UFC 136 Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard: 5 Bold Predictions for UFC 136

Adam OsterkampContributor IIISeptember 20, 2011

UFC 136 Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard: 5 Bold Predictions for UFC 136

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    UFC 136 is going to be an epic card. Two title fights, plus some up-and-comers looking to make names for themselves within the organization. This card really does have it all. Look for some fast-passed action from the two featherweight bouts, and some bombs being dropped by the heavier hitters.

    In any fight, no outcome is ever a sure thing, but fans can count on these fights to entertain. There is a lot on the line for many different fighters, and the results are sure to give us fans that rush we all crave.

    Here are five bold predictions for the night of UFC 136.

Zhang Tiequan Will Defeat Darren Elkins and Become a Contender at Featherweight

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    This will be Zhang Tiequan’s second fight at featherweight. Tiequan has a nearly-perfect record with his lone loss coming by way of decision. Out of Tiequan’s 13 wins, 10 have been by submission and three have been by TKO.

    The other amazing thing about Tiequan is that none (yes none) of his fights have gone past the first round except the one he lost.

    Look for Tiequan to submit Darren Elkins early on in the first round, and then climb the featherweight division quickly.

Jeremy Stephens vs. Anthony Pettis Will Be “Fight of the Night”

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    After seeing Anthony Pettis perform the “matrix kick” in his fight with Ben Henderson, it isn’t hard to imagine him being in another “Fight of the Night.”

    Jeremy Stephens has also won “Fight of the Night” in addition to winning three "Knockouts of the Night."

    This lightweight bout is sure to filled with lots of impressive action that no fight fan should miss.

Jose Aldo Will KO Kenny Florian

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    Kenny Florian has never actually been knocked out once in his career, though he does have several TKO losses. If anyone is going to knock him out, it’s going to be Jose Aldo. Look for Aldo to land a big KO late in the third round.

Brian Stann Will KO Chael Sonnen

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    Call it wishful thinking, but it’s going to be great when it happens. If Brian Stann can knockout Chris Leben, then he can certainly KO Chael Sonnen. Stann is going to bring the fight to Sonnen and give his face a good pulping.

    Look for a KO midway into the second round.

Frankie Edgar Will Defeat Gray Maynard Via Split Decision

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    Given their past fights together, this one is sure to be exhilarating, but don’t be surprised when the decision about who won the fight draws lots of controversy.

    These two fighters are amazing athletes, and they’re both going to leave everything in the cage. Much like their last fight, scoring this match will be next to impossible, but Edgar will walk away with his belt.