On Saturday, Feb. 3, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders from the Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil.
In the night’s main event, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida took on surging middleweight Eryk Anders. The 39-year-old Machida found himself in the midst of a three-fight skid, including a first-round knockout loss to Derek Brunson in his return from a two-year suspension from the USADA. Anders, meanwhile, opened his career with 10 straight victories. The former University of Alabama linebacker had scored two straight wins inside the Octagon to earn his first headlining spot.
After a five-round battle, Machida took two of three judges’ scorecards to earn the nod. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko handed Priscila Cachoeira her first loss with a second-round rear-naked choke.
Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
Valentina Shevchenko def. Priscila Cachoeira by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:25
Michel Prazeres vdef. Desmond Green by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Timothy Johnson def. Marcelo Golm by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Marlon Vera unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Thiago Santos def. Anthony Smith by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 1:03
Sérgio Moraes def. Tim Means by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Alan Patrick def. Damir Hadžović by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
Polyana Viana def. Maia Stevenson by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:50
Iuri Alcantara def. Joe Soto by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:06
Deiveson Figueiredo def. Joseph Morales by TKO (punches). Round 2, 4:34
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