Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders, emanating from Arena Guilherme Paraense in Belem, Brazil.
The Octagon heads to Belem for the very first time, bringing a solid card headlined by a future Hall of Famer against an upstart prospect.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida looks to get back into the win column after three straight losses as he takes on former college football player Eryk Anders, who has transitioned to MMA and is currently undefeated, winning his first ten professional fights.
Machida has found himself on the wrong end of knockouts in his last three fights, but at 39, he still believes he has another title run in him. He'll have to avoid the power of Anders, the former standout at Alabama, who has scored six of his ten wins by knockout.
Also on the main card, former women's bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko makes her debut in the women's flyweight division as she hunts for another title shot, as she takes on Priscila Cachoeira. In the opening bout of the main card, Thiago Santos looks for his fourth straight win as he takes on Anthony Smith in a potential fireworks fight.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
NOTE: A bantamweight bout between John Dodson and Pedro Munhoz, which was scheduled to be the co-main event, was removed from the card on Friday. Munhoz missed weight by four pounds, and Dodson exercised his option to decline taking the fight. The bout is currently in the works to possibly be rescheduled for UFC 222 on March 3.
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT
> Deiveson Figueiredo (#14, 13-0, 2-0 UFC) vs. Joseph Morales (9-0, 1-0 UFC)
They clinched early and Figueiredo scored a takedown and was on top. Figueiredo landed some from the top but Morales was trying to scramble out. Figueiredo landed some big hammerfists but Morales avoided most of it. Figueiredo got back into the full guard but neither man was landing punches on the ground. Morales was controlling the posture on the mat. They are stood up by the referee. Figueiredo dropped Morales with a left hand and was working for a guillotine. Morales was able to survive the round as Figueiredo landed some hammerfists at the end. 10-9 Figueiredo.
Figueiredo landed the jab early and followed it up with some left hands to the head and body. Morales with a body kick. Figueiredo scored a takedown. Morales tried to scramble out but gave up his guard. Figueiredo got to his feet and was landing punches. Morales was grabbing the fence to try and help him up. Morales ended up on his feet. Figueiredo with a body kick. Morales landed a right hand. Figureiredo dropped Morales with a combo and then finished him off with some more punches on the ground. Impressive performance.
Official Result- Deiveson Figueiredo def. Joseph Morales by TKO (punches) at 4:34 of Round 2
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> Iuri Alcantara (35-9 1 NC, 9-6 1 NC UFC) vs. Joe Soto (18-6, 3-4 UFC)
Alcantara with a left kick to the body. Soto went for a takedown but it was stuffed and Alcantara hurt Soto with a body kick. Alcantara then dropped Soto with a combo and swarmed all over Soto with a ton of punches. Soto wasn't responding. The referee stopped the fight but he was way late on the stoppage as Soto took a ton of unnecessary shots. Impressive win by Alcantara.
Official Result- Iuri Alcantara def. Joe Soto by TKO (strikes) at 1:06 of Round 1
> Maia Stevenson (6-4, 0-0 UFC) vs. Polyana Viana (9-1, 0-0 UFC)
They trade punches before they clinch and Viana gets a judo throw takedown. They get right back up and Stevenson gets a takedown. Viana working for an armbar on the bottom. Stevenson is bleeding. Viana gets the armbar but Stevenson was able to slip out and they got to their feet. Viana has the neck and is working for a guillotine but lets go as they go to the ground. Viana with some punches from the top. Viana gets the mount and Stevenson gives her back up and Viana locks in a rear-naked choke and Stevenson quickly taps! Dominant submission win by Viana.
Official Result- Polyana Viana def. Maia Stevenson by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:50 of Round 1
> Alan Patrick (14-1, 4-1 UFC) vs. Damir Hadzovic (11-3, 1-1 UFC)
They trade kicks and Hadzovic looked for a knee near the fence but Patrick reversed into a takedown. Patrick passed the guard into side control. Hadzovic able to get to his feet. Patrick with another takedown but they got to their feet. Patrick has the back. Hadzovic reversed and landed some knees to the body. Patrick landed a couple of left hands and then scored a takedown. Hadzovic is looking for an armbar. Patrick is able to escape. Patrick on top and lands some elbows. Hadzovic able to scramble to his feet and lands some knees before being taken down again. They got back up. Patrick got another takedown and landed a lot of punches to end the round. 10-9 Patrick.
