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UFC 136 Results

Lightweight Title: (c) Frankie Edgar d. Gray Maynard (KO – Round 4, 3:54)

Frankie Edgar is my new man crush.  This dude is my hero.  The fight last night started much like their previous contest, Maynard scoring big early and coming close to finishing the fight.  Edgar survived and looked much better from the second round on, but was then able to knock Maynard out in the fourth round.

I have no idea what’s wrong with Gray Maynard.  Does he just blow his load in the first round and give up for the rest of the fight?  He probably could have ended the fight in the second if he pushed forward and got in Edgar’s face, but the champ prevailed and impressed the hell out of me.

Ideally, Edgar will take on Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez sometime in early 2012, while Maynard should take on the winner of Guida vs. Henderson for the next title shot.  I’m hopeful this will work out for Melendez’s debut as he absolutely deserves a title shot right away.

Featherweight Title: (c) Jose Aldo d. Kenny Florian (Unanimous Decision)

This fight ended up being pretty close, but to me, Aldo was very clearly the winner.  His striking looked more crisp and he just seemed more comfortable here.  Aldo will go on to greet another challenger, likely Chad Mendes, while who knows where Florian can go.  Toil near the top of the featherweight division?  Move back up to lightweight?  He seems to have exhausted all of his options here and that’s kinda sad.

Middleweight: Chael Sonnen d. Brian Stann (Submission – Round 2, 3:51)

Briefly, Chael Sonnen looked scary good and dominated Brian Stann during this fight.  End of story, right?

Oh, except Chael Sonnen called out Anderson Silva telling the champ that he “absolutely sucks” and challenging him to a loser leaves town match.  That is, Sonnen will leave the UFC if he loses but Silva must leave the middleweight division if Sonnen wins.  Silva looked bemused by the challenge and I’m sure we’ll be seeing the fight at the Super Bowl weekend card.  Oh, and Chael Sonnen complimented Anderson Silva’s dancing after the fight.

This is awesome.

Lightweight: Joe Lauzon d. Melvin Guillard (Submission – Round 1, 0:47)

This win for Joe Lauzon may have surprised many, but I actually thought Lauzon could win.  Guillard was so hot coming into this fight and a knockout win for the “Young Assassin” seemed to be a likely outcome, but Lauzon caught Guillard early and was able to pull off a quick submission.

Featherweight: Nam Phan d. Leonard Garcia (Unanimous Decision)

This turned out to be quite the exciting fight and was especially notable since Leonard Garcia lost a decision!  Nam Phan looked pretty good last night and won the striking battle with Leonard Garcia, earning a clear decision victory that should be a measure of retribution for their previous fight.

Middleweight: Demian Maia d. Jorge Santiago (Unanimous Decision)

Jorge Santiago kind of sucks, doesn’t he?

Lightweight: Anthony Pettis d. Jeremy Stephens (Split Decision)

This fight wasn’t as close as the decision might lead you to believe.  Pettis was in control for the majority of this fight, winning the limited striking exchanges and controlling most of the fight on the ground.  The top of the lightweight division is so congested and Pettis is going to have to keep winning fights like this to stay relevant in the division.

Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic d. Joey Beltran (Unanimous Decision)

Middleweight: Aaron Simpson d. Eric Schafer (Unanimous Decision)

Middleweight: Mike Massenzio d. Steve Cantwell (Unanimous Decision)

Featherweight: Darren Elkins d. Zhang Tie Quan (Unanimous Decision)

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