UFC 136 Recap: Frankie Edgar and Chael Sonnen shine in HoustonPosted on October 9, 2011, 02:53 AM by Trent Reinsmith
UFC 136 did not disappoint. The card had two title fights, two fights that could have put fighters on their way to title fights and a rematch that promised excitement. All in all, the event had the makings of an exciting evening of fights.
Did the card disappoint? The answer to that is a resounding no.
Stipe Miocic came into the event as a much ballyhooed heavyweight contender and while he showed a bit of a lack of cardio he earned a solid decision over Joey Beltran.
Melvin Guillard came into his bout against Joe Lauzon riding a five fight winning streak and as a favorite, but Lauzon did what he does best, submitted “The Young Assassin” and earned his sixth straight “Fight Night” bonus.
Leonard Garcia and Nam Phan competed in a rematch of their December 2010 bout that ended in a controversial decision. The action in this one resembled that of the first fight with Phan playing the role of striking technician and Garcia playing his role of going for the knockout with every punch. In the end, the technician took home with win.
A lot of people probably wanted Brian Stann to win his bout against Chael Sonnen, but the reality was that wasn’t going to happen if Sonnen was able to get the fight to the ground, which he did. Sonnen earned the submission win and then delivered a challenge to Anderson Silva, which is detailed below.
The main event showed that Frankie Edgar is one of the most resilient fighters in the UFC as Gray Maynard outstruck him 36 to 11 in the first round of their bout and left him bloodied as he returned to his corner, but just like at UFC 125, he couldn’t finish him, a fact that Edgar gladly took advantage of. The champ worked his way back into the fight, evened the striking stats and then ended things in the fourth round, starting things with an uppercut and ending things with Maynard on his face on the mat.
Questions after seeing Edgar vs Maynard:
- Is Frankie Edgar really the number two pound-for pound fighter in the world as Dana White claimed at the post-fight presser?
- What’s next for Gray Maynard? He once again had Edgar in trouble in the first round and once again he could not capitalize on the damage that he did during the first five minutes.
- What’s next for Edgar? Does it make sense to bring the next highest ranked lightweight into the UFC, Gilbert Melendez?
Notes and more questions following UFC 136:
- Is Stipe Miocic on his way to becoming a heavyweight contender? Sure it’s still early in his career, but if he can develop better cardio, will he work his way up the ladder?
- What’s next for Anthony Pettis and how long will his path back to top contender status take?
- Kenny Florian failed at his third attempt at UFC gold, will it be his last and did he shed the “choker” tag that Dana White hung on him?
LowKick.com UFC 136 main card awards:
Performance of the night: Let’s get a bit creative with this one and give it to Chael Sonnen for all around performance. Sonnen knew exactly what he needed to do to defeat Brian Stann and he did it, outwrestling him, avoiding his hands and keeping him on the mat. Sonnen also gets props for his first submission victory since 2007. His performance after the fight was also one of his top moments, using the in cage interview to call out Anderson Silva who was sitting ringside. “Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck,” Sonnen said “Super Bowl weekend, the biggest rematch in the history of the business. I’m calling you out Silva, but we’re upping the stakes. I beat you, and you leave the division. You beat me, and I will leave the UFC forever.”
Finish of the night: Frankie Edgar. Once again the champ looked like he was going to struggle to get past the first round and once again he put together a comeback, but this time he ended things, dropping Gray Maynard and earning the stoppage victory, putting the only loss and draw of his career behind him and moving on.