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Edgar roars back, topples Maynard
It was like déjà vu all over again.
After nearly being beaten and bloodied in the opening round of his second match with Gray Maynard, UFC lightweight Frankie Edgar found himself in similar territory all over again.
And it truly was déjà vu—until it wasn’t.
Just like the second bout, which was an early Fight of the Year candidate, Edgar clawed his way back. But there would be no judges’ decision this time. Edgar rocked Maynard with a short left uppercut and finished him off with some precision right hands at 3:54 in the fourth round to retain the lightweight strap.
Before the finish, it was far from all good. Maynard scored early and often in the opening round of UFC 136’s main event with some huge uppercuts. The impact from the blows left Edgar—known for his cardio—with a badly broken nose going into the second.
Edgar used the sixty second reprieve to his advantage and came out looking like a new fighter in the second. He was more active on the feet and slowly began to find his range. As one of the best boxer’s in the game, Edgar’s head and foot movement was superb. With Maynard looking a slight step slower, Edgar began to attack, in and out with combinations before Maynard knew what hit him.
And in the fourth, Maynard didn’t know what hit him.
After going for a takedown that was stuffed, Edgar spun and unleashed a short left uppercut that wobbled Maynard. It was all the champion needed. As Maynard shuffled back to the cage, Edgar pounced, landing two right hands that sent “The Bully” down to the mat. With Maynard planted face first on the canvas, a few more punches sealed the deal.
“The Answer” found an answer to the only man to hand him a professional defeat. “I saw him rock, and I just went in for the kill,” Edgar said.
The victory may set up a super fight of sorts between Edgar and Jose Aldo. UFC president Dana White would like to see Edgar drop to featherweight.
A very human Aldo slips past Florian
Jose Aldo was a wrecking machine in the WEC. He stopped Cub Swanson with a double flying knee. He battered Urijah Faber’s leg so bad, the “California Kid” looked like he’d been hit with a bat. He made Mike Brown look like an amateur.
But in two UFC contests, Aldo has looked surprisingly human.
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