Patrick lands some punches and then takes Hadzovic down. Patrick lands from the top. He gets the back and works for a choke and almost has one locked in. Hadzovic fights it off. Patrick still working for the choke as the fight goes to the mat. Hadzovic fights the choke off but Patrick still has the back. Hadzovic survives the round. 10-8 Patrick, 20-17 Patrick.
Patrick landed a big body kick. Hadzovic landed a body kick of his own. Patrick got yet another takedown and into the guard of Hadzovic. Patrick remains on top landing punches and Hadzovic can do nothing to get up. They got to their feet. Patrick working for another takedown and he gets it. Patrick gets the back and is working for a choke. Patrick unable to get the choke and just rode the fight out on the back. 10-9 Patrick, 30-26 Patrick.
Official Result- Alan Patrick def. Damir Hadzovic by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
> Sergio Moraes (12-3-1, 6-2-1 UFC) vs. Tim Means (27-9-1 1 NC, 9-6 1 NC UFC)
They clinched early and Means got a takedown. Means was working in the guard of Moraes and landing punches. They got back to their feet. Means was landing more and landed a head kick. Moraes tried a kick but Means caught it and threw Moraes to the ground. Moraes invited him down but Means wouldn't go to the mat. Moraes landed a left hand that rocked Means. Moraes lands another combo. Moraes then rocks Means again. They trade punches. Means with a standing elbow. Moraes lands a right hand and then follows it with a combo. Means with a flying knee to the body. 10-9 Moraes.
They clashed heads at the start of the round. They traded kicks. Means with some leg kicks and he ducks under some Moraes punches. Moraes with a body kick and Means counters with a left hand. Means rocks Moraes for a moment with a left hand. Moraes lands a right hand. Moraes lands a big left hand. Means lands a counter left hand. Means with a head kick. Moraes with a right hand to the body. Means with a combo ending with a left hand. Moraes lands a right hand. Means with a head kick. 10-9 Means, 19-19.
Means lands a couple of left hands to start the third. Both men landing punches. Means with a head kick. Moraes lands a good combination and then lands a right hand that rocks Means for a moment. Moraes with a body kick. Means with a left hand. Means with a combo. Moraes with a head kick but Means shakes it off. Means stalking Moraes towards the cage and lands a knee to the body. Means rocks Moraes with a right hand. Means with a head kick and then follows it with some short punches. Moraes lands a right hand. Means landing with a lot of volume this round. Means lands a left hand and then pushes Moraes to the mat. Means goes into the guard and lands a big elbow. They stand and trade in the last ten seconds in a wild exchange. 10-9 Means, 29-28 Means.
Official Result- Sergio Moraes def. Tim Means by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
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> Thiago Santos (#15, 16-5, 8-4 UFC) vs. Anthony Smith (28-12, 4-2 UFC)
Santos with a couple of big kicks. Santos slips and Smith swarms on Santos but Santos gets away. Santos with some kicks and then a spin kick that connects with Smtih's chin. Santos goes after him but they scramble to the mat and Smith is in the mount. Santos reverses and is in the guard and lands a big elbow. Smith working for the triangle but Santos is now ripping away with body punches from the guard. Smith is able to get to his feet and chases Santos around the Octagon. Santos then drops Smith with a right hand and is looking for the finish. Smith gets to his feet and Santos has a big cut from an elbow from Smith. Santos lands a big knee to the body of Smith. Smith with left hands. Wild round. 10-9 Santos.
Santos lands some kicks and Smith is looking to land a left hand. Santos lands a body kick that hurts Smith and Smith crumbles to the mat. Santos is landing lots of punches as Smith grabs the leg but Santos is landing more and more punches and the fight is stopped. What a violent and wild fight as Santos picks up the win.
Official Result- Thiago Santos def. Anthony Smith by TKO (strikes) at 1:03 of Round 2
> Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-2 1 NC, 2-2 UFC) vs. Marlon Vera (10-4-1, 4-3 UFC)
Andrade went right after Vera and landed a leg kick. Vera with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks and then exchange punches. Andrade with a body kick but Vera catches it and they trade punches. Vera with a leg kick. Vera with a body kick but eats a combo from Andrade. They trade kicks. Vera comes forward with a combo and then lands a body kick. Vera starting to throw more volume. Andrade lands an uppercut. Vera with a body kick but Andrade grabs the body and gets a brief takedown. They get up and Andrade with a late takedown. 10-9 Andrade.
