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UFC 136 Edgar vs. Maynard III Review
On October 8th, UFC 136 was held in Houston, TX with a card that promised to be explosive. As a fan I was not disappointed, unfortunately I was disappointed with some of the results. For those of you that follow UFC you already know the history of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. They have had two fights up until this date. With Maynard getting one decision win, as well as a draw. Frankie Edgar has yet to bear Maynard in his career and this is his chance at redemption. Not to mention his Lightweight Title is on the line. UFC 136 also features the Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Season 1 TUF cast member Kenny Florian. This is Aldo's biggest test to date, and this could be the last chance that Florian gets a title shot as he has had two attempts, neither gaining the title. But enough about the preview, lets get to what happened.
Middleweight: Steve Cantwell vs. Mike Massenzio
Massenzio defeated Cantwell via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 29–28).
Middleweight: Aaron Simpson vs. Eric Schafer
Simpson defeated Schafer via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Featherweight: Zhang Tie Quan vs. Darren Elkins
Elkins defeated Zhang via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–26, 30–27).
Heavyweight: Joey Beltran vs. Stipe Miocic
Miocic defeated Beltran via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 29–28).
Lightweight: Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens
Pettis defeated Stephens via split decision (29–28, 28–29, 29–28).
Middleweight: Damian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago
Maia defeated Santiago via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Lightweight Bout: Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon
Lauzon defeated Guillard via submission (rear naked choke) at 0:47 of round 1. Biggest surprise of the night. Lauzon was the underdog going into the fight, but that didn't effect him any. He game out guns blazing and shut up all of the doubters by getting the win in dominating fashion as well as getting Submission of the Night honors. HUGE win for Lauzon.
Featherweight Bout: Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan
Phan defeated Garcia via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28). This was easily the best fight of the night, and with that being said of course it won the Fight of the Night honors. In their first fight Garcia came out the victor, but Phan comes out victorious tonight. In an interesting note, in the post fight interview. They were interviewed together, and they we asked about a tiebreaker Garcia was in, Phan didn't want none of it. He emphatically said "NO". Great fight nonetheless.
Middleweight Bout: Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann
Sonnen defeated Stann via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:51 of round 2. Sonnen came in after not having a fight in 14 months. His last fight was against Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. In my opinion Sonnen has been the biggest challenge for Silva. Sonnen believes the same thing as he dominates the entire fight and makes a statement by tapping Stann out before 2 rounds are complete. After the fight Sonnen say that Silva sucks and that he is challenging him to a fight on Super Bowl weekend. He did mention some stipulations. If he loses he would leave the UFC forever, and if Silva loses he has to leave the division. Im really interested to see what happens. If the fight happens, it sure will be great to watch.
Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian
Aldo defeated Florian via unanimous decision (49–46, 49–46, 49–46) to retain UFC Featherweight Championship. This fight was not nearly as close as I thought it would be. Florian who used to be a Lightweight competitor, made the drop to Featherweight in hopes of getting the title. Aldo who is undefeated going into the fight, shows exactly why he is the champion and why he is undefeated. Aldo overpowered Florian the entire fight, and in the end Aldo remains undefeated and Florian has to go back to the drawing board.
Lightweight Championship: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
Edgar defeated Maynard via TKO (punches) at 3:54 of round 4 to retain UFC Lightweight Championship. This was the fight everyone was looking forward to, its the Main Event. It certainly didn't disappoint. This was another fight that didn't quite go the way I thought it would. Even 5 minutes into the fight I thought that Maynard was going to be the new champion. He knocked Edgar down not once, not twice, but THREE times in the first round! After the round Edgar was bleeding profusely from the nose and almost had one eye swollen shut. Rounds 2 and 3 were a lot closer than the first, and then in the 4th round Edgar stayed with Maynard since the first and he started to dominate the 4th round. He caught Maynard with a right uppercut and then go onto to secure the TKO victory and retain the title. Great comeback by a deserving champion.