Las Vegas- Reporting live from cageside here at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, this is National MMA Examiner, Ryan McKinnell. I will be reporting here throughout the night, and I will be giving results by a round-by-round basis. So please remember to hit refresh on your browser to get all the latest action, as it happens, live! The prelims are set to kick off in about 15 minutes, at 7:25 p.m. EST, with the PPV portion beginning at 10 p.m. EST
UFC 125 is being headlined with a rematch between the Champion, Frankie Edgar and Las Vegan, Gray “The Bully” Maynard. These two fighters meet almost two years ago, with Maynard handing Edgar his only professional loss via unanimous decision. How much has changed in two years and will the New Year bring us a new champion? All questions will be answered in a matter of hours, so keep it locked here to glowbass.com for all the latest.
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The full fight card reads as follows:
Main Bouts (On Pay-Per-View):
-Frankie Edgar (13-1) vs. Gray Maynard (10-0)
-Chris Leben (25-6) vs. Brian Stann (9-3)
-Thiago Silva (14-2)vs. Brandon Vera (11-5)
-Nate Diaz (13-5) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (13-0-1)
-Clay Guida (27-11) vs. Takanori Gomi(32-6)
Preliminary Bouts (On ION Television):
-Marcus Davis (17-7) vs. Jeremy Stephens (18-6)
-Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier
-Phil Baroni (13-12) vs. Brad Tavares (6-0)
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Mike Brown (24-6) vs. Diego Nunes (15-1)
-Daniel Roberts (11-1) vs. Greg Soto (8-1)
-Antonio McKee (25-3-2) vs. Jacob Volkmann (11-2)
PLAY BY PLAY:
Antonio McKee vs. Jacob Volkmann
RD1: A straight left by McKee opens the action. Volkmann storms with a flurry but nothing significant. An inside leg kick by Volkmann snaps McKee’s leg. Uppercut by McKee grazes Volkmann’s forehead and gets a reaction from the crowd. The first shot from McKee is stuffed by Volkmann, and so is a second, and both fighters now clinch against the cage. Volkmann shots a double leg and earns a very nice takedown. Given McKee’s wrestling background, this is coming as a bit of a shock. McKee sweeps and is able to stand back to the feet, and clinches Volkmann, working body/body/head combos and staying active. Volkmann turns McKee into the cage and is working for a single leg, but to no avail, they separate. Thudding inside leg kick by McKee. Very hard round to score, 10-9 McKee.
RD2: Leaping knee from McKee connects to Volkmann’s ribs. A brief flurry with McKee landing a crisp left hook that hits Volkmann on the side of the head. McKee shoots but is stuffed by Volkmann, and Volkmann is looking to take his back. Volkmann transfers from side-control to the back and is now looking to sink in a rear naked choke. McKee is trying to defend using hand control and trying to stay active but Volkmann has both hooks and is controlling beautifully. 2 Minutes left in the round and Volkmann is staying very composed, looking for the submission. With his chin tucked, McKee is doing a great job at staving off this choke as Volkmann manuevers for an opening. McKee throws a double hammerfist while having his back taken, ala Sakuraba, and the crowd cheers. McKee turns into Volkmann and is in his guard as the round ends. 10-9 Volkmann.
RD3: Slow start to round 3, and the crowd boo’s. One outside leg kick after 90 seconds. Volkmann shoots briefly and eats a left hook for his troubles. Straight left by McKee snaps Volkmann’s head back, and he follows with a lead leg kick. Leg kick by Volkmann is countered wonderfully by a McKee straight left, and now McKee seems to be finding his rhythm. McKee rushes in with a flurry and lands a right hook. McKee follows the flurry with a successful double-leg takedown and now has Volkmann pressed against the cage, as Volkmann tries to stand up. McKee is trying to turn into Volkmann and slip his hips out from under him, but nothing is working, the round ends and the limited crowd is not happy. 10-9 McKee
The official scorecards read as follows: 29-28 McKee, 29-28 Volkmann (x2), and your winner via split-decision, Jacob Volkmann.
