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It Won’t Be Long, We’ll Meet Again: The Five Most Necessary and Unnecessary Rematches of 2011

#3 – Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard at UFC 125 

(It’s a good thing this fight ended up a draw, because Yves had totally spaced on who the hell he was in the ring with.) 

Why it needed to happen: Because the undefeated Maynard had arguably the more impressive list of victims, yet Edgar was given the title shot. Oh yeah, and Maynard’s list of victims included Edgar himself.

How it happened: Not unlike Major Benson Winifred Payne’s tale of the little engine that could, Frankie Edgar faced plenty of opposition in his second title defense, nearly getting decapitated in the first round by a particularly brutal series of Maynard uppercuts. But do you think that stopped him? HELL NO! Edgar would rally back over the next 4 rounds, fighting his way to a unanimous draw, which may not sound like much, but considering the first round, was damn near superhero-like.

What it proved: That Frankie Edgar can take a f*cking beating, son. It would also be the second time in the champ’s career that an immediate rematch would be called for, which would in turn set up…

#2 – Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 3 at UFC 136
Frankie Edgar Gray Maynard UFC 136 gif gifs knockout
(We told you not to let that MasterWeight affect your training, Gray.) 

Why it needed to happen: Because we needed some Goddamn closure.

How it happened: After handing out the second worst first round beating of the champion’s life, Maynard would again find himself on the wrong end of an Edgar comeback, this time via a fourth round KO. It would be Maynard’s first professional loss and undoubtedly Edgar’s biggest win.

What it proved: That Edgar had truly evolved more as a fighter than Maynard since the pairs initial meeting, and deserved to be called the champion. “The Answer’s” title run had been shadowed by doubt at every turn up to this point, and with his win over Maynard, Edgar was finally given some breathing room, and a spot on many MMA pundit’s top pound-for-pound lists.

#1 – Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz at UFC 132
Urijah Faber Dominick Cruz UFC 132
(Photo taken at UFC 132: Battle at Widow’s Peak.)

Why it needed to happen: Say what you want about Faber’s somewhat quick turnaround in between title shots, but being that he was the only blemish on the record of the otherwise untouchable (literally and figuratively) Dominick Cruz, it seemed appropriate to match them up again. Urijah had already been beat out of the featherweight division, and looked great in his wins over Takeya Mizugaki and Eddie Wineland, so what the hell.

How it happened: An epic back and forth brawl that was immediately labeled by fans and critic alike as a Fight of the Year candidate. Though Faber was able to land the more significant shots, it was Cruz who was able to do so more often and with more consistency. Add to that the 4 to 1 takedown advantage in Cruz’s favor, and it was enough for the champ to walk away with yet another unanimous decision nod.

What it proved: Besides proving that the lower weight classes could draw just as big a crowd as the big boys, Faber/Cruz 2 gave us a glimpse of how to solve the riddle that is “The Dominator.” Constant pressure. It allowed Faber to throw a fighter even as quick and elusive as Cruz off his game, a strategy that Demetrious Johnson would utilize to some success in his battle with Cruz at UFC Live 6. And now that the two have signed on as next season’s TUF coaches, we can expect five more rounds of certified awesomeness in the not too distant future.

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Rear Naked Poke- December 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm
what about Ken Shamrock calling Royce???
Todd M- December 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm
I liked the article Danga, but I think the Mir/Nog rematch was worth watching because they both are former champs and IMO are kind of just gatekeeping now anyway so the rematch was a fight that they could both get motivated for and damn what a fight we got.
Rampages Conscience- December 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm
Chill NinjaVanish... Faber is a likable character who destroys non-title competition. Plus he loves his mom and always waves to her during his entrance which is just adorable.

Good article and good list (except Edgar/Maynard shoulda been switched with Cruz/Faber).
NinjaVanish- December 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm
Seriously, the constantly having to click through 5 links to finish a story is both annoying, and "lazy journalism for clicks" on your part.

That being said, I'm really displeased that they chose to give Urijah Faber yet another undeserved title shot. I'm sick of watching that kid's face on every card, even the ones he dosen't fight on. Everytime anybody who fought Faber is fighting, they bring up the fight vs Faber, two out of the five commercials on the free shows contain Urijah Faber, etc. Really, for a guy who has dropped his last FOUR title shots its clear he used to be the big guy in a small promotion. Now that the weight classes he fights in have depth, Faber just isnt champion material anymore. Maybe if he stopped with that flashy hand dropping spinning dumbass bullshit, he might actually win one of these title shots that is is unjustly given. Absolute bullshit.
tp24890- December 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm
caption for the tito pic should be:

Rashad: So she fits it in her mouth just like this?! All at once?!
Tito: Mhhmm
bitteralex- December 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm
fuck u danga... stop linking every stupid thought you have... trying to scroll down with my iPhone I must have clicked 3 inane links... seriously.. fuck u
tjbaron- December 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm
Just wanna point out that in the original Men In Black comics, they didn't use mind eraser devices... they just killed witnesses. After Pudz vs Thompson, maybe this approach is more necessary.
Yazloz18- December 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm
Why list Evans/Ortiz? It wasn't the original match-up and in all fairness the first fight was close even if Tito's repetitive fence grabbing kept Hashad from winning
Sopapo- December 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Look, im a big Mir fan. But he doesnt have a chin. He will never wear that belt, so i was really happy to see this fight take place and i could even watch a third one. All one has to do to beat mir is put him against the fence let him absorb some damage to the brain and thats all she wrote.
Imagine Dos Santos or even Overeem against him, one sided beating.
phantom151- December 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm
silva sonnen im in
itsgalf- December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm
ahhhh good times. good times
itsgalf- December 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Here's a rematch that needs to come to fruition:

Pedro Martinez vs Don Zimmer
The_Dead_Cow- December 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm
hendo vs shogun
ArmFarmer- December 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm
You know what would get you more page views than hyperlinking away from your site every other word, and putting each paragraph on a seperate page? Having a website that doesn't suck ass and require hyroglyphics and chinese characters to post a comment.
frndlylion- December 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm
I am definitely looking forward to Cruz vs. Faber 3