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UFC 136 Aftermath: The Bully Gets Beat Down


Dana White post-event interview with Ariel Helwani. Props: MMAFighting.com

It’s no stretch to say that UFC 136 was, on paper, the most stacked UFC card since UFC 100. It featured two title fights, the return of the only middleweight to make Anderson Silva look human, a rematch from one of the most controversial decisions of 2010 and a lightweight contender looking to keep his winning streak alive. Add on the UFC Fan Expo being held on the same weekend, and it would seem impossible for UFC 136 to live up to the hype. Yet, impressively enough, it did.

If you’re a fan of “zombie style” fighting, then Frankie Edgar absolutely has to be one of your favorite fighters after last night. In a performance that caused more than a few of us to experience déjà vu, Edgar seemed like he was one punch away from being knocked out throughout Gray Maynard’s early onslaught. But Edgar hung on and managed to take the next two rounds en route to a fourth round TKO. It’s an impressive accomplishment, especially considering that Frankie Edgar is a natural featherweight while Gray Maynard is pretty big for a lightweight, if Mike Goldberg is to be trusted. Any questions about Frankie Edgar’s ability to finish seem to have been answered last night. Especially in the eyes of Dana White, who awarded Frankie Edgar the 75k Knockout of the Night honors.

Meanwhile, new questions have been raised about Gray Maynard’s conditioning. Let’s face it; this is two fights in a row where Maynard’s performance has been Carwin-esque, gassing out trying to finish Edgar early. Time will tell whether or not the comparison is fair, but it doesn’t help Gray’s cause that during the first round we were constantly reminded of the rigorous conditioning program he underwent to ensure he wouldn’t tire out so quickly for the rubber match.

I’ll say this much about Kenny Florian: He knew that if he stood any chance beating Jose Aldo, it would be beating him against the cage, putting him on his back, and having good enough conditioning to take it to the judges. Florian managed to stick to this game plan throughout the fight, even managing to steal a round from the champion. Frankly, if Aldo wasn’t that much better than Florian, Ken Flo probably would have managed to steal the fight. But Aldo was just that much better, outclassing Florian in virtually every aspect of the fight. I would compare Kenny Florian to Allen Iverson, in the sense that he’s one of the best in our sport to never win a title on the sport’s biggest stage, but I have way too much respect for Iverson to make such a comparison. Iverson was a fan favorite who always seemed to be ahead of his time, both on and off the court. Florian is a great fighter, but this was arguably the most competitive of his three title shots. Let that sink in.  

Ironically enough, there was a fighter from last night that could draw the Iverson comparison. Don’t act like you don’t know who I’m talking about. Chael Sonnen looked like he hadn’t missed a step against Brian Stann, despite over a year’s worth of inactivity. Sonnen delivered the same beatdown that made Anderson Silva finally look human against the thoroughly outclassed Brian Stann. To Stann’s credit, he consistently worked for submissions against Sonnen, but was unable to put any meaningful offense together. In typical fashion, Sonnen took the microphone after the fight and showed the rest of the UFC how to create hype. Will the loser actually leave town? As the video above shows, Dana White doesn’t want to commit to an answer to that yet.  

The 75k Fight of the Night bonus went to Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia for their three round tilt. The fight played out exactly as we expected it to, as it was the same slugfest that was their first meeting. As per their first meeting, Phan outclassed Garcia with his refined striking. Except this time around, Garcia came dangerously close to finishing Phan. And this time around, the judges got it right and awarded Phan the fight. Has Garcia lost his immunity with the judges? Maybe so. Likewise, Submission of the Night honors went to Joe Lauzon for his rear naked choke against the heavy favorite, Melvin Guillard. Guillard got caught early, and once he was on the ground, he was the same Melvin Guillard we’ve always known. Props to Joe Lauzon for being able to finish off Guillard, but the above video seems to indicate that Dana White thinks the performance was a 75k fluke.

Full results, courtesy of BJPenn.com:

MAIN CARD:
Champ Frankie Edgar def. Gray Maynard via TKO (punches) – Round 4, 3:54 Champ Jose Aldo def. Kenny Florian via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Chael Sonnen def. Brian Stann via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:51
Nam Phan def. Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Lauzon def. Melvin Guillard via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 0:47

PRELIMINARY CARD: (Spike TV)
Demian Maia def. Jorge Santiago via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Anthony Pettis def. Jeremy Stephens via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD: (Facebook)
Stipe Miocic def. Joey Beltran via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Darren Elkins def. Tiequan Zhang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Aaron Simpson def. Eric Schafer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Massenzio def. Steven Cantwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

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MMAposeur- October 10, 2011 at 8:39 am
Little surprised at all the people calling the J-Lau win a fluke or luck. He's always been an intelligent fighter and has defeated stronger, faster fighters many times before - because he's more skilled.