Daniel Roberts (11-1) vs. Greg Soto (8-1)
RD1: RD1: Soto comes out aggressive and eats a right jab from Roberts for his troubles. Soto is pressuring and Roberts is backing him off with jabs. Soto lands a huge straight right on Roberts chin that wobbles the Cesar Gracie product. Roberts shoots out of desperation and is stuffed. Leaving his neck exposed Roberts falls into a Soto guillotine. Soto sits on it and rolls for more pressure and they are on the canvas now. Roberts stands up but eats a few knees getting to his feet. The crowd cheers. Soto with more pressuring, looping hooks, but none land with any significance. Roberts shoots and earns a single leg takedown and is now in Soto’s half guard, working shots to the body with his knees. Roberts with some nice elbows to Soto’s skull. Soto is staying active from the bottom, however, and is trying to scramble to get to his feet. Soto in a scramble and gives up position, and Roberts snatches a very slick Kimura attempt. He keeps cranking on it, and steps over for the finish! Great submission win for “Ninja” Roberts.
The official scorecard reads as follows: At 3:45 of round 1, your winner via submission (kimura), Daniel “Ninja” Roberts
Mike Brown (24-6) vs. Diego Nunes (15-1)
RD1: Outside leg kick by Nunes starts the round, and he follows with a spinning back kick that grazes Brown’s abdomen. Brown eats an uppercut while shooting for a single leg, and is now clinched against the cage landing thudding knees to Nunes thigh. I can literally feel them in the floor below me. They have to be extrememly painful. Brown is now looking to take Nunes’ back and is landing shots to the side of his head, looking to open him up. Brown secures a nice body lock and slams Nunes to the canvas with authority and is now in his half-guard looking to pass. 2 minutes left. Nunes turns into Brown and tries to stand up, they separate and Brown lands a lunging left hook that wobbles Nunes. Nunes retreats and falls to the ground. He’s hurt bad! His eye is swollen like a baseball, and Brown is pressuring. Nunes somehow weathers a flurry by Brown and is now jabbing and throwing leg kicks to back the aggressive Brown off. Brown fires back with some leg kicks of his own. Spinning back fist by Nunes just misses as the round comes to and end with a flurry by both fighters! Great round! 10-9 Brown.
RD2: Nunes comes out with a purpose, winging punches and a spinning back kick. Brown recognizes the intent to establish pace and fires right back with a flurry followed by a snapping inside leg kick. Brown eats a very hard right hook and walks right through it. Overhand right from Brown misses and he follows with a double leg attempt, and Nunes sprawls effectively. Brown comes in for a right hook, but Nunes ducks under it and they are now clinched against the cage. Straight left by Nunes connects and he follows that into a tight Muay Thai clinch and lands a few thudding knees. Brown shrugs him off and they are back standing. Body kick by Nunes connects to Brown’s ribs. Left hook by Nunes followed by a grazing high kick that just misses. Nunes is putting it together now and the crowd is getting into it. Brown shoots for a single leg but Nunes turns into it and both fighters scramble, and are now pinned against the cage. Nunes now with the Muay Thai clinch and he is landing brutal knees to Brown’s face and Brown is slowing down in a big way, the crowd roars. The round ends, and that’s a good thing for Mike Brown. 10-9 Nunes.
RD3: A spinning back high kick opens the round for Nunes and it does connect, but not with a whole lot of force. I can’t stress enough how swollen Nunes’ eye is, it’s brutal, and he’s putting on a show. Now both fighters are in a scramble against the cage with Brown landing knees to Nunes’ thigh. A knee to Nunes’ head, by Brown and the crowd cheers. Overhand right by Brown during a separation rings Nunes’ bell. More clinching against the cage with knees and punches being exchanged. Ax kick by Nunes just misses Brown’s face, but it sure did look cool. Brown with a body lock now, pressing Nunes against the cage, landing more dirty knees and punches, just trying to win the round it looks like. A straight left by Nunes lands, and Brown shoots but Diego sprawls effectively. Brown gets a brief takedown but does nothing with it, as Nunes stands right back up. Very tough round to score as both fighters flurry at the end. The crowd roars. 10-9 Brown.
