UFC 125 Results: Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fight for a DrawPosted on January 2, 2011, 12:02 AM by Anton Gurevich
Defending UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and the challenger Gray Maynard fought to a draw at the UFC 125 main event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gray Maynard had a dream opening for the fight, catching Frankie Edgar with a hard punch that sent the Champ down to the canvas. Edgar tried to return back to his feet with a intuitive rollback, but Maynard continued the pressure, rocking Edgar again and again. Gray Maynard was all over Frankie Edgar, landing 97 shots (according to the UFC) in his attempt to finish the fight. But Edgar showed a true heart of the Champion, coming back again and again, and even landing some punches of his own.
Surprisingly, Edgar looked refreshed in Round 2. Now it was "The Answer's" turn to dominate, as Frankie Edgar scored takedowns and landed some hard punches on Gray Maynard. Edgar's trademark movement was back, as Gray Maynard struggled to find his way back to the dominance seen in Round 1.
Three remaining rounds were split between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. The challenger was better in the third, the champ returned once again in the fourth. Fifth round was very equal, with a slight advantage in favor of Frankie Edgar. O
In the end, it's the first draw in a UFC title fight (correct me if I'm wrong). Looking at the bigger picture, both fighters were good on striking, but Frankie Edgar surely had a better movement and stopped 90% of Gray Maynard's takedowns. Fight-wise, I would give this fight to Frankie Edgar.
I had Frankie Edgar winning Round 2, 4 and 5, but I can understand the judges who scored this otherwise. We'll have to wait and see what happens with Anthony Pettis' promised title shot, as there surely has to be a rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.