Seems like every Lauzon fight I can remember, watching it with the g/f she'll be like, oh that skinny kid is gonna get his ass beat. And then he wins. Not to mention every fight he's had for the past 3+ years has been FotN or SotN.
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RwilsonR- October 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm
@ dano - agreed on the PFP, but can someone please explain why to me then BJ Penn was in the top 5 of everyone's PFP lists after getting smashed by Matt Hughes, getting destroyed by GSP, and losing his first fight to Edgar? It wasn't until the 2nd loss to Edgar that he started being downgraded. That is the reason PFP lists suck!
Joedirt- October 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Cutting weight is real. I've seen dudes drop insane amounts of water to make weight.... dangerous levels. Then re-hydrate. Personally I think whatever advantage is gained by being bigger is lost through fatigue.
Vovchanchyn Check- October 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm
FilmDrunk, you crazy for this one!
Bomber Man- October 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm
Man, Sonnen can make a Fitch vs Shields fight interesting. LEARN FROM HIM.
Get Off Me- October 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm
Strikeforce just got a 1 week death extension.
One minute Dana says he doesn't deal with Strikeforce, he promotes UFC, then the next minute he is on a conference call with Showtime and Strikeforce. Must be entertaining phone calls, Dana just keeps taking guys away and waiting for Showtime to pull out, what else can they be talking about.
oc in this bitch- October 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm
sick fights except for the spike ones.all were mostly good.but frankie #2 lol what a joke with a straight face even.p4p dont almost get knocked out twice in the first round maybe p4p best recovery.j lau is lucky he rocked him cuz it didnt look like he was gonna last too much longer.chael is the fuckin man his views are a lil kooky but hes a dominant fighter and anderson doesnt want any of that.nam pham is good middle of the tier fighter zorean zombie would be a good fight for pham but pham would get beat up.florian did better then i thought but still wasnt good hes no champ never will be.he will drop to 135 and dana will give him another instant title shot.lol what a joke.whats up with the heavyweights they all suck balls lately a bunch of nobodys who gas in seconds.GO DOS SANTOS kick that mexican ass for la raza.lol
Get Off Me- October 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm
@Danomite
The Lauzon left reminded me an awful lot of how Danzig Ko'd Joe Stevenson. Joe's ground game is great, his weakness has always been striking and post fight he actually said he has been working on his stand up extensively, yet it's called a lucky shot. Good eye though, I say Lauzon vs. Diaz next please, I think that will be a barn burner with Joe's evolving game.
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NomadRip- October 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm
That was one of the better cards in recent memory. A lot of full distance fights, but they were mostly good ones, at least.
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Cryptococcus neoformans- October 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm
@ dano. I agree about that P4P stuff. He barely won the belt to begin with and hasn't been impressive at all in any of his outings to me personally. Except for the fact that he can take a beating and still move around like a meth head at the first of the month.
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also, I believe it was a damn jab that put Guillard on wobbly legs. It was over so quick.
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Anhonestmoose- October 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm
In the sports science clip they listed Maynard as 172 pounds. I realize that was during a training camp and he may put on some pounds when not working out, but I can't see it being more than 15 lb.
Prometheus- October 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Frankie Edgar is the #2 P4P best fighter...? That's depressing.
danomite- October 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm
well Anthony Johnson admitted to being 220 lbs at one point so it's not unreasonable to think that Gray could get close to 200 in between fights.
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Someone needs to tell dana that top P4P fighters don't have 2 10-8 rounds against them and and a draw in their last two fights. If you're gonna base it solely on the fact that he's smaller than his competition then where is the love for Cain Velasquez? Cain's undefeated and just beat a gorilla who outweighed him by 30 lbs at least. And he's always fighting guys who outweigh him by 15-20 lbs. But he's never mentioned in P4P
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Joe Lauzon wasn't a fluke by any means. Melvin relies on his physical skills to win his fights. His technique has never been that great. He doesn't throw jabs and doesn't protect his chin when he throws that left hook. All lauzon had to do was put his guard up and throw a counter left hook every time he saw Melvin throw his left. Just because he was the first guy smart enough to figure this out doesn't mean it was a fluke
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ReX13- October 9, 2011 at 11:50 am
FilmDrunk>> Yeah, i thought there were several fights with interesting scores, and reminded myself that they were in Texas -- not known for their Johnny-on-the-spot athletic commissions.
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FilmDrunk- October 9, 2011 at 11:09 am
Also, who the fuck scored a round for Joey Beltran, and who didn't give Cantwell the first? It's a miracle the judges didn't fuck up a decision with Cecil Peoples-kun in there.
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dthrckt- October 9, 2011 at 10:48 am
I don't know much about cutting weight, but cutting > 20% of your normal weight and fighting 24 hours later sounds ridiculous. Goldie's saying he cuts a weight equivalent to a five gallon pail full of water - bull shit
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