Your official scorecards read as follows: 29-28 Nunes, 29-28 Brown, 29-28 Nunes. And your winner via split-decision Diego Nunes.
Phil Baroni (13-12) vs. Brad Tavares (6-0)
RD1: Snapping leg kick by Tavares and we are under way. Baroni with a different corner, to say the least–Mark Coleman, Jon Fitch, and Javier Mendes. Baroni using good head movement, trying to get inside but Tavares isn’t fooled, he is staying calm. A minute in and no action, the crowd boos. A huge left hook by Baroni drops Tavares against the cage and Baroni rushes in to finish! Tavares manages to recoup and grab ahold of Baroni and pull him into half-guard. What a punch by Phil, I don’t know how Tavares survived. Tavares tries to stand up but Baroni controls his neck and posture with a guillotine. A left hook by Baroni during a separation tags Tavares. Tavares with the Thai clinch and a few knees to the body of Baroni as both fighters are now against the cage. Tavares looks on a single-leg but Baroni sprawls easily, and they are now back to their feet. The fighters clinch and Tavares has Baroni pinned against the cage using dirty boxing and knees to the thighs. A knee to Tavares’ groin halts the action briefly. A solid left jab by Tavares stuns Baroni and he follows with a high kick and Baroni is hurt! Tavares comes in with a flurry of punches and Baroni crumples to the canvas and Josh Rosenthal steps in, this one is over! What a comeback win for Brad Tavares!
Your winner, via KO, at 4:20 of round 1, Brad Tavares.
Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier
RD1: Left hook by Poirier opens the round and we are underway. A flurry as both fighters exchange, and Poirier gets the best of it. Grispi briefly tries to pull guard but Poirier remians standing and Josh lets go. Both fighters clinch against the cage looking to land. Poirier with the Thai clinch landing knees to the body and he begins to turn it up. They separate and Poirier is unleashing a multitude of strikes to Grispi’s face. A solid 1/2 combo by Grispi briefly backs Poirier up but only for a second as he continues stalking seconds later. Poirier drops Grispi with a leg kick but they get back o the feet. Now Poirier is just going to own on Grispi as he covers against the cage trying to stifle the onslaught. Grispi shoots out of desparaion but it is easily stuffed by Poirier and both fighters go to the ground. Poirier now in Grispi’s half-guard as Grispi is trying for an uneventful Kimura. Grispi tries switching to a sraight armbar but still nothing, and the round ends. 10-9 Poirier
RD2: Grispi opens round 2 looking for a takedown but Poirier easily stuffs it. With Grispi covering up against the cage Poirier unleashes another brutal onslaught of combos and once again Grispi looks in trouble. Somehow Grispi manages a takedown in all of the madness and now has Poirier in a possible triangle/arm bar position. Poirier defends beautifully and stands back up. A lunging right hook by Poirier connects and backs Grispi into the cage once again and he is now working the Thai clinch with thudding knees to Grispi’s face. Grispi drops levels out of desperation and the action slows. Poirier is now in Grispi’s guard and is landing elbows and hammerfist’s to score effectively. Grispi throws up a triangle but Poirier picks him up, slams him, and throws a lunging right hook in for good measure. Now back on the feet, Poirier is once again landing knees to Grispi’s face from the clinch and the round ends. 10-9 Poirier
RD3: Round three opens as both fighters clinch, once again. More knees from Poirier and Grispi is really slowing down. Grispi eventually breaks away but eats a straight left trying to back up, and once again drops levels to try and survive. This is not a good showing by Grispi as he is getting handled in every aspect of this fight. More brutal knees from Poirier, and even more knees. Grispi is getting beat up. Poirier gets a little too over zealous and Grispi manages a weak takedown. Poirier is keeping Grispi close and controlling his head very nicely, not allowing him to do anything what-so-ever. An elbow from a postured position is the first significant strike Grispi has landed from the guard. Grispi now transfers to side control but Poirier has him back in guard before too long. The round ends, 10-9 Poirier.
