UFC 136: And the Answer Is…
… Frankie Edgar! While last night’s UFC event had a lot of captivating moments, I think the one that captured the hearts of viewers most was the comeback performance by Frankie Edgar. I must say that even I was surprised to not only see him win, but do so in such spectacular fashion.
For those who didn’t see the main event Frankie Edgar pulled off a victory that should be classified as one of the best comebacks in UFC history. In a fight that had distinct undertones reminiscent of Edgar v. Maynard II, Gray Maynard put on a devastating striking display in the first round that left the champ wobbled and brutally battered. However, Frankie being who he is held on tight through the next two rounds and then came back to knock out an Maynard in the fourth. Maynard’s gas tank was clearly a factor in his loss.
So, where does this put Frankie in the pantheon of champions? I think still has a long way to go before he can be considered a P4P best (despite what Dana White may claim), however, he has definitely paid his dues and proven he is a true champion. Two successful title defenses prove that this kid is for real. That said, only time will tell how things play out – at the end of it all, Frankie is still champ of one of the deepest divisions in the UFC. Assuming Ben Henderson gets a chance after his next fight, I will be interested to Frankie’s stamina hold together – as I think “Smooth” has all the answers to beat Edgar.
A couple of other interesting notes from UFC 136…
- Jose Aldo defended his title in less than spectacular fashion against Kenny Florian. The champion looked tentative at times, and only in the second round did he really look like the Aldo from the WEC days. I am not sure where this leaves Kenflo - the guy just can’t close the deal in the big dance. Aldo made a fitting quote at the start of the fight: “I am fine with Kenny fighting in my division, but if he wants the title he’s going to have to drop to Bantamweight”.
- Chael Sonnen actually finished a fight, submitting a visibly distraught Brian Stann. Chael’s post-fight interview was why this guy is such a great showman, though – as he asked to fight Silva again Superbowl weekend, and if he lost he would leave the UFC forever. Sonnen v. Silva II has classic written all over it! RIP Sonnen.
- Garcia edged out a decision via Phan, in an exciting back and forth brawl.
- Joe Lauzon submitted Melvin Guillard in impressive fashion, stomping out the “Young Assassin’s” hopes of a title shot.
Overall, I give the card a 7.5/10. The exciting moments were exciting as hell – but, Aldo v. Florian was a little bit of a let down. The good news is lots of story lines coming…
… and that is the last word.