At UFC 136, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar finally got the monkey named "Gray Maynard" off of his back.
Maynard was the only fighter that Edgar had not been able to defeat in his professional fighting career. But that all changed in the fourth round of their title fight when Edgar scored a TKO victory.
Also, featherweight champion Jose Aldo made the second successful defense of his title when he outpointed perennial contender Kenny Florian over the course of five rounds.
In other action, Chael Sonnen earned another chance at middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva when he scored a second round submission victory over Brian Stann, Joe Lauzon was able to submit potential lightweight contender Melvin Guillard in a mere 47 seconds and Nam Phan outpointed Leonard Garcia after a 15 minute war.
So despite whether each fighter won or loss, how did they perform?
It is once again time to hand out grades to the fighters on the main card portion of UFC 136.
What is there left to be said about Frankie Edgar that hasn't already been said?
Once again, Edgar was able to escape a horrific first-round beating from Gray Maynard.
Once again, Edgar was able to take complete control of the fight in the second round.
But this time around, Edgar closed the show in the fourth after he landed an uppercut that hurt Maynard. Edgar then followed up with another uppercut and a flurry of left hands that prompted the referee to stop the fight.
Is Edgar that good? With so many good lightweight contenders in line for their chance at the title, we will find out.
While Leonard Garcia was seemingly outclassed by Nam Phan, he was not blown out of the water by any means.
Phan got the better of Garcia for the first two rounds, but Garcia was able to hurt Phan badly in the third round. But by the time Garcia was finally able to connect with a flush shot, he was too tired to capitalize and wound up losing the decision.
Nam Phan was finally awarded the victory most people believe he deserved when he first met up with Leonard Garcia at The Ultimate Fighter 12 finale.
Phan controlled the action for the first two rounds before he was hurt early in the third round by Garcia. Phan was able to regain his composure and earn the unanimous decision victory.
Before Melvin Guillard's fight at UFC 136, UFC President Dana White stated he thought Melvin Guillard was "the biggest waste of talent."
Guillard had the chance to make his boss eat his words, but instead proved White right.
At no point during the 47 seconds he was in the Octagon against Joe Lauzon did Guillard do anything right. He was dropped and submitted with ease by Lauzon.
A win may have put Guillard in line for a shot at the lightweight title. Now, Guillard will have to claw his way back to the top again.
After 16 months away from action, Chael Sonnen looked as good as he as ever looked inside the Octagon against Brian Stann.
Sonnen took Stann down to the mat at will and put a beating on him for the better part of two rounds. Then Sonnen secured the fight-ending head-and-arm choke to score his first stoppage victory in nearly four years.
Most fighters spend their entire career looking to get one shot at wearing UFC gold.
At UFC 136, Kenny Florian was given his third chance, and his first in the featherweight division.
Florian once again seemed to choke in the big fight. While he was not completely dominated by featherweight champion Jose Aldo, Florian could not do anything to put himself in a position to win.
At the post-fight press conference, Florian was unsure of his fighting future. If he does continue to fight on, expect his fight against Aldo to be the last chance he is given to win a championship.
Many people believed that Joe Lauzon was nothing but a bump in the road for Melvin Guillard. Lauzon, apparently, was not made aware of this.
Lauzon avoided the early bombs thrown his way by Guillard, and went on to drop Guillard with a left early in the fight.
From there, Lauzon secured Guillard's back and sank in the fight-ending rear naked choke.
The only thing that saved Brian Stann from completely failing was the fact that he was able to get the better of Chael Sonnen while they were standing.
Unfortunately for Stann, the fight was spent mostly on the ground.
Stann was worked over and made to look like a mid-tier fighter by Sonnen. Then after being outclassed for a round and a half, Stann found himself in a head-and-arm choke that forced him to tap out.
Where is the Jose Aldo that steamrolled people in the WEC?
Aldo looked very good in his second title defense against Kenny Florian, but he didn't look great.
Aldo was able to control the better part of the action over five rounds, and was awarded a 49-46 decision victory on all three judge's scorecards.
For a second time, Gray Maynard seemed to be just a couple of solid punches away from winning the UFC lightweight title.
In fact, the first round of Maynard's fight against Frankie Edgar at UFC 136 seemed eerily similar than their second fight at UFC 125.
And just like their fight at UFC 125, Edgar was able to survive Maynard's first-round onslaught. Then things went all downhill for Maynard.
In the second round, Maynard just couldn't connect with the much quicker Edgar. This continued until the fourth round when Maynard got nailed with an uppercut that hurt him.
From there, it took a few more punches for Maynard to be defeated for the first time as a professional MMA fighter.