UFC 136 Results: Full Fight Card
From Houston's Toyota Center, UFC 136 is now underway. Check out live results below or scroll through this slideshow for in-depth fight recaps and analysis of every bout on the card.
Edgar defeats Maynard by knockout (punches) at 3:54 of the fourth round.
Aldo defeats Florian by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46).
Sonnen defeats Stann by submission (arm triangle) at 3:51 of the first round.
Phan defeats Garcia by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Lauzon defeats Guillard by submission (rear naked choke) at 0:47 of the first round.
Maia defeats Santiago by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Pettis defeats Stephens by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Miocic defeats by Beltran by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
Tie Quan Zhang vs. Darren Elkins (@Darren_Elkins)
Elkins defeats by Zhang by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27).
Simpson defeats Schafer by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Steve Cantwell vs. Mike Massenzio (@MikeMassenzio)
Massenzio defeats Cantwell by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
Frankie Edgar defeats Gray Maynard by knockout (punches) at 3:54 of the fourth round.
The first round of the third meeting between Maynard and Edgar could have been a replay of the opening stanza of their second bout. After rocking Edgar multiple times in the first round, the only difference in Maynard's approach was his patience, which he didn't have at UFC 125.
Despite conserving energy, Maynard once again wasted an excellent start to a title fight with Edgar. Just like he did in the last fight, Edgar recovered and rallied back. This time, Edgar was able to erase any doubt by finishing Maynard via technical knockout in the fourth round.
With the incredible ending to UFC 136, Edgar closed the book on one of the most memorable trilogies in UFC history. With plenty of fight left in the careers of both men, it wouldn't be shocking if we saw a fourth fight between Edgar and Maynard somewhere down the line.
Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian
Jose Aldo defeats Kenny Florian by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46).
In what many called his final chance to win a UFC title, Kenny Florian entered UFC 136 with an excellent game plan for his featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo. Although he lost on the scorecards, Florian kept more than one of the rounds very close.
In the end, Aldo was simply too talented and athletic for Florian to keep up with for five rounds. With an unsuccessful move to featherweight, Florian's future in the sport now appears cloudy. The 35-year-old has now lost in three UFC title fights, so he may never get another chance to become champion.
For Aldo, this was a second straight fight where the Brazilian featherweight wasn't overly dominant. If Aldo wants to be mentioned along with Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre in pound-for-pound rankings, he will need to outclass opponents from start to finish.
Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann
Chael Sonnen defeats Brian Stann by submission (arm triangle) at 3:51 of the second round.
Despite being away from the Octagon for more than one year, Sonnen showed no signs of ring rust at UFC 136. In his classic style, Sonnen took Stann to the ground and beat up the war hero with ground and pound for three rounds.
Not only did Sonnen beat Stann, but he finished an opponent for the first time since October 2007. With UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva sitting ringside, Sonnen may have earned his rematch with the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.
In his post-fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan, Sonnen called out Silva offered up a bet for their next meeting. According to the terms of the potential deal, Sonnen said he would leave the UFC if he loses to Silva, while Silva would have to leave the 185-pound division if he loses to Sonnen.
Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan
Nam Phan defeats Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Another wild fight between Phan and Garcia went to the judges.
In a rematch of one of the most controversial fights of 2010, Phan avenged his loss to Garcia by picking apart the Greg Jackson-trained fighter in the first two rounds. Phan came out firing on all cylinders and dropped Garcia in the opening moments of the fight.
In the third round, Garcia caught Phan with a left hook and started unloading. Phan weathered the storm and came away with the victory on the scorecards, though. Still, the incredibly exciting bout left the door open for a third meeting between the two featherweights.
Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon
Joe Lauzon defeats Melvin Guillard by submission (rear naked choke) at 0:47 of the first round.
Athleticism isn't everything.
Heading into UFC 136, Lauzon was a massive underdog in a matchup against fast-rising contender Guillard. In his recent fights, Guillard used his God-given talent to dominate opponents, but an experienced and intelligent Lauzon outsmarted Guillard in the Octagon.
Early in the fight, Lauzon rocked Guillard with a left hand. Instead of working to finish Guillard with punches, Lauzon smartly used the strongest part of his game to put his opponent away. Lauzon quickly took Guillard's back and locked up a rear naked choke.
Constantly on the brink of breaking through, Lauzon repeatedly ended up on the losing end of pivotal fights. With his win over Guillard, though, Lauzon finally proved to be a legitimate lightweight contender.
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago
Demian Maia defeats Jorge Santiago by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Maia, arguably the best grappler in the middleweight division, used takedowns and top control to secure a victory over Santiago at UFC 136. As usual, Maia showed some holes in his striking, but Santiago couldn't take advantage and keep the bout standing.
