On January 1, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the Ultimate Fighting Championship held UFC 125: Resolution to kick off the year for the fight fans. It turned out to be an overall good night of fights, featuring a mix of everything including knockouts, submissions, close decisions, and even a draw. While this card did not have a spectacular main event, it was solid throughout. The MMA Corner will breakdown the event and give results to every fight.

The main event featured Frankie Edgar defending his lightweight belt against “The Bully” Gray Maynard. Maynard came into the fight being very confident and saying he’s going to take Edgar’s belt. He made his point very clear in the 1st round. Maynard came out guns blazing, rocking Edgar several times and almost finishing him. The champion was lucky to make it out of the round, but he was able to survive. It was announced that Maynard threw 97 strikes during the round, and takes round one easily. In the 2nd, Maynard slowed down the pace and looked to rest himself. This allowed Edgar to keep the fight on the feet and land jabs on Maynard with his quick movement. Edgar takes the 2nd, 10-9. Round 3 was a close round throughout with the fight remaining on the feet. But nearing the end, Maynard is able to get a quick takedown that may have won him the round, depending on how the judges scored it. The champion comes out in the 4th knowing that he needs to win the round. Edgar looked as if he never got hit in the 1st and took it to “The Bully”, attempting a guillotine, taking the fellow wrestler to the mat, and landing crisp punches to win the 4th 10-9. The final round was once again a very close round where either fighter could have won it. Both men stood toe to toe and tried to score as many points as possible. The horn sounds and the fans in Las Vegas show much respect for both guys who put on a great fight. The finals scorecards read: 48-46 Maynard, 48-46 Edgar, and 47-47 draw. The fight is ruled a draw and Frankie Edgar keeps the belt. Both fighters are very disappointed by the result, but there will be an immediate rematch.

The co-main event featured possibly the biggest surprise of the night as Brian Stann defeated Chris Leben by 1st round TKO. Stann came into the matchup as an underdog against The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 veteran, but showed he has the skills to be put up against almost anyone in the 185 pound division. Stann is at a great training camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico under Greg Jackson. That gives him much potential to be a serious contender in the UFC.

Two light heavyweights entered the octagon as Brandon “The Truth” Vera took on Thiago Silva. Both guys have had a year long layoff and needed a win desperately. Silva came in looking in excellent shape and was noticeably stronger than Vera. To sum up the fight in a sentence, Silva made “The Truth” look bad. Vera was able to land some strikes on the feet, but had no takedown defense whatsoever. Once Silva did take Vera to the mat, he just couldn’t do anything off his back to shake Silva off of him. Silva landed takedowns in every round and easily took home a unanimous decision victory (30-26, 30-27, 30-27). As for Vera, he more than likely will be released by Dana White and the UFC. Silva will continue to work his way back up the stacked light heavyweight division to where he once was.

In a welterweight fight, undefeated Dong Hyun Kim took on the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 5, Nate Diaz. Both guys looked to continue their winning streaks and boost their stock in the welterweight division. This fight came down to who could take control of their opponent first. The fighter that executed that was Kim, who used his Judo skills very effectively to take Diaz down. Diaz has been known to be excellent in the guard, but couldn’t lock up any submissions from the bottom. This allowed Kim to pass to dominant positions and control him. Diaz did however have a valiant effect towards the end of the fight, but it was too little too late. Dong Hyun Kim keeps his streak intact as he wins a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

In the first fight of the main card, two lightweights collided as Clay “The Carpenter” Guida came to war against a former Pride star, “The Fireball Kid”, Takanori Gomi. This was expected to be Fight of the Night coming in, but didn’t live up to the hype. It was a good clash of styles, however, as Guida used his constant movement to frustrate Gomi. Guida was able to land a few shots early and continued to find openings in the fight. In the 2nd round, Guida was able to execute his game plan as gets Gomi to the ground and eventually locks in a guillotine that forces Gomi to tap at 4:27.

Undercard Results:

Dustin Poirier def. Josh Grispi via unanimous decision

Jeremy Stephens def. Marcus Davis via 3rd round KO

Diego Nunes def. Mike Brown via split decision

Brad Tavares def. Phil Baroni via 1st round TKO

Daniel Roberts def. Greg Soto via 1st round submission

Jacob Volkmann def. Antonio McKee via split decision

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.