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.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders to headline UFC Fight Night 125

Eryk Anders called for a fight with former UFC champion Lyoto Machida, and that’s what he’ll get next.

A middleweight bout between Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) and the undefeated Anders (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is set to headline UFC Fight Night 125, which takes place Feb. 3 in Belem, Brazil, and airs on FS1. MMA-Today.com broke the news, which the UFC later made official.

Machida, the former 205-pound champion, is in the middle of a three-fight losing streak for the first time in his career. The 39-year-old Machida suffered the quickest loss of his career in October at UFC Fight Night 119 at the hands of Derek Brunson. The bout marked Machida’s return to competition after a layoff of 28 months – 18 due to a suspension issued by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

For Anders, the former University of Alabama football star, this will be his first UFC main event in his third promotional appearance. He scored a highlight-reel knockout of Rafael Natal in his July debut. And just last week Anders, 30, dominated Markus Perez for a unanimous-decision win at UFC Fight Night 123.

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

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

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Why UFC-Fresno winner Eryk Anders wants to fight Lyoto Machida on ex-champ's turf

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FRESNO, Calif. – Eryk Anders is only two fights into his UFC career, but he’s already aiming high.

After earning a unanimous-decision win over Markus Perez (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a battle of unbeaten middleweights on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 123, Anders (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) used his time on the mic to ask for a fight with former UFC light heavyweight champion and onetime 185-pound title challenger Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC).

Backstage, Anders detailed why he not only wants to fight “The Dragon” – but would like to do so on the ex-champ’s turf.

“He has a very similar style to Markus’,” Anders said after the FS1-televised main-card bout at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. “(He’s) probably a little bit more precise with the strikes. Obviously, much more experienced. A former titleholder. I love the hostile environment. There’s no more hostile place on Earth, I feel like, than in the cage, in a ring, with a Brazilian in Brazil.

Lyoto Machida

“Especially a guy that’s held in such high regard as Lyoto Machida. He’s a little bit better than Markus Perez, and I think I can get there and find that home on that chin.”

While it’s a callout that not many would expect, it was a smart one for the surging Anders, especially considering the UFC’s next Brazilian foray, set for Feb. 3 in Belem do Para, takes place in the city that Machida called home for most his life.

It remains to be seen if now-middleweight Machida, who suffered losses to Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Derek Brunson in his past three fights, will want to take on a hungry up-and-comer almost a decade his junior in Anders. But “The Dragon” recently said he’s neither retiring nor ruling out the Feb. 3 card.

Meanwhile, Anders is set to go to Brazil with his wife to relax after what’s been quite a successful few months. Anders was last seen at UFC on FOX 25 July, when a knockout win over now-retired Rafael Natal guaranteed some eyeballs toward the former Alabama football player.

Despite his dominance, Anders couldn’t get the first-round finish that he wanted on Saturday. That, Anders said, probably had something to do with his own display in the opening frame, in which he caught himself “headhunting” instead of picking his shots.

On the other hand, by staying in there for three rounds, at least Anders was able to showcase other aspects of his game.

“I’m well-prepared, well-conditioned and well-coached,” Anders said. “So, no matter where the fight takes place, whether I’m on my back as I was in the first round – he had that thing, I think it was the D’Arce or the Anaconda, sunk in a little bit. I was able to fight out of it.

“I’ve got great training partners who try to choke me out all the time, so no matter where the fight takes place, I’m well-prepared, and I’m able to slow it down. And find a way to get out of the position and get a dominant position.”

To hear more from Anders, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 123 results: Eryk Anders dominates Markus Perez, calls out Lyoto Machida

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Eryk Anders did plenty to try to put Markus Perez away, but the UFC newcomer managed to always just survive him.

But Anders (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) did plenty right in a lopsided unanimous decision over Perez (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), even if he couldn’t get a highlight-reel finish the way he did in his promotional debut earlier this year. Anders won with scores of 30-26, 30-25, 29-28.

The middleweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 123 event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

After the fight, Anders used his opportunity on the microphone with Paul Felder to call out former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, now a middleweight, for a fight in Belem, Brazil, on Feb. 3.

