UFC 136 Results: Top 5 Performances From the Edgar vs. Maynard Fight Card

Matt Juul@@MattchidaMMAContributor IIIOctober 10, 2011

UFC 136 Results: Top 5 Performances From the Edgar vs. Maynard Fight Card

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    Saturday night's UFC 136 in Houston, Texas proved to be a very exciting night of fights for MMA fans.

    In the main event, UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar finally put his saga with Gray Maynard to rest as he finished the challenger to retain his belt.

    In the co-main event, UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo kept his title by taking the unanimous decision against long time UFC veteran Kenny Florian.

    Despite only three bouts ending in finishes, UFC 136 still provided many interesting fights.

    Here are the top five performances from Saturday's event.

5. Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan

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    The highly anticipated rematch between Leonard Garcia and Nam Pham completely lived up to its hype Saturday night.

    Moving up to the main card after a planned bout between Dave Herman and Mike Russow was scrapped, both Garcia and Phan came out and put on a show for the fans in another back-and-forth war.

    This battle showcased the striking skills of both fighters.

    Phan's technical prowess earned him the unanimous decision win, but Garcia looked better than he did in his last two fights.

    UFC President Dana White awarded Garcia and Phan with a well-deserved Fight of the Night bonus for their exciting performance.

4. Anthony Pettis

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    The usual high-flying antics that Anthony Pettis is known for were not present Saturday night.

    Rather than relying solely on his striking, Pettis showcased a much improved wrestling game in his split decision win over Jeremy Stephens.

    Training with undefeated Bellator Welterweight champion Ben Askren, Pettis's wrestling looked a lot better in this fight than it did in his loss to Clay Guida.  

    Pettis was able to stuff a number of Stephens's take-down attempts.

    He was also able to get the fight to the ground numerous times against Stephens, ending the fight holding onto his back.

    This solid and well-rounded performance is proof of Pettis's ever-evolving game.

3. Joe Lauzon

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    Nobody really gave Joe Lauzon a chance against Melvin Guillard at UFC 136.

    Guillard was riding a five-fight win streak and was poised to become the top contender of the lightweight division with a win.

    Lauzon only needed 47 seconds to take care of the heavy-handed Guillard, knocking him down with a hook before taking his back and submitting Guillard with a rear naked choke.

    This amazing win is one of Lauzon's biggest to date and was one of the most unexpected finishes at Saturday's event.

2. Chael Sonnen

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    After being out for over a year, Chael Sonnen looked in prime condition against Brian Stann.

    Quickly taking the fight to the ground in the first round, Sonnen established his wrestling early as he grinded away at the former Marine.

    Sonnen employed great ground-and-pound that left Stann with no escapes from the bottom.

    Not known for his submission game, Sonnen showed better jiu-jitsu against Stann, finishing the fight with an arm triangle in the second round.

    This dominant performance may have earned him another crack at UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva's belt in the future.

1. Frankie Edgar

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    Frankie Edgar did not make his third bout with Gray Maynard an easy one, but he took the victory nevertheless.

    The first round seemed eerily familiar to their last fight, with Maynard knocking Edgar down and battering him with strikes in the opening frame.

    And just as in their last bout, Edgar bounced back.

    He established his striking, picking Maynard apart from the second round forward.

    Edgar's speed and solid boxing decimated Maynard from that point on.

    In the fourth round, Edgar caught Maynard with a huge right hook, dropping the challenger before finishing him with strikes.

    Finally vindicated, Edgar put on a great performance and took the Knock Out of the Night award for the finish.