UFC 125 was the event that started off the 2011 year for the mixed martial arts community. The event was filled with high energy moments from the start and ended with a main event that tore the house down. Frankie Edgar weathered a first round barrage like none other from challenger Gray Maynard. Barely escaping that round, Edgar went on to show a level of heart like none other, as he and the challenger went toe to toe for 25 minutes. After everything was said and done, the judges were unable to decide a clear winner, and the main event ended in a draw.
Now, a rematch has already been promised by UFC President Dana White. With that match already planned, here are some suggestions for additional fights to book after what took place at UFC 125.
Brian Stann versus Dan Miller
Former US Marine standout displayed a level of crushing power that few have within the UFC Octagon. Needing less than two minutes he stopped middleweight fan favorite, Chris Leben, with a jarring knee followed by punches. Leben had only been stopped once before in his career by current champion, Anderson Silva. A matchup against Dan Miller would be another step up in the middleweight division for Stann. Miller ended his 2010 on a winning note and bringing his record for the year to 2-2. With a 5-3 record in the Octagon, Miller’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu abilities would offer an interesting clash to Stann’s powerful wrestling and striking.
Thiago Silva versus winner of Jon Jones/Ryan Bader
After nearly exactly a year away from the UFC Octagon, Thiago Silva made a triumphant return to competition by dominating Brandon Vera for three rounds. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt took his opponent down repeatedly, and then used ground and pound to continue the damage. Silva could pose a stout challenge for either Jon Jones or Ryan Bader. The young, light heavyweight prospects are set to battle each other in 2011. At 28 years of age, Silva would be a measuring stick unlike either has faced during their UFC careers. Silva was once a contender for the title before being defeated by two former champions in Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.
Dong Hyun Kim versus Jake Ellenberger
Dong Hyun Kim defeated a very game Nate Diaz in their welterweight matchup at UFC 125. Kim used his Judo grappling skills to take Diaz to the ground and stifle his submission attacks. Kim was able to establish a dominate position in each of the three rounds towards a 29-28 unanimous decision. Kim has not recorded a loss in the UFC, even though a 2009 match against Karo Parisyan was overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. To become a household name to MMA fans an garner the following of a title contender, Kim would have to defeat a very game Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger was defeated during his UFC debut in 2009, but went undefeated in 2010. This matchup could highlight a cable television UFC card and create a potential contender from both of the competitors.
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