UFC 125: Resolution was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on January 1, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.[3]

UFC 125: Resolution
The poster for UFC 125: Resolution.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJanuary 1, 2011
VenueMGM Grand Garden Arena
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
Total gate$2,174,780[1]
Event chronology
UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck 2 UFC 125: Resolution UFC: Fight for the Troops 2


The planned rematch between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen from their UFC 117 bout was at one point thought to take place at this event.[4][5]

On October 26, 2010, Shane Carwin had to pull out of his fight with Roy Nelson due to a back injury that required surgery. Nelson was then pulled from the card altogether.[6]

On October 28, 2010, UFC president Dana White announced that World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) would merge with the UFC and that WEC Featherweight Champion José Aldo would be promoted to UFC Featherweight Champion.[7] Josh Grispi was pulled from a planned WEC 52 bout with Erik Koch to challenge Aldo for the Featherweight title at this event.[8] However, Aldo was later forced off the card with an injury.[9] Grispi remained on the card and fought Dustin Poirier.[10]

A lightweight bout between Cole Miller and Matt Wiman, which was originally scheduled to take place at this event, was moved to UFC: Fight For The Troops 2.[11]

UFC 125 preliminary fights were shown live for the first time on Ion Television in the United States.[12] The preliminary fights were shown live in the United Kingdom on ESPN, Rogers Sportsnet in Canada[13] and Fuel TV in Australia.[14]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Frankie Edgar (c) vs. Gray Maynard Draw (split) (46–48, 48–46, 47–47) 5 5:00 [a]
Middleweight Brian Stann def. Chris Leben TKO (knee and punches) 1 3:37
Light Heavyweight Thiago Silva def. Brandon Vera N/C (overturned) 3 5:00
Welterweight Dong Hyun Kim def. Nate Diaz Decision (unanimous)

(29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Lightweight Clay Guida def. Takanori Gomi Submission (guillotine choke) 2 4:27
Preliminary card (Ion TV)
Lightweight Jeremy Stephens def. Marcus Davis KO (punch) 3 2:33
Featherweight Dustin Poirier def. Josh Grispi Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Brad Tavares def. Phil Baroni KO (knees and punches) 1 4:20
Preliminary card
Featherweight Diego Nunes def. Mike Brown Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Daniel Roberts def. Greg Soto Submission (kimura) 1 3:45
Lightweight Jacob Volkmann def. Antonio McKee Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00

Bonus AwardsEdit

Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.[15]

  • Fight of the Night: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
  • Knockout of the Night: Jeremy Stephens
  • Submission of the Night: Clay Guida

Reported PayoutEdit

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[16]

  • Frankie Edgar: $102,000 ($51,000 win bonus) vs. Gray Maynard: $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus) ^
  • Brian Stann: $122,000 ($21,000 win bonus) def. Chris Leben: $96,000
  • Thiago Silva: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Vera: $70,000
  • Dong Hyun Kim: $70,000 ($35,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz: $63,000
  • Clay Guida: $62,000 ($31,000 win bonus) def. Takanori Gomi: $50,000
  • Jeremy Stephens: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus) def. Marcus Davis: $31,000
  • Dustin Poirier: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Josh Grispi: $15,000
  • Brad Tavares: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Phil Baroni: $25,000
  • Diego Nunes: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Mike Brown: $23,000
  • Daniel Roberts: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Greg Soto: $8,000
  • Jacob Volkmann: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Antonio McKee: $15,000

^Although not reflected in the NSAC paperwork, both Edgar and Maynard received their win bonuses despite the draw.


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  2. ^ "UFC 127, 128 PPV Buyrate Updates".
  3. ^ "UFC 125: Resolution". ufc.com. October 21, 2010.
  4. ^ http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2010/09/07/chael-sonnen-vs-anderson-silva-ii-possible-for-new-year%E2%80%99s-day-event/
  5. ^ http://mmafrenzy.com/15857/anderson-silva-vs-chael-sonnen-frankie-edgar-vs-gray-maynard-possible-for-ufc-125/
  6. ^ "Injured Shane Carwin pulls out of UFC 125 co-main event with Roy Nelson". Archived from the original on 2013-01-29.
  7. ^ "New UFC Featherweight champ Jose Aldo defends title at UFC 125". Archived from the original on 2013-01-29.
  8. ^ Fernando Quiles Jr. (29 October 2010). "UFC 125: Jose Aldo vs Josh Grispi in the works for Jan. 1 in Las Vegas".
  9. ^ "Injury forces new UFC champ Jose Aldo to withdraw from UFC 125". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11.
  10. ^ "With Jose Aldo out, Dustin Poirier faces Josh Grispi at UFC 125". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14.
  11. ^ "Miller vs. Wiman, Freire vs. Lowe official for UFC Fight Night 23".
  12. ^ "Ion Television lands UFC 125 prelims; Dana White promises three fights". mmajunkie.com. December 28, 2010. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012.
  13. ^ "UFC 125 prelims air live on ESPN in U.K., Rogers Sportsnet in Canada". mmajunkie.com. 2010-12-29.
  14. ^ "Fuel TV to broadcast Live UFC action". foxsports.com.au. 2010-12-31.
  15. ^ "UFC 125 bonuses: Edgar, Maynard, Stephens and Guida each earn $60K awards". MMAjunkie.com. January 2, 2011. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012.
  16. ^ "UFC 125 salaries: Thiago Silva and Frankie Edgar top $872K fighter payroll".