The first time Edgar and Maynard faced off, they were both budding lightweight prospects, rising through the division ranks. Maynard earned a clean sweep of the scoreboards for his third straight win since exiting The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 and knocked Edgar out of the undefeated ranks in the process.
They met again at UFC 125 on New Years Day 2011, but this time Edgar was at the top of the lightweight division and Maynard was the title challenger. That night inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the familiar foes delivered the fight of the year, with Maynard beating Edgar from pillar to pillar in the first round, only for “The Answer “showed incredible resilience and heart while fighting back which resulted in the fight being a draw.
Maynard was stunned by the result, but it meant an immediate rematch and a third fight between the two was guaranteed, and after a spring engagement was pushed back to October, they finally settled things at the Toyota Center in Houston in UFC 136.
Incredibly, the fight played out like their second meeting, with Maynard hurting Edgar midway through the opening stanza and beating him throughout the rest of the round, leaving his face covered in blood as the horn sounded to signal the end of the first round. But once again Edgar survived and came out fresh to start the second lap, getting back on his bike and succeeding with his hands to show he was still in the fight.
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Edgar continued to get the better of things without really doing any significant damage in the third, fully recovering in the fight despite the hellish first round, much like their second encounter, and in the fourth the champion gave the rivalry away. a definite end.
A minute later, Edgar timed Maynard with a right hand, and 30 seconds later he landed flush again, clearly hurting the challenger. Edgar continued to mix things up and go after Maynard, leaving “The Bully” swinging in the air when he sought to respond. With just over a minute remaining in the round, Edgar looked to level up and get a takedown, but when Maynard looked to stand after defending, the champ connected with an uppercut that left him. spilled on the canvas.
Three right hands followed as Maynard got up and walked back into the cage, and when the challenger fell to his knees along the fence, Edgar unleashed a torrent of lefts that ended the fight and the rivalry.
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