UFC 125 may not of had the star power like UFC 124 had with Georges St. Pierre, but it still was a solid card from top to bottom. The main card included a nice submission from Clay Guida, a surprise knockout by Brian Stann, and the main event was n different. Frankie Edgar got the chance to avenge his only UFC loss by facing the undefeated Gray Maynard for the belt. You couldn’t have asked for a better start in round 1 where Maynard rocked Edgar several times and throwing a whopping 97 punches on him. I don’t think Edgar was able to stand up straight once that entire round, but somehow he survived the round. After that, the entire fight was back in forth. Edgar bounced back in round 2 proving just how tough he is rocking Maynard with some nice combinations and even throwing a power slam against him. Rounds 3, 4, and 5 were very indecisive and could have gone either way in many people’s eyes. They read off the scores “48-46 Maynard, 48-46 Edgar”. Normally excitement is built going into the 3rd score as it’s the tiebreaker. Instead, the normally excited Bruce Buffer said “47-47 declaring this bout a draw”. You could break down the frame by frame and see the look of disappointment on both their eyes. The question no becomes what to do? WEC lightweight champion needs to get his chance and the belts need to be unified. However, Maynard proved he has what it takes to be the champ. Dana White originally gave the next lightweight championship fight to Pettis, but recently reconsidered saying “how can you not give it to Gray”? To be honest, this is the right answer after what might be the fight of the year when all is said and done. So what about Pettis? If he doesn’t get the fight as expected, does he get another fight in preparation or do you shelve him for several months? It all depends on how ready Edgar and Maynard will be read for their rematch. Anything after March and I think Pettis needs to be given a non-title fight with the understanding his fight after that will be for the title unless he puts up a disappointing effort. Only 2 days into 2011 and this year of the UFC is off to a great start.
UFC 125 Ends In . . . A Draw?