Looking to avenge his only loss, Frankie Edgar defends his Lightweight Title against Gray Maynard.
Round 1: This was an epic round which demonstrated the toughness and guts of Frankie Edgar. Maynard threw a beautiful right which rocked Edgar as he flew to the other side of the octagon (just like how Brock Lesnar rocked Heath Herring in the first round). He pounced on him and threw many punches while Frankie ran and tried to unscramble things, but he was knocked down again and Maynard was throwing heavy punches. He somehow survived the onslaught and even attempted to take Maynard down. Very gutsy stuff from the champion.
Round 2: Frankie was able to regain his composure and found his rhythm. He out struck and out paced Maynard and stuffed all of his takedowns. He easily won this round and even threw a big slam, a la Matt Hughes.
Round 3: A more even contest by now, with both fighters scoring points and landing decent strikes. Gray was able to take Frankie down but was unable to do any damage.
Round 4: Edgar shines in this round again and was able to take Gray down three times and was close to submitting him via standing guillotine choke. Gray was able to escape, but was subsequently taken down and lost the round.
Round 5: By now, both fighters are exhausted and went through an even round. Gray may have had the edge in this round by being more aggressive, but it was nevertheless a close round. He went for broke in the last 10 seconds but was unable to decisively win it.
The match was very very close and both fighters put on an awesome display, but how Frankie Edgar was able to bounce back from the first round was beyond me. It was truly the stuff of legends. This was easily the fight of the night.
The judges scored this bout 49-47 Maynard, 49-47 Edgar and 47-47. It ended a draw.