Vera coming out with some kicks. They trade punches. Andrade with a leg kick followed by a right hand. They trade punches. Andrade lands a left hook. Vera is cut open by his eye. Andrade stuns Vera with a punch. Vera with a body kick. Andrade breathing a little heavy right now but still landing punches and kicks. Andrade with a solid combo. Vera bleeding more. Andrade just misses a spinning back fist. Vera lands a couple of left hands. Vera just misses a head kick. Andrade with a right hand followed by a couple of knees and then lands a big right hand. Andrade with a combo. 10-9 Andrade, 20-18 Andrade.
Vera pressing forward knowing he needs a finish. They are trading punches and kicks. They trade jabs and Andrade lands an overhand right. Andrade with a leg kick. Andrade lands a big combo. He lands another combo. Vera with a side kick. Vera with a leg kick. Andrade with a body punch. Andrade with a left hook. They trade punches. Andrade with an overhand right. Vera with a head kick. Andrade with an inside leg kick. Andrade with a combo including a knee to the body. Andrade with a spinning back fist. 10-9 Andrade, 30-27 Andrade.
Official Result- Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Marlon Vera by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Tim Johnson (#14, 11-4, 3-3 UFC) vs. Marcelo Golm (6-0, 1-0 UFC)
Golm with a big leg kick. Johnson looking to land combos. They clinch and Johnson with a knee to the body. They clinch and Johnson with some knees to the body. They break the clinch. Johnson with a combo. Golm lands a right hand. They clinch again and Johnson pushes Golm against the fence. Golm reverses and Johnson is cut open. Golm with some knees to the body as they break. Golm with a body kick. Golm with a heavy leg kick. They clinch again and ride the round out in that position. 10-9 Johnson.
Golm lands a big right hand. Golm lands a big kick and starts landing a lot of punches. Johnson tries a takedown but eats elbows from Golm. They break. Golm with a leg kick. They clinch and clash heads again, which they are doing every time. They trade punches. Johnson gets the body lock and lands knees to the legs of Golm. Johnson with some body punches in the clinch. They continue to battle for underhooks. Golm lands an elbow on the break. Johnson with a combo and they clash heads again. Johnson with a knee to the body. Johnson with a spinning elbow. 10-9 Johnson, 20-18 Johnson.
Neither man can land their punches to start the third. Golm lands a body kick. Johnson with a combo. Johnson lands a left hand and then another combo. Johnson with an uppercut followed by some punches that hurt Golm. They clinch against the fence. Not much happening in the clinch. The clinch is broken by the referee. Golm lands a knee to the jaw of Johnson. They clinch again. Johnson with heavy knees to the legs of Golm. Johnson gets a brief takedown near the end. Not a good fight at all. 10-9 Johnson, 30-27 Johnson.
Official Result- Tim Johnson def. Marcelo Golm by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Michel Prazeres (23-2, 7-2 UFC) vs. Desmond Green (20-6, 1-1 UFC)
Lightweights* (Prazeres missed weight by 5 pounds)
Prazeres with a couple of kicks to start the fight. They trade leg kicks. Prazeres lands a right hand as they scramble. Green gets a takedown and has the back of Prazeres. Green with some knees to the legs. Green drags the fight back down as Prazeres tries to block it by grabbing the fence. They get to their feet and are clinched but break. Prazeres with a couple of kicks. Prazeres lands a right hand and then scores a takedown. Prazeres landed some punches to the back of the head and Marc Goddard stood them up and changed the position due to the illegal punches. Green gets a takedown but they pop right back up. Green ends up on top in a scramble. 10-9 Green.
Prazeres lands a left hook. Green blocks a right hand from Prazeres. Green gets a takedown and is in the guard of Prazeres. Prazeres kicks Green off and they get back to their feet. Green goes for the single leg against the fence. They continue to clinch and Prazeres gets a takedown and he climbs right into mount. Prazeres looking for an arm-triangle but Green scrambles back to his feet. Prazeres grabs the neck and drops down for the guillotine choke but Green escapes that as well. Green gives up his back. Prazeres looking for a north-south choke. Green escapes that as well. 10-9 Prazeres, 19-19.
