It all goes down later tonight (Sat., Feb. 3, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 125 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Guilherme Paraense in Belem, Brazil, when former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida looks to knock off rising undefeated middleweight contender Eryk Anders. In addition to the main event, former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko will make her flyweight debut against undefeated Brazilian prospect Priscila Cachoeira.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on FS1 starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Night 125′s “Prelims” action will also go down on Fight Pass starting at 7:30 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 2 starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC Fight Night 125 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Sergio Moraes vs. Tim Means
In the FS2 “Prelims” headliner, welterweight submission expert Moraes (13-3-1) looked to bounce back from a recent knockout loss to Kamaru Usman when he took on wily veteran Means (27-10-1, 1 NC). Moraes opted to pull guard 30 seconds into the fight and dragged the bigger Means on top of him. Means defended nicely and got back to his feet, where Moraes started to catch “Dirty Bird” with countless power hooks. In Round 2, Moraes continued his assault on the inside, launching looping punches every time Means came into range. Means worked on the outer edges with his jab and short kicks to the Brazilian’s lead leg. Means caught Moraes with a stiff left hand, but Moraes responded with hard shots to the body. Means came back with a combination on the exit, which finally pushed Moraes back. In Round 3, Means started to push the pace and move forward, but Moraes kept swinging for the fences and created some hesitation in the veteran. Moraes came back with a big kick to the body and head, as Means took his time with his lead jab, hard knees inside, and digging punches to the body. Means kept landing and really started to break down the Brazilian, but Moraes dropped to the canvas and invited the grappling exchange. In the end, it was Moraes who walked away with the split-decision win.
Alan Patrick vs. Damir Hadzovic
The lone lightweight bout on the card saw Brazilian veteran Patrick (15-1) lock horns with Bosnian knockout artist Hadzovic (11-4). Both men exchanged early inside, but it was Patrick who secured a quick takedown after Hadzovic bolted in for a knee. Hadzovic returned favor by landing a hard short elbow in the clinch. Patrick came back and scored another takedown, but Hadzovic quickly threatened with a slick arm bar attempt off his back. Patrick shook it off and landed heavy ground-and-pound from full guard. In Round 2, Patrick aggressively pushed the pace with combinations on the go before going back to the takedown along the cage. Patrick took Hadzovic’s back and nearly sunk in the rear-naked choke finish, but Hadzovic defended nicely with his chin tucked and his hands busy. Patrick would ride out the position for the remaining minutes of the frame. The third and final round saw Patrick land a nice flying knee inside. Hadzovic returned favor with a few body shots before the Brazilian yet again dragged him to the ground. Patrick was still unable to pass Hadzovic’s guard, but Hadzovic did little to transition off his back. The Brazilian kept the pressure on and worked for another submission finish, but Hadzovic held on, fought the hands, and refused to give in to a stoppage. Instead, Patrick would have to settle for the unanimous decision win.
Maia Stevenson vs. Polyana Viana
Streaking women’s flyweight veteran Stevenson (6-5) made her Octagon debut against top-flight Brazilian finisher Vianna (10-1), who has finished all of her professional wins by knockout or submission. Stevenson opened up with a nice combination before Viana secured a quick takedown off a counter right hand. The Brazilian then looked to lock up an arm bar, but a bloodied Stevenson fought well. Viana did more work along the cage with hard knees in the clinch before dragging Stevenson back to the canvas and scoring some heavy ground-and-pound. Stevenson was forced to give up her back and Viana wasted no time sinking in the rear-naked choke in Round 1.
Iuri Alcantara vs. Joe Soto
Sparking off the FS2 preliminary card was a bantamweight matchup pitting former UFC title challenger Soto (18-7) against Brazilian veteran Alcantara (36-9, 1 NC). Alcantara landed a heavy body kick early, while Soto shot inside to close the distance. Alcantara kept the pressure on with body shots that hurt the former title challenger. The Brazilian followed his efforts up with hard elbows inside before Soto dropped to the canvas and the referee jumped in for the early TKO stoppage.
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
The opening bout of the evening saw undefeated flyweight prospect Figueiredo (14-0) take on 23-year-old finisher Morales (9-1). Figueiredo swept early for a quick takedown. Morales did well to tie the hands up and land a few upkicks when there was spacing. Figueiredo kept the pressure on with some good stiff punches and elbows from full guard. When the action returned the feet Figueiredo caught Morales with a sticky left jab that dropped the youngster. Figueiredo quickly went for a guillotine choke, but Morales hung on until the end of the frame. In Round 2, Figueiredo connected on a superman punch before attacking the body of Morales. Morales tried to lock up a guillotine during an exchange inside, but Figueiredo sneaked his head out and gained top control. Morales did a good job once again limiting damage. Morales landed a big counter right hand when the action returned to the feet, but Figueiredo returned favor with a nasty left hook that dropped Morales. Morales covered up as Figueiredo rained down heavy ground-and-pound until the referee jumped in for the second-round TKO stoppage.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 125 fight card, starting with the UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.
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