Your official scorecards read as follows: 30-27 (x3), all for your winner, via unanimous decision, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier
Marcus Davis (17-7) vs. Jeremy Stephens (18-6)
RD1: Davis opens with peppering jabs trying to keep Stephens at bay. Stephens has his right hand cocked and is looking to unleash it at any moment. More jabs from Davis followed by a left hook land on Stephens’ cheek. Outside leg kick by Stephens sends a ‘snap’ through the arena and backs Davis up. The fighters come together in a clinch against the cage and Davis earns a very nice trip take down. Now in half-guard, Davis is looking to pass but Stephens is doing a great job stopping any advancement. The fighters scramble back to their feet and Stephens lands a nice jab on Davis. A right hook by Davis wobbles Stephens and he briefly is in trouble. Stephens survives and the round ends. 10-9 Davis.
RD2: Stephens rushes in to start the round and eats a solid straight right from Davis. Davis is doing a superb job at keeping distance, as well as making Stephens guess as to what he is going to do next. A very good fight thus far for Marcus Davis. Stephens starts to pressure more and look for a big shot but once again, Davis is doing a great job at keeping his range. Stephens rushes in for the take down but Davis sprawls and both fighters now clinch against the cage. Davis grabs a single leg and whips Stephens to the ground. In the action Stephens grabs a Kimura on the way to the ground and is looking for the submission. Davis is trying to step over and get out of half-guard, but Stephens is controlling. Davis is ripping shots to the body, trying to losen the grip Stephens has. Stephens escapes and is now in Davis’ guard landing disruptive hammer fist’s and elbows. The round ends, 10-9 Davis.
RD3: Between rounds Stephens’ corner is very adamant about him needing to finish the fight, let’s see if he listens. Stephens comes out aggressive but eats two big counter punches by Davis as he rushes in. Inside leg kick by Davis stuns Stephens. In a flurry Stephens lands a thudding left hook, that to be honest, was probably the best punch of the fight for him. More peppering shots from Davis keep Stephens’ aggression to a minimum. Out of absolutely nowhere Jeremy Stephens lands an absolute brutal right hook that knocks Davis out cold! What a punch! What a comeback by Stephens. Wow.
Your winner at 2:33 of the 3rd round, via Knockout, Jeremy Stephens
Clay Guida (27-11) vs. Takanori Gomi(32-6)
RD1: The crowd is pumped for this one. Guida immediately comes out circling with a massive amount of footwork and head movment. If Gomi wants to connect, he is going to have to chase Clay. The crowd erupts, “Let’s go Guida!” Gomi is staying composed trying to pick his shots. All I can see is flailing hair everywhere. Guida is in and out, and side to side with effectiveness. Guida snaps a huge high kick that stuns Gomi! Guida shoots and Gomi stuffs it, they are back to their feet. The crowd once again chants Guida’s name. Guida shoots again and Gomi sprawls. The fighters now clinch against the cage briefly but separate. Gomi is trying to catch Guida with a jab to stop hi movement but Clay is everywhere, I’ve never seen him move around this much. A straight left by Gomi connects. Guida again shoots but Gomi is having none of it. Another head kick by Guida connects and he immediately shoots for the takedown and is successful as he slams the former Pride Champion to the canvas. The round ends, 10-9 Guida.
