At UFC 136 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Frankie Edgar finally got the monkey named Gray Maynard off of his back.
The first round was very similar to the first round of their fight at UFC 125. Maynard had Edgar hurt badly numerous times and nearly had Edgar finished. But once again, Edgar was able to hang on and survive the round.
Then just like their second meeting, Edgar began to find his groove in the second round. Maynard looked fresher this time around, but he still had no answer for Edgar's pinpoint striking and excellent footwork.
After winning the third round, it seemed that Edgar had tied things up on the judges' scorecards. But as we all know, you never know what is going to happen if you let a fight go to the judges' scorecards.
With less than two minutes remaining in the fourth round, Edgar landed an uppercut that hurt Maynard badly. He followed up with a barrage of punches that left Maynard face down, and the referee had no choice but to stop the fight.
Now that Edgar's trilogy with Maynard has come to a finite ending, who will get the next shot at the lightweight champion?
With Melvin Guillard's first-round submission loss to Joe Lauzon earlier in the evening, you can take his name out of the mix.
It seems as if there are two potential challengers in line at the moment: the winner of Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida; and Gilbert Melendez.
As of now, Gilbert Melendez is not "officially" with the UFC. But should he be, don't be surprised if he gets an immediate title shot. However, Melendez does have a December fight scheduled, so you never know what will happen there.
So the only fight that makes sense right now would be the winner of the Nov. 12 meeting between Ben Henderson and Clay Guida.
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