UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
FRANKIE EDGAR vs. GRAY MAYNARD
SHANE CARWIN vs. ROY NELSON
CLAY GUIDA vs. TAKANORI GOMI
CHRIS LEBEN vs. BRIAN STANN
NATE DIAZ vs. DONG HYUN KIM
BRANDON VERA vs. THIAGO SILVA
SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2011
Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena – Tickets on Sale Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10am PT
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Each year the Ultimate Fighting Championship® rings in the New Year with a stacked fight card that features instant classics to be enjoyed for years to come – This January 1 will be no different. Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, coming off back-to-back wins over UFC® great BJ Penn, defends his title in a rematch against undefeated No. 1 contender Gray “The Bully” Maynard, heavyweight contender Shane Carwin faces seasoned veteran and The Ultimate Fighter® winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the co-main event and in the featured bouts, the always electric Clay “The Carpenter” Guida will look to impose his frenetic pace on former PRIDE® lightweight champion Takanori Gomi, the relentless Chris Leben faces decorated Marine turned mixed martial artist Brian Stann, submission specialist Nate Diaz takes on the undefeated judo black belt Dong Hyun Kim and the versatile Brandon Vera takes on the dangerous Thiago Silva at UFC 125: RESOLUTION, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, January 1, 2011.
“We always put a huge card together in Vegas to kick off the New Year,” said UFC President Dana White. “As the main event for UFC 125, defending UFC Champion Frankie Edgar is going to take on Gray Maynard who is the only fighter ever to beat him. In the co-main event it’s a heavyweight war with Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson, plus Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi and Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann – this is going to be a killer start to 2011.”
Tickets for UFC 125: RESOLUTION are priced at $600, $450, $350, $250, $125 and $75, not including applicable service charges, and go on sale Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m. PT at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at UFC.com, www.mgmgrand.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com
UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Thursday, October 21 at 10 a.m. PT via the website UFC.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Friday, October 22, starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
UFC 125: RESOLUTION will be available live on Pay-Per-View on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for standard definition or high-definition broadcasts (where available).
After shocking many people in the mixed martial arts world twice in a row, Frankie Edgar (fighting out of Toms River, N.J. / 13-1 professional record) has proven without a doubt that he is the best lightweight in the world. Winner of five consecutive fights and eight out of his last nine in the UFC, including his decisive title defense over BJ Penn at UFC 118, the Summit, New Jersey native looks to avenge his only professional loss, a unanimous decision in 2008 to Gray Maynard. A former college wrestler at Clarion University, the 28-year-old has exponentially improved his boxing and has seamlessly transitioned into a complete mixed martial artist.
“I’m very excited to be fighting New Year’s Day against a fighter that has a win over me,” Edgar said. “I’m looking forward to putting on a great show and avenging my one loss. There are still a lot of people that are doubting me and that’s fine. I’ve learned a lot since our last fight and I plan on successfully defending my title.”