UFC 125

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UFC 125: Resolution
The poster 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]


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]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Frankie Edgar (c) vs. Gray Maynard Draw (split) (46–48, 48–46, 47–47) 5 5:00 [a]
Middleweight Brian Stann def. Chris Leben TKO (knee and punches) 1 3:37
Light Heavyweight Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera No Contest (overturned) 3 5:00 [b]
Welterweight Dong Hyun Kim def. Nate Diaz Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Clay Guida def. Takanori Gomi Submission (guillotine choke) 2 4:27
Preliminary card (Ion TV)
Lightweight Jeremy Stephens def. Marcus Davis KO (punch) 3 2:33
Featherweight Dustin Poirier def. Josh Grispi Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Brad Tavares def. Phil Baroni KO (knees and punches) 1 4:20
Preliminary card
Featherweight Diego Nunes def. Mike Brown Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Daniel Roberts def. Greg Soto Submission (kimura) 1 3:45
Lightweight Jacob Volkmann def. Antonio McKee Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the UFC Lightweight Championship
  2. ^ Originally ruled a unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, 30–27) victory for Silva, the result was changed to "No Contest" after Silva falsified a urine sample.

Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.[15]

  • 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.[16]

  • Frankie Edgar: $102,000 ($51,000 win bonus) vs. Gray Maynard: $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus) ^
  • Brian Stann: $122,000 ($21,000 win bonus) def. Chris Leben: $96,000
  • Thiago Silva: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Vera: $70,000
  • Dong Hyun Kim: $70,000 ($35,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz: $63,000
  • 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: $28,000 ($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.