“UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III” took place Saturday night inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. As anticipated, the Octagon’s most star-studded fight card of 2011 lived up to expectations.
Lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (Pictured) rallied in dramatic fashion to retain his hardware against Gray Maynard in the night’s featured attraction. The show’s co-main event saw featherweight champ Jose Aldo successfully defend his throne against Kenny Florian.
Chael Sonnen also solidified his spot as UFC middleweight top contender by steamrolling Brian Stann on the card. However, if you ask Sonnen, he too successfully defended his title last night.
Mike Massenzio Defeated Steve Cantwell via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Aaron Simpson Defeated Eric Schafer via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Darren Elkins Defaeted Tiequan Zhang via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Stipe Miocic Defeated Joey Beltran via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Anthony Pettis Defeated Jeremy Stephens via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Demian Maia Defeated Jorge Santiago via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joe Lauzon defeated Melvin Guillard via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at :47 in the 1stRound
Nam Phan Defeated Leonard Garcia via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chael Sonnen Defeated Brian Stann via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) 3:51 in the 2ndRound
Jose Aldo Defeated Kenny Florian via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) (Aldo retains UFC featherweight title)
Frankie Edgar Defeated Gray Maynard via TKO (Strikes) at 3:54 in the 4thRound (Edgar retains UFC lightweight title)
Fight of the Night:
Nam Phan Leonard Garcia ($75,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Joe Lauzon ($75,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Frankie Edgar ($75,000)
The reported attendance was 16,164 and garnered a live gate of $2.2 million.
Kenny Florian doesn’t know if he will retire or what’s next.
Sonnen said he meant everything he said to Silva. A deal’s a deal. He would have done something if Silva said that to him, but Silva just sat there. It was a good move by Silva.
Dana White said Frankie Edgar is #2 pound-for-pound in the world.
White said he told Edgar before he should move to featherweight because that’s how much he weighs. If Edgar wanted to move, he would have to relinquish his lightweight belt.
Jose Aldo knew he couldn’t be too explosive because Florian would have beat him.
Joe Lauzon thought Melvin Guillard underestimated him by going to UFC Fan Expo earlier Saturday.
White said their Super Bowl events always take place in Las Vegas. Not sure if Silva vs. Sonnen will be there.
Gray Maynard learned his lesson from their rematch by not going too hard after Edgar when he was dazed today, but he still went after him but just couldn’t finish.
White doesn’t know who is next in line for the lightweight title.
Edgar will fight anybody, but thinks a bout with Gilbert Melendez will sell a lot of pay-per-views.
Sonnen said he was happy to make his first successful middleweight title defense tonight. He’s willing to give Anderson Silva a shot at his belt.
White said he would have killed himself if ‘Edgar vs. Maynard III’ was another draw.