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Frankie Edgar Survives FirstRound Beating to Hang Onto UFC Lightweight Title – SportsUntapped.com
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Added January 3rd, 2011 by Ian

Frankie Edgar Survives First-Round Beating to Hang Onto UFC Lightweight Title
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UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar survived a beating in the first round at the hands of Gray Maynard, but showed exceptional recovery powers to come back and earn a five-round majority draw at UFC 125 in Las Vegas, Nevada on Jan 1st. The fight was a rematch of their April 2008 battle in which Maynard won by a unanimous decision.

Maynard started strongly and decked Edgar three times with solid punches to the head and jumped on him at every opportunity, taking him down twice along the way. Edgar was in serious trouble and it looked like it was all over for him, but he somehow managed to survive the round. Remarkably, Edgar dominated the second round with some excellent right hands of his own and also delivered a superb body slam to his opponent. He was right back in the fight, but still behind on points as he lost the first round by a score of 10-8 on all three judge’s scorecards.

The rest of the fight was pretty even with Edgar stuffing Maynard’s takedown attempts. Most of the bout was fought standing up as each man got back to his feet pretty quickly whenever the fight went to the ground. Maynard never came close to dominating the same way he did in the first round and Edgar was never in trouble for the last four rounds.

Each man landed some nice shots to the head in the last three rounds, but Edgar seemed to be controlling the action with his excellent movement. The scores were 48-46 Maynard, 48-46 Edgar, and 47-47. Maynard will obviously regret not ending things when he had the chance to in the first round, but Edgar did enough to hold onto his title. A third fight between the two will almost surely take place and if it’s as good as this one was it should be welcomed with open arms by UFC fans around the world.

Edgar’s record now stands at 13-1-1, with his only loss being to Maynard. Maynard’s record goes to 12-0-1 and has yet to be beaten in an official MMA bout.

The co-main event was also one of the best of the night as light heavyweight Brian Stann earned a spectacular TKO win over Chris Leben at the 3:37 mark of the first round. Stann said before the fight that if they went toe-to-toe he’d knock the durable Leben out and while Leben withstood numerous heavy shots, he eventually succumbed to the onslaught.

Leben also landed some good shots, but Stann, a former marine, was pumped up and ready for them. He eventually caught Leben with a beautiful left hook and a solid right hand that hurt his opponent and didn’t let up from then on after Leben hit the deck. The referee gave Leben a chance to fight back, but Stann’s shots were too much for him.

On the undercard, Thiago Silva was dominant earning a unanimous decision over Brandon Vera. Silva took Vera to the mat in all three rounds and was in control all the way. He broke Vera’s nose during the third round with a flurry of shots while he was on top of his back. The scores were 30-26, 30-27, and 30-27. It was the third straight loss for Vera.

Undefeated Dong Hyun Kim beat Nate Diaz by a unanimous decision with scores of 29-28 across the board.

Lightweight Clay Guida beat Takanori Gomi by submission at 4:27 of the second round.

 
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