RD2: It looks as if Gomi is very confused, he just can’t catch Guida. Guida shoots once again, and again Gomi stuffs the takedown. Gomi is doing an outstanding job with his takedown defense, it has been very impressive. Gomi is opening up a bit more this round and is taking a few more chances but to no avail–he simply can’t catch the Illinois native. Unfortunately Guida isn’t managing much of an offense, sure he is not getting hit, but he is doing much hitting this round either. A left hook by Guida catches Gomi and the Japnanese superstar retreats. Guida feigns a takedown and Gomi throws a monsterous knee that lands directly on Guida’s forehead. In true Guida fashion, he walks right through it, directly into a power double leg takedown that he gets with authority, as he slams Gomi to the floor of the Octagon. As Gomi is on the bottom he tries to pull a switch, but ends up exposing his neck. Guida rolls with Gomi and sinks in a fight ending guillotine as Gomi taps.
At 4:47 of round 2, your winner via submission, Clay Guida.
Nate Diaz (13-5) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (13-0-1)
RD1: Both fighters open with pawing jabs. A snapping leg kick by Diaz, and a return kick by Kim for good measure. Another inside leg kick by Kim and Diaz motions for him to come forward. Kim obliges and takes Diaz directly to the floor with a powerful shot. Time will tell if that was a good idea or not. Kim postures and lands a solid lunging right to the chin of Diaz. Kim again lunges in, this time with a left and connects. Kim escapes the half-guard of Diaz and is looking to mount. Diaz retains guard and is looking to control. Another lunging shot from a postured Kim connects to the skull of Diaz. Diaz pulls a nice switch and for a moment it looks as if he is going to escape but Kim uses his strength and puts Diaz on his back once again. Diaz tries to stand up but Kim takes his back. Diaz transfers out and he has a shoulder lock. He eventually lets go and both fighter get back to their feet as the round ends. 10-9 Kim.
RD2: Diaz opens with a looping hook that just misses. Diaz wings a two punch body combo, and tries to follow to the head, but is not successful. Right jab, followed by a left hook by Diaz, both connect. Kim shoots for a single leg and gets the takedown rather easily. Kim postures and lands a few nice punches, but he is wary of the submission skills of Diaz. And he should be. Diaz landing a few disruptive peppering shots from the bottom as Kim tries to pass. Diaz starts to go to town from the bottom with a flurry of slapping punches to the ears of Kim. Diaz is doing a great job of controlling Kim on the bottom. Diaz does a nice job of putting his feet on Kim’s hips and pressing off, but as quickly as he got to his feet, he seemingly is taken back down just as quick. More shots from the bottom by Diaz, and they are certainly landing, but the fact is, Nate Diaz is letting this fight slip away. He needs to get to his feet. A scramble ends the round and both fighters are standing. 10-9 Kim
RD3: Right jab by Kim starts the 3rd round off. A high kick by Diaz just misses Kim’s skull, as he ducked under it at the last moment. Now Diaz rushes in for the takedown, but isn’t successful. Both fighters are now clinched against the cage, and eventually separate and exchange a few peppering jabs. In a very odd moment, Diaz connects with a knee to the head of a “grounded” Kim. It was hard to tell if Kim was fully grounded or not. Either way, no points taken, and the round resumes. Kim rushes in and pushes Diaz against the cage, and the fighters clinch. Diaz lands a nice knee from the clinch and the fighters proceed with a wild scramble that ends with Kim on top of Diaz, eventually taking his back. Diaz is looking for submissions and staying active, as he almost has a knee bar, but Kim powers out and still has his back and is looking to drag him to the canvas. Diaz reverses and is now standing clinched against the cage. Kim tries a Judo toss but ends up exposing himself and he eats a high kick from Diaz. Diaz now with clinched uppercuts, followed by another kick to the face of Kim. Diaz probably wins this round but not the fight. 10-9 Diaz
Dong Hyun Kim def. Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision. 29-28 (x3)
Thiago Silva (14-2)vs. Brandon Vera (11-5)
RD1: Both fighters open with a ton of aggression and meet directly in the center of the cage and begin exchanging. First Silva has the clinch, then Vera, both landing effectively. The pace slows a bit and they clinch against the cage. Silva grabs a leg and flings Vera to the mat and is now in half-guard, looking to pass. Silva is landing disruptive shots to Vera’s skull as he is trying to open him up to pass. Silva passes to side-control now and is looking for a submission as he works peppering shots to Vera’s head. Silva postures and lands a glancing elbow and Vera begins to turtle up a bit. Silva briefly looks for a straight armbar, or Kimura but gives it up and continues with the ground and pound. Silva postures and drops for a heel hook, but nothing happens, and the round ends. 10-9 Silva.
