UFC 125

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UFC 125: Resolution
A poster or logo for UFC 125: Resolution.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date January 1, 2011
Venue MGM Grand Garden Arena
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance 12,874[1]
Total gate $2,174,780[1]
Buyrate 270,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck 2 UFC 125: Resolution UFC: Fight For The Troops 2

UFC 125: Resolution was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on January 1, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.[3] This was the last UFC event with a subtitle other than simply the names of the headlining fighters.


The planned rematch between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen from their UFC 117 bout was at one point thought to take place at this event.[4][5]

On October 26, 2010, Shane Carwin had to pull out of his fight with Roy Nelson due to a back injury that required surgery. Nelson was then pulled from the card altogether.[6]

On October 28, 2010, UFC president Dana White announced that World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) would merge with the UFC and that WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo would be promoted to UFC Featherweight Champion.[7] Josh Grispi was pulled from a planned WEC 52 bout with Erik Koch to challenge Aldo for the Featherweight title at this event.[8] However, Aldo was later forced off the card with an injury.[9] Grispi remained on the card and fought Dustin Poirier.[10]

A lightweight bout between Cole Miller and Matt Wiman, which was originally scheduled to take place at this event, was moved to UFC: Fight For The Troops 2.[11]

UFC 125 preliminary fights were shown live for the first time on Ion Television in the United States.[12] The preliminary fights were shown live in the United Kingdom on ESPN, Rogers Sportsnet in Canada[13] and Fuel TV in Australia.[14]


Preliminary card[edit]

Volkmann defeated McKee via split decision (29–28, 29–28, 28–29).
Roberts defeated Soto via submission (kimura) at 3:45 of round 1. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Edgar vs. Maynard fight.
Nunes defeated Brown via split decision (29–28, 29–28, 28–29).

Preliminary card (televised)[edit]

Tavares defeated Baroni via KO (knees and punches) at 4:20 of round 1. This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Roberts vs. Soto fight.
Poirier defeated Grispi via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Stephens defeated Davis via KO (punch) at 2:33 of round 3.

Main card[edit]

Guida defeated Gomi via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:27 of round 2.
Kim defeated Diaz via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
Silva defeated Vera via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, 30–27). Silva falsified his urine sample during a post-fight drug test and the NSAC ruled the bout a no contest.[15]
Stann defeated Leben via TKO (knee and punches) 3:37 of round 1.
Edgar and Maynard fought to a split draw (46–48, 48–46, 47–47). Edgar retain the UFC Lightweight Championship.

Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.[16]

  • Fight of the Night: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
  • Knockout of the Night: Jeremy Stephens
  • Submission of the Night: Clay Guida

Reported Payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[17]

  • Frankie Edgar: $102,000 ($51,000 win bonus) vs. Gray Maynard: $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus) ^
  • Brian Stann: $42,000 ($21,000 win bonus) def. Chris Leben: $46,000
  • Thiago Silva: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Vera: $60,000
  • Dong Hyun Kim: $70,000 ($35,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz: $33,000
  • Clay Guida: $62,000 ($31,000 win bonus) def. Takanori Gomi: $50,000
  • Jeremy Stephens: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus) def. Marcus Davis: $31,000
  • Dustin Poirier: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Josh Grispi: $15,000
  • Brad Tavares: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Phil Baroni: $25,000
  • Diego Nunes: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Mike Brown: $23,000
  • Daniel Roberts: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Greg Soto: $8,000
  • Jacob Volkmann: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Antonio McKee: $15,000

^Although not reflected in the NSAC paperwork, both Edgar and Maynard received their win bonuses despite the draw.

Entrance music[edit]

Fighter Artist Title Album
Antonio McKee The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)
Brad Tavares Lil Wayne "Right Above It" I Am Not A Human Being
Brandon Vera Kanye West "Runaway" My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Brian Stann Five Finger Death Punch "Hard to See" War is the Answer
Chris Leben Red Hot Chili Peppers "Love Rollercoaster" Beavis & Butt-Head Do America OST
Clay Guida Foo Fighters "My Hero" The Colour and the Shape
Daniel Roberts Ennio Morricone "Death Rides A Horse" Death Rides A Horse OST
Diego Nunes Braille "Blessed Man" IV Edition
Dong Hyun Kim Yasuharu Takanashi "Pride'"  ???
Dustin Poirier Lil Wayne (feat. Eminem) "Drop the World" Rebirth
Frankie Edgar The Notorious B.I.G. Kick in the Door Life After Death
Gray Maynard Young Jeezy "Lose My Mind" TM 103
Greg Soto Puff Daddy (feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes) "Victory" No Way Out
Jacob Volkmann AC/DC "T.N.T." TNT
Josh Grispi Chiddy Bang "Opposite of Adults" The Swelly Express
Marcus Davis Tomoyasu Hotei "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" Electric Samurai
Mike Brown Lynyrd Skynyrd "Simple Man" Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd
Nate Diaz 2Pac "Ballad of a Dead Soulja" Until the End of Time
Phil Baroni George Thorogood & the Destroyers "Bad To The Bone" Goin' South
Takanori Gomi The Mad Capsule Markets "Scary: Delete Streamin' Freq. from Fear Side" Cistm Konfliqt...
Thiago Silva Sepultura "Ratamahatta" Roots



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  14. ^ "Fuel TV to broadcast Live UFC action". foxsports.com.au. 2010-12-31. 
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