A pair of fights has been added to the UFC’s return to Brazil next month, bringing the fight card up to a dozen bouts.
Tim Means (27-9-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) is set to meet Sergio Moraes (12-3-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) in a welterweight fight. And at bantamweight, Douglas de Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will take on Marlon Vera (10-4-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC). UFC officials recently announced the new bookings.
UFC Fight Night 125 takes place Feb. 3 at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Brazil. The event will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Means is coming off a split-decision loss to Belal Muhammad in November in Sydney and has dropped two of his past three. But that didn’t keep him from recently re-signing with the UFC on a new deal. Prior to the loss to Muahmmad, he beat Alex Garcia this past June to get back in the win column after a submission loss to Alex Oliveira.
Brazil’s Moraes will be looking to get back on track, as well. In September, he was knocked out by Kamaru Usman at UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh to derail a seven fight unbeaten streak that saw him go 6-0-1 over a span of nearly five years.
De Andrade started his career 22-0 before dropping a decision to Zubaira Tukhugov in his UFC debut nearly four years ago. His fights have been few and far between since then, but he rebounded from that first loss with a pair of UFC wins, including a bonus-winning TKO of Henry Briones in November 2016. But this past July at UFC 213, his first fight in the U.S. and just his second outside Brazil, he was submitted by Rob Font.
Ecuador’s Vera had a three-fight winning streak derailed this past October in front of his home fans in Brazil when he dropped a unanimous decision to John Lineker. Prior to that, his three-fight run included a bonus-winning TKO of Brad Pickett and a submission of Brian Kelleher.
The latest UFC Fight Night 125 card includes:
- Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders
- John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
- Priscila Cachoeira vs. Valentina Shevchenko
- Desmond Green vs. Michel Prazeres
- Marcelo Golm vs. Timothy Johnson
- Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Anthony Smith
- Tim Means vs. Sergio Moraes
- Damir Hadzovic vs. Alan Patrick
- Iuri Alcantara vs. Joe Soto
- Douglas de Andrade vs. Marlon Vera
- Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
- Polyana Viana vs. Maia Stevenson