Late in the fourth round, Maynard was getting back to his feet after a scramble and Edgar rocked him with a big right hand.
The punch backed Maynard up and Edgar followed up with more huge right hands, dropping Maynard and finishing him off with devastating ground and pound.
Up until that fourth round, the fight went down much the same as their bout at UFC 125.
Maynard had huge success in the first with his boxing, almost finishing Edgar several times and kept the champ separated from his senses for most of the round.
Unlike the first fight, Maynard did a good job of picking his shots and didn't punch himself out.
His improved cardio helped Maynard to stuff Edgar's takedowns throughout the rest of the fight, but he still had trouble with the quick boxing of Edgar, once Edgar got his rhythm in place.
It seemed almost impossible that their third fight could live up to the hype established by their second match, but this was an exciting, back-and-forth fight, and even had a spectacular finish—what more could you ask for?
It's been a long time coming, but the score between Edgar and Maynard has finally been settled and you can bet the rest of the lightweight division is thrilled to hear it.
Tune into UFC on Fox on Nov. 12 to see Clay Guida and Ben Henderson fight for the next crack at Edgar's belt.
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