MMA Preview – Thiago Santos vs Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night 125

Date: Sunday 3rd February, 1am (UK)

Location: Belém, Brazil

Venue: Arena Guilherme Paraense

The main card for UFC Fight Night 125 will be ignited with two nasty middleweights in the shape of Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith. These two veterans are in red hot form, both boasting a sizzling three-fight win streak with three incredible knockouts.

Santos’ recent victim sheet includes Jack Marshman, Gerald Meerschaert and Jack Hermansson and Smith’s includes Elvis Mutapcic, Andrew Sanchez and Hector Lombard – all hugely impressive wins and the knockout finishes have put everyone on notice, guiding on them onto the same path.

The most impressive wins both came in their most recent bouts. Jack Hermansson was coming off two knockouts of his own but Santos put him away with a flurry of strikes mere seconds before the bell rang for the first round. Not to be outdone, Smith pulled off a remarkable comeback against Lombard who was dismantling him on the feet; Smith countered with a stiff right hand which folded the stocky Cuban in the third and final round.

So, this is fully expected to be a ‘Fight of the Night’ contender, especially if the fight stays on the feet. The significant strikes in general are highlighted as this could easily turn into a war. Defence will be just as important as attack if either man wants to walk away with the win. See below for the statistical breakdown:

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.