UFC 136 Recap

Written By: Barry Laminack

The UFC rolled into Houston ready to put on one of their biggest shows ever, with a two day expo attached to a card with two title fights and a number one contenders matchup. The event lived up to the hype and then some.

EDGAR RETAINS TITLE, KEEPS IT OUT OF THE HANDS OF JUDGES

Frankie Edgar finally silenced the critics by successfully defending his title against Gray Maynard, finishing Maynard via KO in the 4th round. Much like their last matchup, Maynard came out on fire and dominated the first round. The bloodied Edgar came out in the second round and looked like a new man. He out-boxed Maynard in the second and third before earning the fourth round finish, which was good enough for a “Knockout of the Night” bonus. “I want to thank Gray Maynard, for bringing out the best in me,” Edgar said at the post fight press conference. UFC president Dana White hinted at a possible move to 145 for Edgar. “I would love to see him fight Jose Aldo,” White said. “But in the end that is his decision. He has beaten everyone at 155, so it’s hard for me to tell him I think it’s in his best interest to fight at a different weight class.”

ALDO MEETS TOUGHEST TEST, BUT FLORIAN NOT ENOUGH

Jose Aldo retained his featherweight title in a five round decision win over Kenny Florian. Florian kept himself off of Aldo’s long list of highlight real knockouts, but couldn’t do enough to knock off the champion. Every judge saw the fight 49-46 for the champion, who was able to keep the fight on the feet where he wanted it. “I knew I couldn’t let him take me down,” Aldo said. “I wanted to keep him standing so that I could pick him apart with my hands. Kenny is a really strategic, experienced fighter and he is dangerous in a lot of areas. I’m just really happy right now.”

SONNEN DOMINATES STANN, CALLS OUT SILVA

Chael Sonnen imposed his will on Brian Stann, taking him down at will before finishing him with a second round arm triangle. Sonnen’s wrestling proved too much for Stann, who obviously would have preferred a standup war. After the fight, Sonnen challenged middleweight champion Anderson Silva to a rematch, adding the stipulation that if he wins, Anderson would leave the division. He also added that if Silva were to win, he would leave the UFC for good. Sonnen continued to talk about Silva in the post fight presser. “I’m the people’s champion, the linear champion, the best damn middleweight in the world. We’re playing for keeps now. Anderson Silva, it’s time.”

PHAN OUT-STRIKES GARCIA IN A BRUISING STANDUP BATTLE

Nam Phan, who felt like he was robbed in a bad decision after the first match with Leonard Garcia, got some sense of revenge by outpointing Garcia in the rematch that won “Fight of the Night” honors. Phan rocked Garcia in the first and continued to light him up in the second. Garcia finally connected with some bombs in the third, but Phan battled through and took the victory. “Some guys come to win on points, I come to fight,” Phan said. “Thanks to Leonard for taking this fight. It was an honor to fight in front of this crowd tonight against such a tough opponent. I landed the strikes I wanted to land and I tried to keep pressing him. This is a fight I wanted and I’m excited that I got the win.”

LAUZON MAKES QUICK WORK OF GUILLARD

Melvin Guillard has made a habit of finishing his opponents very quickly, but this time he was the victim of a fast start by Joe Lauzon. Guillard landed a couple of good punches and a body kick, but left his hands down and ate a punch that rocked him. Lauzon quickly seized the opportunity and jumped on Guillard’s back, where he sunk in a rear naked choke to earn the first round victory. “This is the biggest win in my career,” Lauzon said. “I didn’t know I had the hook even when I dropped it in. I’m really proud of myself.” Guillard was obviously disappointed in his performance. “I blew my dream,” Guillard said. “I don’t deserve to be the champ. I have holes in my game. I have to get back on the ladder and win some fights. I’m sorry to the fans for the loss and it’s back to the drawing board.”

PRELIMINARY RESULTS

ANTHONY PETTIS DEF. JEREMY STEPHENS BY SPLIT DECISION

DEMIAN MAIA DEF. JORGE SANTIAGO BY UNANIMOUS DECISION

STIPE MIOCIC DEF. JOEY BELTRAN BY UNANIMOUS DECISION

DARREN ELKINS DEF. TIEQUAN ZHANG BY UNANIMOUS DECISION

AARON SIMPSON DEF. ERIC SCHAFER BY UNANIMOUS DECISION

MIKE MASSENZIO DEF. STEVE CANTWELL BY UNANIMOUS DECISION

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