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UFC Fight Night 125: Machida ekes out split-decision victory over Anders

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (23-8-0) did just enough to walk out of Belem, Brazil with a split-decision victory over American Eryk Anders (10-1-0) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125.

Both fighters were relatively cautious, with only 181 strikes thrown combined throughout five rounds.

It was a classic defensive performance for Machida, who proved to be the elusive striker who frustrated opponents into moving into his range. Anders tried to connect, but could not land many combos or flurries, while landing only one of eight takedown attempts.

Still, the fight was close enough for the judges, with 48-47, 47-48, and 49-46 scores awarded.

Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith earned Fight of the Night, while Valentina Shevchenko and Luri Alcantara earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO DEF. JOSEPH MORAES VIA TKO (STRIKES) R2 4:34

LURI ALCANTARA DEF. JOE SOTO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:06

POLYANA VIANA DEF. MAIA STEVENSON VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 3:50

ALAN PATRICK DEF. DAMIR HADZOVIC VIA UD (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)

SERGIO MORAES DEF. TIM MEANS VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD

#15 THIAGO SANTOS VS. ANTHONY SMITH 

WINNER: THIAGO SANTOS VIA TKO R2 1:03

ANDREWS PREDICTION: THIAGO SANTOS VIA TKO

Andrews: Both guys went in there to finish the fight and we got a fun tussle. The experience of Santos shone through near the end. Good win for Santos.

DOUGLAS SILVA DE ANDRADE VS. MARLON VERA

WINNER: DOUGLAS SILVA DE ANDRADE VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARLON VERA VIA UD 

Andrews: Vera got outworked. He couldn’t get the fight to the ground and De Andrade got the best out of the exchanges. Good win.

#14 TIM JOHNSON VS. MARCELO GOLM

WINNER: TIMOTHY JOHNSON VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARCELO GOLM VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Not much of a barnburner here. Johnson just grinded, as he usually does.

MICHEL PRAZERES VS. DESMOND GREEN

WINNER: MICHEL PRAZERES VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHEL PRAZERES VIA TKO

Andrews: I thought Green would try to punish Prazeres for missing weight by tiring him out, but Michel had more than enough starch to pile up the points. Golden opportunity missed by Green.

VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS. PRISCILA CACHOEIRA 

WINNER: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 4:25

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA TKO

Andrews: This fight turned out to be a mismatch, aided by some atrocious refereeing by Mario Yamasaki. This is not the first time Yamasaki has not saved fighters from unnecessary strikes. Cachoeira, who has been training MMA for under two years, never had a chance against the veteran Valentina. This was a beating.

MAIN EVENT

#13 LYOTO MACHIDA VS. ERYK ANDERS

WINNER: LYOTO MACHIDA VIA SD (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ERYK ANDERS VIA TKO

Andrews: Yes, Machida won in a classically elusive performance, but it wasn’t impressive enough to volley him up the rankings. I do like the callout with Bisping. Let both of them retire after that one.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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