RD2: Words were exchanged at the end of the round and both fighters come out swinging like a couple of maniacs! Vera stuns Silva and the Brazilian retreats! Silva fires back and drills Vera with a right hook, followed by a crisp knee! Great action! Now both fighters clinch against the cage and Silva earns a much needed takedown. Silva is now postured in Vera’s guard and is raining down hammer fist’s and thudding elbows. Silva stacks Vera up and throws a lunging right hook that connects. Silva is now in Vera’s half-guard and is trying to improve his position. Vera looks tired and is just laying on the ground and the crowd erupts with boos. Silva postures and drills Vera with punches to the side of his head, and Vera grimaces. The round ends, 10-9 Silva.
RD3: Body kick drops Silva to open the round and Vera raises his hands, like, “What?!” Silva doesn’t like this gestures and rushes in wih a few shots of his own and now they clinch against the cage. Very familiar, a ton of action to begin, then a very anti-climatic stall. Silva rips Vera to the ground and has one hook in–looking to take Vera’s back. 3:20 left in the round and the crowd begins to boo. Silva lands some peppering shots to the side of Vera’s head, but nothing significant, he’s just trying to stay active. Vera tries to posture but Silva does a good job at controlling and lands some effective knees to Vera’s thigh. Silva begins slapping Vera on the side of the head, and patting him on the back, ala Randy vs. Tito. Vera is just laying on the ground and the crowd is furious. Silva is staying busy, peppering shots and looking for the sub as the round ends. The crowd erupts in defeaning boos. 10-9 Silva.
Thiago Silva def. Brandon Vera via Unanimous Decision. 30-26, 30-27(x2)
Chris Leben (25-6) vs. Brian Stann (9-3)
RD1: Leben opens with a body kick and Stann counters with a low kick that made me cringe. Leben walks in and eats a few brutal shots from Stann, and Leben backs up. Both fighters come together in a clinch and Stann lands a few solid knees to the body. Both fighters collar tie each other, and briefly begin ‘hockey punching’ each other. A huge body kick by Stann stuns Leben and he tries to walk forward. In the process Leben eats 3 or 4 punches, followed by an explosive hook from Stann that drops Leben! Stann rushes in to finish but Leben survives. Again Stann cracks Leben with more shots, followed by a vicious knee that crumples Leben to the Octagon floor! Stann keeps punching and the fight is stopped! What a huge win for Brian Stann.