Perez kicked high early, then went low hoping to create some distance. Perez danced on the outside with Anders stalking him. Thirty seconds in, Anders clinched Perez up, then defended Perez’s judo throw attempt. When they broke, Perez landed a knee, then tried the high kick again. Anders landed a counter right hand, then closed teh distance again rather than stay in striking range. They traded position on the fence and looked for knees. Midway through, Perez scooped Anders up and dropped him for an impressive takedown.

Perez squeezed on a choke attempt, but Anders worekd out of it and got back to his feet. He landed a punch, tehn ducked away from a spinning backfist from Perez, who laughed at the exchange. With 90 seconds left, they went back to the center and Anders landed a knee, then a body shot. He ducked under a spinning Perez elbow, then took Perez’s back standing. Anders chased Perez down late in the round and made it appear as if the second round might look a lot more like his UFC debut.

Anders came out like a steamroller in the second. He just missed with big punches, then 30 seconds in slid away from a cartwheel kick attempt from Perez, who again laughed it up – though Anders wasn’t amused. A minute in, Anders landed a big uppercut, then a follow-up, but Perez survived it and worked through. Perez fired off a couple kicks, but Anders dropped him with a huge left hand, then a kick.

Perez slowed down, then ate another left from Anders. With three minutes left, Anders landed a knee, then barely missed with a left hand. Anders swung for a home-run punch with two minutes left, and it forced Perez to shoot for a takedown. With 90 seconds left, Perez went to the canvas, and Anders followed him down for big punches and plenty of time to work for a finish. But Perez survived to see the third.

Right away in the third, Anders put Perez on the canvas with a combination, then followed him down. Perez tried to work out, and when he got back to his feet he had to eat plenty of punches. Perez looked exhausted, but Anders didn’t look like he had a ton of energy, himself. Perez held a one-armed guillotine, but it was mostly defensive to keep Anders from hitting him. Midway through, Anders popped out and worked ground-and-pound. With 45 seconds left, Anders went back to his feet briefly, but wrapped up the fight controlling Perez on the canvas.

Anders stayed unbeaten and moved to 2-0 in the UFC. Perez suffered the first loss of his pro career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 123 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Fresno.)

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After KO loss, ex-UFC-champ Lyoto Machida says 'giving up will never be an option'

Lyoto Machida’s long-awaited octagon return may not have ended as planned, but it would appear “The Dragon” isn’t done just yet.

Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) suffered the quickest loss of his career this past Saturday, at UFC Fight Night 119, at the hands of fellow headliner Derek Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC). The middleweight bout marked Machida’s return to competition after a layoff of 28 months – 18 due to a suspension issued by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Four days after the event, the 39-year-old ex-champ took to social media to thanks his fans, saying that “yes, ‘The Dragon is back and giving up will never be an option.”

“My biggest loss would be giving up the dream that once was my blessing,” Machida said. “An even bigger loss would be inspiring you not to go ahead when all you need to do is to keep your head up and go on.”

Here’s the full message (via Instagram):

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“I would like to thank all the support I’ve received from my fans! I’m home, with my family, recovering from a result that didn’t come, but with a sense of achievement, since anyone could have given up the idea of returning to the battlefield after almost 2 years away from the sports.

“My biggest loss would be giving up the dream that once was my blessing. An even bigger loss would be inspiring you not to go ahead when all you need to do is to keep your head up and go on.

“Thus, I thank you all for the messages full of affection and strength. Saying that the Dragon is back and then giving up will never be an option!

“The day I decided I wouldn’t stop fighting, I wanted to show you that, regardless of all the hardship of life, you are either a figher or a quitter. What defines a man in his essence is not losing or winning, but his journey for what he believes. Once more, thank you for being by my side. I will always count on your support, and know that I will be supporting you back.”

Machida, who was issued a 60-day mandatory medical suspension following the loss, is now on a three-fight skid. Before Saturday, he’d suffered a knockout loss to Yoel Romero and a submission setback to former middleweight titleholder Luke Rockhold. Machida’s last win was in 2014 – a first-round knockout of C.B. Dollaway.

Brunson, who’s the No. 10 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, is now two fights removed from a controversial loss to former champion Anderson Silva. Prior to that, he was on a five-fight winning streak. Brunson’s last six wins have been first-round finishes.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Fight Night 119 medical suspensions: Headliner Lyoto Machida out 60 days

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida must spend two months on the bench after a knockout loss to Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 119.