While it wasn't a spectacular win by any means, Maia's win over Santiago was his third in four appearances. Maia's only loss during that time was a controversial decision against middleweight contender Mark Munoz.
Santiago has now lost his first two fights since returning to the UFC, A former Sengoku champion, Santiago was expected to show improvement in his second stint inside the Octagon, but back-to-back losses may show that his success over recent years had been due to lesser competition.
Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens
Anthony Pettis defeats Jeremy Stephens by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
In a fight that was expected to be a stand-up war, the ground game largely determined the outcome of Pettis' first UFC victory. After being taken down twice in the first round, Pettis changed up his game plan and secured takedowns of his own in the later rounds.
After it played a major part in a loss to Clay Guida in his UFC debut, Pettis worked on his wrestling with Bellator champion Ben Askren. That practice appeared to pay off, as Pettis' ability to control where this fight took place was a major factor in the judges' decision to award him the victory.
The last WEC lightweight champion, Pettis saw a previously promised UFC title shot slip away after his loss to Guida. However he earned it, this win over Stephens was an important first step for Pettis to prove he deserves a shot at the lightweight belt.
Joey Beltran vs. Stipe Miocic
Stipe Miocic defeats by Joey Beltran by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
Once again, Beltran's toughness was on full display at UFC 136. The undefeated Miocic proved to be the more technical fighter than Beltran in the first round. However, Beltran forced Miocic into a brawl in the second round, which made the decision much closer than it probably should have been.
Beltran took some huge shots from Miocic, but "The Mexicutioner" showed off his granite chin in a three-round war. Despite taking a lot of punishment, Beltran avoided being finished for the first time in the Octagon.
While most of his success was found when standing, Miocic took Beltran down with ease on multiple occasions. An excellent amateur wrestler, Miocic's well-rounded game makes him a promising addition to the UFC's heavyweight division.
Tie Quan Zhang vs. Darren Elkins
Darren Elkins defeats by Tie Quan Zhang by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27).
Coming off of a highly controversial decision victory in his featherweight debut against Michihiro Omigawa, Elkins showed an outstanding ground game in his second straight victory inside the Octagon.
Forced to fend off Zhang's dangerous guillotine choke in the opening moments of all three rounds, Elkins slipped his head out and took the top position on every occasion. Elkins took Zhang's back several times and attempted to secure a rear naked choke.
Zhang fought off Elkins' submission attempts, but suffered a lopsided decision loss in the process. While he might have been gifted a decision in his first featherweight bout, it could be time for Elkins to receive a big step up in competition in the 145-pound division.
Aaron Simpson vs. Eric Schafer
Aaron Simpson defeats Eric Schafer by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
The 37-year-old Simpson showed that he still has plenty left in the tank at UFC 136, as he picked up his third win of 2011 in a dominating performance over Schafer. Using his excellent wrestling background to keep the fight standing, Simpson picked Schafer apart with powerful punches.
After losing back-to-back fights against Ryan Bader and Jason Brilz, Schafer was released from the UFC in 2010. However, an injury to Nick Catone, Simpson's originally scheduled opponent, allowed Schafer to return to the Octagon as a middleweight.
A training partner of Bader, Simpson rudely welcomed Schafer back to the UFC by dropping his opponent twice during the three-round bout. An uppercut dropped Schafer in the first round, while an overhand right nearly put an end to the fight in the closing second of the second frame.
However, Schafer displayed a granite chin and amazing toughness by battling it out to a decision. Simpson may never contend for a middleweight title, but his exceptional wrestling and dangerous punching power makes him a tough opponent for anyone.
Steve Cantwell vs. Mike Massenzio
Mike Massenzio defeats Steve Cantwell by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
Entering this matchup, both Cantwell and Massenzio were well aware that they could be fighting for their spot on the UFC roster. Coming into UFC 136, Cantwell had lost three straight fights, while Massenzio lost four of his last six bouts.
Despite a slow start, Massenzio may have sent the 24-year-old Cantwell back to the regional circuit by picking up a decision victory. Massenzio, who was making his middleweight debut, came out strong before fading in the later rounds.
An overhand right had Massenzio hurt with two minutes in the first round, but the 28-year-old recovered and made a great adjustment between rounds. In the second frame, Massenzio came out much more aggressive and broke Cantwell's nose with a left hand.
Unable to find an answer for the pressure Massenzio was putting on him, Cantwell fell short on the scorecards. Cantwell is still very young and has room to improve, but he will likely have to make those improvements outside of the UFC in the near future.