Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Feb. 3, 2018) for UFC Fight Night 125 inside Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Brazil, live on FOX Sports 1, which featured a Middleweight fight that saw Lyoto Machida get back in the winning track after scoring a unanimous decision win over Eryk Anders after five rounds of action (recap).
In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko absolutely dominated Priscila Cachoeira, ending the fight with a rear-naked choke in round three (see it), but not before beating her down in any way imaginable.
Biggest Winner: Lyoto Machida
Finally, “The Dragon” IS BACK......in the win column. After suffering three straight defeats, Machida finally got back into the winners circle after putting on a tactical performance against Anders to give him his first win since 2014.
Indeed, he stuck to his word to bring
sexy Karate back, using his old, patient style of fighting to get the victory. Now, Machida can go into his next bout with even more confidence, knowing that he can be himself, fight loose and not have to worry about adding to his woes. Or getting cut. He bought himself at least two more fights inside the eight-walled cage.
Runner Up: Valentina Shevchenko
Valentina’s flyweight debut went off with a bang, dominating Cachoeira for one a half rounds before finally sinking in rear-naked choke to put an end to the beatdown. Granted, Priscila simply didn’t belong in the cage with “Bullet,” but the win was good for Shevchenko, as she now knows what it’s like to fight at a lower weight, added to the confidence she will gain for getting back into the win column after dropping her last bout at Bantamweight.
Expect Shevchenko to earn a top spot in the rankings come next, as she is instantly one of the biggest threats to Nicco Montano’s strap.
Biggest Loser: Mario Yamasaki
I’m sorry, but where in the hell was Yamasaki during the Shevchenko vs Cachoeira fight? Valentina absolutely had her way with the previously undefeated fighter, beating her to a pulp early on the feet, and then absolutely giving it to her on the ground with one vicious strike after another. If she wasn’t in the crucifix position eating blows to the dome, or pressed up against he cage taking one razor-sharp elbow after another, she was getting beatdown by “Bullet” once she had her back. It was a Khaibib-esque performance. In fact, the final total strike comparison tally was 230 to 3. I repeat, 230-3. Thankfully, Shevchenko finally slapped on a rear-naked choke to put an end to the fight. And you know UFC president Dana White had something to say afterward, as he took to Instagram to praise Cachoeira for her toughness, and to absolutely blast Yamasaki, yet again, saying he hopes the longtime official never gets the chance to officiate inside the Octagon ever again.
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