Official poster and latest card for 'UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders'

Dann StuppCheck out the official fight poster and latest 12-bout lineup for next month’s “UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders” event.

UFC Fight Night 125 takes place Feb. 3 at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Pera, Brazil. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t bee finalized.

The event poster, which features the traditional Brazilian colors that are often part of the UFC-Brazil promotional efforts, features the top three bouts.

Here it is, with a note from a first-time UFC headliner (via Twitter):

In the headliner, former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC), who’s No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, takes on undefeated and fast-rising prospect Eryk Anders (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who could score his biggest victory to date.

Also on the card are No. 14 bantamweight Pedro Munhoz (15-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) vs. rankings honorable mention John Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC), as well as No. 2 women’s bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. promotional newcomer Priscila Cachoeira (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at flyweight.

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
  • Douglas de Andrade vs. Marlon Vera
  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Joe Soto
  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
  • Polyana Viana vs. Maia Stevenson

For more on UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz booked for UFC Fight Night 125

John Dodson couldn’t beat a Brazilian in last fight, but he’s set to try again – this time on Brazilian soil.

The UFC announced tonight that Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has been booked to face Pedro Munhoz (15-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 125, which takes place Feb. 3 at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Brazil. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Dodson has hit a rough patch in his career during the past two-and-half years. Including a loss to champion Demetrious Johnson in September 2015, Dodson his 2-3 in his last five fights, which includes two close split calls. In his most recent bout in November at UFC Fight Night 120, Dodson was surprised to drop a split decision to Marlon Moraes.

Now Dodson will look to rebound against Munhoz, who is riding a four-fight winning streak that dates back to July 2016. Three of those wins have come by guillotine choke, including his last fight vs. Rob Font in October at UFC Fight Night 119.

Munhoz has lost just one in his native country, to Jimmie Rivera by split decision in Sao Paulo back in November 2015.

The latest UFC Fight Night 125 card includes:

  • Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida
  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
  • Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Anthony Smith
  • Luis Henrique vs. Timothy Johnson
  • Priscila Cachoeira vs. Valentina Shevchenko
  • Polyana Viana vs. Maia Stevenson
  • Damir Hadzovic vs. Alan Patrick
  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Joe Soto
  • Desmond Green vs. Michel Prazeres
  • John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz

For more on UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Marlon Moraes gets nod in bizarrely scored split over John Dodson

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Marlon Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) recovered from a disappointing UFC debut, standing toe-to-toe with John Dodson (19-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and walking away with an oddly scored decision win.

The bantamweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

Moraes started quickly, chopping the leg at the opening bell and looking to bully the smaller man. Dodson looked to counter with speed, moving in and out of range, but Moraes continued his steady diet of kicks to all levels. Dodson was the first to land flush, landing a left hand straight down the middle that sent Moraes to the floor, but he quickly popped back up and seemed fully recovered.

A nasty Moraes low kick then landed flush to the groin, forcing a timeout as Dodson dry-heaved a bit but insisted on continuing as quickly as possible. Moraes seized back a little momentum on the restart, and Dodson appeared a bit hesitant. A Moraes eye poke drew another warning in the final seconds, and both men seemed a little agitated at the bell.

The pace was quick to start the third, with both men winging heavy punches. Moraes’ right hand started to find its range as Dodson tried to dart in and out of the pocket. A Dodson takedown saw Moraes attack the leg, forcing a scramble and a restart on the feet. Dodson continued to fight with a scowl on his face, and the pace remained high. Moraes was the one moving forward, but Dodson countered at every opportunity, continuing his relentless movement.

With the first rounds so tightly contested, both men needed to capitalize in the third. Moraes again controlled the center, but Dodson was able to move in and out range with continued success. Moraes briefly slipped in the center, and Dodson tried to flurry on an off-balance opponent, but Moraes eventually recovered and reset. Dodson started to find real success in the closing minutes, with Moraes’ output slowing just a touch. Moraes looked for a late takedown, and the referee called for a surprisingly fast restart. With just seconds remaining, Moraes latched on to a guillotine choke, falling to his back, and Dodson appeared to tap just slightly after the end of the round, bringing a thrilling close to an entertaining contest.

In the end, one judge thought Dodson earned all three rounds, but the other two gave Moraes scores of 30-27, awarding him the split nod. Afterward, Moraes had strong words for fellow bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera, challenging him to a Dec. 30 meeting.

“I fight with my heart in there and listen to my coaches,” Moraes said after the win. “I really put my heart in there, and my coaches all think I won, so I think I won. His style is a little bit unique, but I wasn’t impressed at all. People have hit me harder and faster, but he did have a different style.

“Jimmie Rivera is the fight to make. We were supposed to fight, but he didn’t want to fight me. Let’s fight. He has no opponent.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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Ray Borg coach credits John Dodson as key player in prep for UFC champ Demetrious Johnson

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LAS VEGAS – Ray Borg didn’t have to look far for advice on what it’s like to face UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Jackson Wink MMA striking coach Brandon Gibson said Johnson’s two-time opponent, John Dodson, played a key role in Borg’s preparation for his title fight Saturday at UFC 216.

“He’s gone in there and pushed Ray in the hard rounds,” Gibson told reporters at open workouts for Borg’s (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) fight against Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) in the pay-per-view co-headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “Dodson’s one of those guys I think can show speed similar to Demetrious, with power behind it.

“So it’s been great having Dodson in the gym. He’s taken Ray under his wing like a little brother, and he’s given him a lot of insight on what he felt in those 50 minutes.”

That insight stops short of victory, of course. Johnson defeated Dodson on two separate occasions, bringing the team to 0-3 against the champ and his camp at AMC Pankration.

Still, you could do worse for advice. Dodson managed to drop Johnson multiple times in their first meeting. Borg can use all the help he can get.

Watch the above video for Gibson’s thoughts on the fight.

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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John Dodson says he's fighting Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 120 in Virginia

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This fall’s UFC Fight Night 120 lineup has an intriguing bantamweight addition.

Former flyweight title challenger John Dodson (19-8 MMA, 8-3 UFC) is slated to fight former WSOF champion Marlon Moraes (18-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the November show.

Dodson recently announced the fight following a report from Farah Hannoun (via Twitter):

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Nov. 11 at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Dodson, who’s No. 14 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, is 2-1 since moving up to bantamweight following a 2015 title loss to 125-pound champ Demetrious Johnson. In his most recent bout, the 32-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA fighter and “TUF 14” champion rebounded from a split-decision defeat to John Lineker with a unanimous-decision victory over Eddie Wineland in April.

He now meet No. 8-ranked Moraes, a longtime WSOF champ who made his long-awaited UFC debut – while sporting a 13-fight winning streak – in June. The 29-year-old Brazilian, who set a WSOF record with five consecutive title defenses, then suffered a narrow split-decision defeat to fellow contender Raphael Assuncao at UFC 212.

The latest UFC Fight Night 120 card includes:

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
  • Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon
  • Viviane Pereira vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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