That’s according to medical suspensions today obtained by MMAjunkie from the Brazilian Athletic Commission of MMA (CABMMA), which regulated the event this past Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The event aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Machida’s (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) first-round knockout loss to Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) left him at 1-4 in his past five outings.

Another serious suspension from the event was issued to bantamweight Marlon Vera, who could potentially be out six months if an X-ray validates an injury to his left foot. Vera (10-4-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) suffered a unanimous-decision loss to slugger John Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) on the FS1-televised main card.

All fighters from the card received a minimum suspension of 14 days with seven days of no contact during training. With the exception of Vera, CABMMA did not provide details on the nature of the fighters’ suspensions.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 119 medical suspensions, aside from the customary 14-day terms, include:

  • Lyoto Machida: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact
  • Colby Covington: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Demian Maia: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Jack Hermansson: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Marlon Vera: suspended 180 days or until left foot is cleared early by X-ray; regardless, suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Niko Price: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Jared Gordon: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Hacran Dias: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Max Griffin: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Christian Colombo: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC makes debut in Belem, Brazil, with UFC Fight Night event on Feb. 3

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Just as Lyoto Machida was set to headline a UFC card in Brazil, the organization has announced a future fight card in “The Dragon’s” hometown of Belem.

A UFC Fight Night event will takes place Feb. 3 in at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. The card is likely to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC officials announced the event, which is the first to be officially announced for the 2018 schedule, during Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 broadcast.

Although former UFC light heavyweight champion Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) is the most notable fighter on the roster from Belem, other names such as lightweight Michel Prazeres (23-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and bantamweight Iuri Alcantara (34-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) also come from the area.

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

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UFC Fight Night 119 video highlights: Derek Brunson vs. Lyoto Machida

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Derek Brunson turned himself into a “Dragon” slayer in a big way Saturday night.

Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) destroyed former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) with a first-round knockout in their UFC Fight Night 119 middleweight headliner. It was the first fight in 28 months for “The Dragon,” who was out cold in front of his home Brazilian fans courtesy of several Brunson left hands.

Check out the video highlights above.

The middleweight bout was the main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 card at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The main card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Derek Brunson believes Luke Rockhold puts him 1 fight from title shot

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SAO PAULO – Credit UFC light heavyweight champion and commentator Daniel Cormier for bringing middleweight Derek Brunson out of his shell.

Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), the No. 10 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, admitted he didn’t have any post-fight callout planned after a first-round knockout of ex-champ Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC)at UFC Fight Night 119. But Cormier asked, so he thought quick.

“It just kind of came to me at the last minute,” Brunson said after he called out ex-champ Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in the wake of his FS1-televised headliner at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

The reasons for the matchup aren’t hard to name, either. Rockhold is an ex-champion, and wins over ex-champions get you title opportunities.

Certainly Brunson’s perforance against Machida, a once-dominant force in the octagon, advanced his interests. So why not go for the type of foe that cuts to the chase?

“He’s a top-level guy,” Brunson said of Rockhold, who just so happens to be unbooked following a win over ex-WSOF champ David Branch this past month. “I think it would be a great matchup. I think I can put hands on him, touch that chin, and I could put him down also.

“A win over Rockhold would definitely get me next for a title shot.”

First up, it’s a detour for the UFC’s 185-pound class as ex-welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre takes on champ Michael Bisping at UFC 217. Then as soon as he’s healthy, interim champ Robert Whittaker will unify the belt against the winner. After that, the options get more diverse.

Brunson said the MMA media regularly disregards his accomplishments in the UFC. That’s because he’s zigged where he should have zagged at some pretty important points in his career – losses to ex-champ Anderson Silva and champ Whittaker being the best examples.

Right now, he’s trying to prove to himself as much as the rest of the world that his success isn’t fleeting. And if he stays patient, big opportunities will arise sooner than later.

“I’ve definitely had a crazy career, but I’m starting to put it together and take my time,” Brunson said. “I can really do some damage if I just take my time.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to Derek Brunson's brutal KO of returning Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 119

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Derek Brunson spoiled Lyoto Machida’s return to competition after more than two years on Saturday when he defeated the former UFC champion in the UFC Fight Night 119 headliner.

Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) was determined to continue his momentum in the UFC middleweight division and did so with a first-round knockout victory over Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) in the FS1-televised main event bout at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, helping him hold a spot as a top contender in the weight class.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Brunson’s victory over Machida at UFC Fight Night 119.

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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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