Five Conclusions from UFC 125: Edgar vs. MaynardPosted on January 2, 2011, 10:06 AM by Anton Gurevich
Maybe UFC 125 did not promise, but it surely delivered a great night of action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The night was headlined by a UFC Lightweight title fight between the reigning Champion Frankie Edgar and an unbeaten challenger in Gray Maynard. Fan favorites such as Brian Stann, Chris Leben, Clay Guida, Takanori Gomi and Nate Diaz also took part in the action.
Here are my personal conclusions from this event. Don't be shy to share yours at the comments section.
Fe = Iron
Personally, I agree with Dana White's thoughts about unfair criticism towards Frankie Edgar. UFC Lightweight Champ did everything necessary to get some respect from the fans before defending his title against Gray Maynard. But this fight against Gray Maynard was surely a turning point. Frankie Edgar showed a tremendous heart, and ability to bounce back from what was basically a "no way out" situation. I don't understand how anyone can say now Frankie Edgar is not deserving his belt. Edgar's "Fe" T-Shirt means "Iron", a perfect slogan for what was nothing but an Ironman performance.
Anthony Pettis is the only Loser
WEC Lightweight Anthony Pettis will have to wait approx. six months to get his shot at either Frankie Edgar or Gray Maynard. Shoul he? That's another question. Fighters like Jim Miller or George Sotiropoulos make most sense for "Showtime", who can make a bold statement with a first victory inside the UFC Octagon. UFC Lightweight division is stuck now. A fight between Pettis and Miller/Sotiropoulos can open-up new exciting possibilities.
Chris Leben should re-think his striking tactics
You can't become a Champion in any top-tier promotion by stopping punches with your face. Yes, Chris Leben improved a lot and deserves all the praise for his recent victories. But coming forward with your chin up and hands down won't get you any further. Leben should fight smart, just like Thiago Silva, because sometimes it's the only way to get the vital W. MMA evolves so fast, and it's about time for "Crippler" to adapt.
Thiago Silva is Back
I was happy to see Thiago Silva getting a victory in his comeback. Brandon Vera is a game opponent, and that's exactly what Silva needs on his way back to the top. Back in the day, I considered him a perfect opponent for Jon Jones, and still would love to see this fight happening. Exactly one year ago at the very same arena, Thiago Silva lost via Unanimous Decision to Rashad Evans. Yesterday's fight against Brandon Vera showed how much Silva learned from fighting Evans, which was his only bout in 2010. I hope we see more from Silva in 2011, as I won't be surprise if he'll be in mix for a title shot at the end of the year.
What's next for Josh Grispi?
Number one contender for the UFC Featherweight title Josh Grispi was dominated by Dustin Poirier, losing via Unanimous Decision. UFC lost a promising young title contender in Josh Grispi, who wasn't really supposed to fight on this card. I won't lie, I'm a huge fan of Josh Grispi and still believe in this kid. He will have to work his way back to the top, and learn from his mistakes. This way or another, Grispi is still one of the biggest prospects in Mixed Martial Arts. Perhaps, Grispi's defeat will give an opportunity for a winner of the fight between Michihiro Omigawa and Chad Mendes to get a shot at Jose Aldo's title.