Brian Stann def. Chris Leben via TKO at 3:37 of Round 1
Frankie Edgar (13-1) vs. Gray Maynard (10-0)
RD1: And we’re underway for the Lightweight Championship of the world. Low kick by Edgar, and a ton of movement open the round. Left jab by Maynard back Edgar up. Edgar moving left to right with ease, and lands a snapping leg kick again. Straight right by Maynard stops Edgar for a moment. Another straight right by Maynard sens Edgar barreling backwards and Maynard bum rushes him with brutal shots. Edgar is in deep trouble! He keeps retreating and Maynard follows with more vicious shots! Somehow Frankie regains his composure and the fighters are back to standing. Frankie eats another shot and drops levels for a takedown with no success. Edgar is bleeding from the nose and mouth now. A brutal right hook, followed by a left hook floor Edgar again and Maynard is laying a beating on the champ! I have no clue how Frankie Edgar is still in this fight. Frankie stands up and is still wobbly. He has no legs. He has no clue where he is. He is trying to clinch but Maynard is laying the pressure on thick! What a fight! Left hook/left jab by Edgar connects to Maynard’s chin! Wow! Edgar flurries as the round ends and the crowd goes nuts. 10-8 Maynard
RD2: Straight right by Maynard opens the 2nd round. Edgar looks composed though and is moving laterally quite nicely. Maynard is red under his right eye. A nice right hook by Edgar clips Maynard on the jaw and they back away. A left uppercut by Maynard connects as they flurry. Edgar counters with a straight right that gets the crowd’s attention. Edgar is being much more active this round, as he peppers jabs and moves side to side. A few solid jabs by Edgar send Maynard stumbling as the crowd chants, “Frankie! Frankie! Frankie!” Maynard rushes in and Edgar catches him with a body lock, picks him up over his head and slams him to the ground with authority! They scramble back to their feet and exchange a few shots. A left hook by Maynard and a counter right hook by Edgar that wobbles Gray. Gray is now officially bleeding from that left eye. Edgar with back-to-back straight rights as the round ends. What a start. 10-9 Edgar
RD3: Maynard opens by stalking Edgar down, Edgar slows that with a body/head combo that connected nicely. Edgar is now moving in and out again with tons of speed and he seems to be confusing Maynard as he bothers him with jabs and low kicks. Left hook/straight right by Frankie and Maynard is slowing down, he’s not throwing anymore combos or making anything happen. Gray shoots but Edgar easily shrugs it off and they are back to standing. Edgar slips and Maynard tries to capitalize with a takedown, but Edgar is too quick and he defends effectively. Right hook to the body by Maynard followed by a right hook that clips Edgar on the chin and he backs up. Straight right by Maynard has Edgar bloodied again. Edgar fires back with a right hook that connects to Maynard’s chin. Maynard shoots and earns a brief double-leg takedown, but Edgar stands right back up. Maynard still with the clinch, manages to take Edgar down once more, as the round ends. Tough round to score, as the end was all Maynard. 10-9 Edgar.
RD4: Edgar opens the round with a straight right that he parlays into a clinch and subsequent guillotine attempt. Maynard escapes the guillotine and pushes Edgar away. Edgar rushes in and scores a nice takedown and slams Maynard to the canvas. Maynard easily stands up, however, and they are back to their feet. Edgar with a nice looping right hook as Maynard is pinned against the cage. Edgar with more movement as he confuses Maynard. Edgar shoots but it is easily stuffed by Gray. The fighters come together and Maynard eats a thudding knee from Edgar’s clinch. Edgar has Maynard pinned against the cage now, and is landing shots to Maynard’s skull. The fighters separate and swing wildly, but nothing significant is landed. Frankie comes in with a 4 punch combo and backs out accordingly. The round ends. 10-9 Edgar.
RD5: This is it folks, the final round. The crowd chants, “Frankie! Frankie! Frankie!” Maynard needs to win this round to have a chance. A right/left hook combo by Maynard stuns Edgar and he retreats. Maynard shoots and Frankie defends. Edgar lands a solid knee from the clinch and the fighters separate. Edgar paws with the jab to keep Maynard at bay. Left jab/hook combo by Edgar and Maynard shoots, but Edgar sprawls wonderfully. Maynard shoots and Edgar sprawls again, and it seems obvious what Maynard wants to do. A right hook by Edgar stuns Maynard, and Maynard gets mad and throws a combo of his own that lands. 30 seconds left and the crowd starts to rumble. Maynard shoots once again but Edgar sprawls and the round is coming to an end. The fighters flurry as the horn sounds! 10-9 Edgar
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard is declared a draw: 48-46 Maynard, 48-46 Edgar, 47-47 draw