Not much happening in the first minute as Prazeres misses some takedown attempts. Green blocks a kick from Prazeres. Green lands a combo. Prazeres with a high kick. Prazeres lands a left hand. Prazeres with a body kick. Green misses his punch attempts. They trade punches. Green lands a left hand. Prazeres gets a takedown and is in the mount. Prazeres landing punches to the head, some look close to being illegal and he's being actively warned. 10-9 Prazeres, 29-28 Prazeres.
Official Result- Michel Prazeres def. Desmond Green by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Valentina Shevchenko (#1 WBW, 14-3, 3-2 UFC) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (8-0, 0-0 UFC)
Shevchenko lands a right hand. She lands a big left hand that rocks Cachoeira. Shevchenko landing big punches and a body kick and then scores a takedown. Shevchenko lands a big elbow from the top and then some more. Elbow after elbow from Shevchenko and Cachoeira has a big cut open. Shevchenko with more big elbows. This fight could be stopped. Body punches from Shevchenko. Shevchenko back with more elbows. Cachoeira somehow survives. 10-7 Shevchenko.
Shevchenko with an inside trip takedown and Shevchenko in side control. Shevchenko has the arm locked in the crucifix and is landing lots of punches. Elbows and punches from Shevchenko. Shevchenko has the keylock but Cachoeira gets out of it but still in bad position. More big punches from Shevchenko in the crucifix position. This needs to be stopped by someone. Shevchenko now moves to the mount and is just landing lots of punches. Stop the fight Mario Yamasaki. Cachoeira gives up her back and Shevchenko has landed a million unanswered punches. Mario Yamasaki is doing a TERRIBLE job. Shevchenko now has a rear-naked choke locked in and Cachoeria taps. This is finally over well after it should have been. Shevchenko is going to be scary in this weight class.
Official Result- Valentina Shevchenko def. Priscila Cachoeira by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:25 of Round 2
> Lyoto Machida (#13, 22-8, 14-8 UFC) vs. Eryk Anders (10-0, 2-0 UFC)
Machida with a leg kick. Machida with a body kick. Machida trips Anders up with a leg kick and Machida gets into the guard of Anders. Machida postures up and lands a leg kick. Machida with a couple more leg kicks as Anders can't get to his feet. Machida lands a punch as Anders gets to his feet. Machida lands a left hand. Machida with a leg kick. Anders can't find an opening to land a punch. Machida blocks a head kick from Anders. 10-9 Machida.
Machida with a leg kick. Anders lands a big left hand that rocks Machida. They clinch against the fence. Anders tries a takedown but Machida slips away. Anders coming forward. Machida with an inside leg kick. Anders lands a left hand. Machida with a knee to the body. Machida with a leg kick and just ducks away from a left hand from Anders. Machida with a leg kick. Anders lands a left hand. 10-9 Anders, 19-19.
Anders catches a body kick from Machida and takes the fight down. They get back to their feet and Anders lands a knee that cuts Machida open. Machida with a body kick. Machida with a leg kick. Anders being very patient and not making any mistakes. Machida lands a left hand. Machida with a leg kick. They each land left hands. Anders lands a left hand that stuns Machida and chases him to the fence as he lands another left hand. Machida squirting blood. Anders with a knee in the clinch. 10-9 Anders, 29-28 Anders.
Machida lands a big left hand. Machida with a body kick and follows it with a knee. Machida with a body kick. Anders lands a left hand as he chases Machida down. Machida with a body kick. Anders misses a punch and Machida trips over himself and falls to the mat and Anders gets the advantage in the clinch. Anders lands a knee and then Machida with a knee. They separate. Machida with a body kick and Anders grabs the leg. Anders gets a brief takedown. Machida lands a knee before they break the clinch. 10-9 Anders, 39-37 Anders.
Machida with a body kick. He lands a leg kick. Machida with another leg kick. Anders blocks a head kick from Machida. Anders unable to land a punch in the first minute. Machida with a body kick. Machida with a body kick and Anders counters with a left hand. They clinch and both land knees before they break. Machida lands a left hand. Machida with a body kick. Machida with a knee to the body and he evades punch attempts from Anders. Machida with another body kick. Machida with a spin kick and Anders gets a takedown but Machida right back up and slides underneath Anders. They trade punches late. 10-9 Machida, 48-47 Anders.
Official Result- Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)