UFC 124 Results: 10 Burning Questions Heading into UFC 125
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will go on a holiday break following Saturday night's event in Montreal. UFC 124 saw Georges St. Pierre totally dominate Josh Koscheck in the main event to retain his UFC welterweight championship.
Other results from the card:
Stefan Struve TKO’d Sean McCorkle at 3:55 of Round 1.
Mac Danzig KO’d Joe Stevenson at 1:54 of Round 1.
Thiago Alves def. John Howard by unanimous decision.
Dan Miller def. Joe Doerksen by split decision.
Jim Miller sub. (kneebar) Charles Oliveira at 1:59 of Round 1.
Mark Bocek sub. (triangle) Dustin Hazelett at 2:33 of Round. 1.
Ricardo Almeida def. T.J. Grant by unanimous decision.
John Makdessi def. Pat Audinwood by unanimous decision.
Sean Pierson def. Matt Riddle by unanimous decision.
Rafael Natal vs Jesse Bongfeldt ended in a draw.
The next UFC event will be held on January 1, 2011 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between UFC champion Frankie Edgar and the challenger Gray Maynard.
Following are 10 burning questions heading into the New Year's Day event.
Can Frankie Edgar Avenge the Only Loss of His MMA Career?
Frankie Edgar captured the UFC lightweight title from mixed martial arts legend B.J. Penn in a very controversial decision back in April of 2010. Many thought the fight should have gone Penn's way.
He then soundly defeated Penn in their rematch at UFC 118 in August of this year.
The fight on January 1, 2011, against Gray Maynard will be his second defense of the belt, and it will have some added drama since the only blemish on Edgar's record is a loss to Maynard in 2008.
Can Edgar make amends for that defeat at UFC 125 or will he fall to 0-2 against Maynard?
Will Gray Maynard Remain Unbeaten and Be Crowned UFC Champion?
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Gray Maynard's record is 10-0 with one no contest in his MMA career.
He has run through some big names in those fights: Kenny Florian, Nate Diaz, Roger Huerta, Jim Miller and the current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Maynard, who owns one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history at nine seconds, will look to continue his unbeaten streak with this fight.
This should be an interesting main event, with the champion looking to redeem himself by defeating the only man to have beaten him, and another fighter looking to remain undefeated and become a UFC champion.
Is Brandon Vera in a Must-Win Situation in His Fight With Thiago Silva?
Brandon Vera has lost his last two fights, meaning he is only one loss away from the dreaded three-straight UFC loss release. Vera's two losses came at the hands of Randy Couture and Jon Jones, so he may get a pass due to the level of competition in those losses, but you never know. Gerald Harris was released after one loss.
Silva should also be concerned. He is 1-2 in his last three fights, defeating Keith Jardine while losing to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.
I would not be surprised if the loser of this fight found themselves out of the UFC due to the fact that they are competing in what is arguably the toughest weight division in the promotion.
Did Brian Stann Make a Mistake in Asking For A Fight With Chris Leben?
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When Brian Stann was looking for an opponent for his next fight he spoke to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and asked for Chris Leben. Leben had no fight scheduled as he waited for Wanderlei Silva to recover from his surgery and obliged Stann and accepted the fight.
Has Stann, the former WEC light heavyweight champion, asked for too much in this fight?
Will Dong Hyun Kim's Undefeated Streak End at tHe Hands oF Nate Diaz?
Dong Hyun Kim will bring a record of 13-0-1 into his bout with Nate Diaz.
Diaz, the winner of "The Ultimate Fighter Season Five," will enter the cage with a record of 13-5 and on a two-fight winning streak.
A win for Kim could move him into the Top 20 in the welterweight division, and a win for Diaz would probably mean the same.
This is an important fight for these two competitors.
How Will Antonio McKee Do?
Antonio McKee will make his UFC debut at UFC 125. The 40-year-old fighter has often been called one of the most boring mixed martial arts fighters due to his overabundance of decision victories. Of his 23 wins, 18 have been via decision.
Before his last fight against Luciano Azevedo, McKee stated that he would retire if he did not finish the fight. McKee did win the fight via doctor stoppage in the first round after he bloodied Azevedo with an elbow.
That stoppage and a submission win in his previous fight earned him the attention of the UFC, who offered him a four-fight contract.
His first fight under that deal will be against the 11-2 Jacob Volkman. Volkman's only two losses have come at the hands of Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann. His last fight was a unanimous decision victory over Paul Kelly in August of this year.
Now that he has hit the big leagues, will McKee play it safe or will he try and finish Volkmann?
This preliminary fight should not be missed.
Takanori Gomi Vs. Clay Guida: Who Rises, Who Falls?
Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi will meet Clay Guida at UFC 125. Both fighters are on an upswing as of late.
Gomi lost his UFC debut to Kenny Florian in March of this year but rebounded nicely with a 1:04 knockout of Tyson Griffin in August.
Guida followed up losses to Florian and Diego Sanchez with submission wins over Shannon Gugerty and Rafael dos Anjos.
This lightweight bout should be a good one, and the winner will move up in the rankings. Will a victory put them in the Top 10 in a stacked UFC weightclass? That's tough to answer at this point, but a victory in this fight should earn the winner a shot at a Top 10 fighter in their next bout.
If Mike Brown and Josh Grispi Both Win, Who's Next for Jose Aldo?
Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown will fight Diego Nunes on the preliminary card at UFC 125.
Nunes comes into the bout at 15-1 and ranked as the No. 10 featherweight by Sherdog.
Brown, who lost his title to Aldo, is the No.3 ranked featherweight behind Aldo and Manny Gamburyan.
Aldo was slated to fight Josh Grispi at UFC 125 but was removed from the card due to a neck injury. Aldo's camp told Sherdog that he was starting rehab and could be ready to fight in three months time.
Grispi, the No. 8 featherweight, will face Dustin Poirier in Vegas on New Year's Day. The 8-1 Poirier is unranked by Sherdog.
Obviously a win is not guaranteed, but Brown and Grispi are favored in their fights, so if they both win, who gets the shot at Aldo?
Is This the End of the UFC Road for Phil?
Baroni, fighting on the preliminary card against Brad Tavares, has not won a UFC fight since 2002. Baroni's last fight with the UFC was a loss in November 2009 to Amir Sadollah.
Baroni was out of the UFC from February 2005 until November 2009. His overall mixed martial arts record is 13-12, while his UFC record stands at 3-6.
Baroni spoke to Sherdog.com earlier in the month and had this to say about what a loss in the fight would mean for him.
"They’re (UFC) going to cut me. I’m pretty sure they would. Should they? No, because I come to fight. … But you’ve got to win. Winning takes care of everything. So I need a win. I’ve probably forgot more than this kid (Tavares) knows. I plan on winning.
"This is it for me. Let’s be serious. My back’s against the wall, but you know what? I’ve been here before. I’ve been here for the last six or seven years. I better win this fight or I’m done. If I don’t win this fight, it’s over.”
Will the Fights Removed From Event Impact the Fight Card?
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The original co-main event was to be Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson. That fight was scrapped in October when Carwin had to undergo surgery for an injury to his back. The UFC did not find a replacement for Carwin due to the fact that they also had to remove Nelson from the card since he is under contract to a different fight promotion.
The other big fight to be pulled from the card was Jose Aldo defending his newly established UFC featherweight title against Josh Grispi. Aldo was forced off the card in late November due to a compacted vertebrae.
Grispi remains on the card, competing against Dustin Poirier. The bad news for Grispi is that with Aldo out, his fight was dropped from the main card to the preliminary card.