UFC 136 Results: What We Learned from Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard

Adam OsterkampContributor IIIOctober 8, 2011

On Saturday night at UFC 136, one of the most exciting fights in UFC history happened as Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar met for the final time and ended their epic trilogy.


What we’ll remember about this fight:

This fight ended in a way that no one expected it to. Out of all the possible ways that Edgar could have won on Saturday night, no one expected him to TKO Gray Maynard. This fight will go down as one of the best lightweight match-ups ever, and it will be remembered for Edgar's heart and his TKO of Maynard.


What we learned about Frankie Edgar:

Frankie Edgar is made of a material that is not currently known to science. He is indestructible.

All kidding aside, can you believe this guy’s heart?! What an amazing showcase of skill and determination on Edgar’s behalf.

We also learned that Edgar has knockout power. Maynard obviously didn’t respect the striking Edgar possesses, and that was his ultimate downfall.


What we learned about Gray Maynard:

Maynard needs to stop head-hunting! He had Edgar! He should have come out in the second round and gone at Edgar with everything he had. Instead, Maynard let Edgar rest up and actually ended up losing the second round.

Maynard is a great athlete, but he needs to remember that he has so much more than just his striking.


What’s next for Frankie Edgar:

To put it simply, glory. Frankie Edgar is on his way to becoming the greatest lightweight ever. He’s already well on his way and tonight will certainly be one of the deciding factors in his legacy as one of the best in the sport.

To come back not once, but twice from the brink is amazing enough. But to come back and TKO Maynard! That is a true warrior.


What’s next for Gray Maynard:

Maybe a move up to welterweight. Maynard is starting to look like he might become a gatekeeper at lightweight. He’s been so close to defeating Edgar twice now and has come up short. That is something that’s hard to come back from for everyone.

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