar didn’t win that fight so an immediate rematch was made. Edgar dominated the rematch back in August winning all 5 rounds decisively to defend his UFC Lightweight title for the first time. Edgar will have to be physically and mentally prepared as well facing the one man he has lost to in his MMA career.
Maynard has slowly but surely climbed the UFC Lightweight rankings. Maynard has beaten the likes of Nate Diaz, Kenny Florian, Roger Huerta (who just lost to Eddie Alvarez in Philadelphia on October 21st), as well as the current UFC Lightweight Champion, Edgar. Maynard has gone 8-0-1 with his no contest coming from when he accidentally knocked himself out slamming his opponent and landing on his own head. Many believe Maynard’s style is a little boring hence Edgar getting the title shot before himself, but racking up those wins has paid off and he will meet Edgar for the Lightweight Title. The winner of this fight will face the last WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in a title unification bout.
Other fights on the card are as follows:
Middleweight bout – Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
Light Heavyweight bout – Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera
Welterweight bout – Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Lightweight bout – Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi
Lightweight bout – Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens
Featherweight bout – Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier
Middleweight bout – Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares
Featherweight bout – Mike Thomas Brown vs. Diego Nunes
Welterweight bout – Daniel Roberts vs. Greg Soto
Lightweight bout – Jacob Volkmann vs. Antonio McKee