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UFC 125 unresolved

UFC 125 is a couple of days old and folks are still talking about the main event, a post-New Year’s MMA buzz supplied by Frankie Edgar’s near-miraculous recovery after one of the worst first rounds since David met Goliath, Gray Maynard’s ineffective head-hunting and takedown attempts, and the eventual inconclusive conclusion that will see the pair square off for a third time, putting the entire lightweight division on hold indefinitely.

Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. Firstly, many – myself included – were predicting the lightweight title bout between defending champ Edgar and Maynard would deliver all the excitement of two socks in a dryer. Everyone knew it would go to the judges; none of us could’ve predicted how it would get there. That it was a fireworks-filled five-rounder that stayed primarily on the feet, except when Edgar was getting leveled by hooks and uppercuts in the first frame or when Maynard was picked up and slammed onto his back in the second, was a surprise (especially considering the wrestling-based Maynard took Edgar down close to a dozen times during their first three-round encounter). That the fight was declared a draw, the second in UFC title bout history (BJ Penn vs. Caol Uno, which was also a rematch, was the first), was really no surprise.

So in a few months, Edgar and Maynard will do it all over again. In the meantime, it’ll give WEC champ and number one contender Anthony Pettis a chance to work on his wrestling with Ben Askren. It’ll give Clay Guida, who annoyed the fuck out of me and Takanori Gomi with his incessant dance-rave head-bobbing like he was playing lead guitar for Slayer, a chance to face another top competitor – might I suggest the equally energetic and hair-endowed Ben Henderson? And the rest of the division – Jim Miller, George Sotiropoulos, etc – will have to be content with contending for a shot at title contention. It’ll be that kind of year.


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