In what will surely come to be known as one of the best title fights in UFC history, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar retained his lightweight strap after five rounds of intense, back and forth battling when the fight was ruled a draw.
Maynard, who owns a previous victory over Edgar, absolutely dominated the first frame of the bout, mopping the Octagon canvas with Edgar by landing several well-placed left hooks. Though his legs were wobbly and his nose bloodied, Edgar managed to survive the round somehow and came out in the second looking for revenge. “The Answer” turned the tide in the second frame, pasting Maynard with solid right hands, avoiding “The Bully’s” takedown attempts and scoring a solid double leg of his own.
Maynard started to recover from his first round onslaught by the time the third frame rolled around, but neither man was unable to establish a clear advantage over the other, despite constant action. Though it is arguable, it seemed as though Edgar controlled the cage more thoroughly and landed the cleaner shots ( not to mention the number of takedowns he ended up completing on Maynard, especially in the fourth round) throughout the fourth and fifth rounds. The judges scored the fight a draw however, preventing Edgar from scoring what would have been a storybook comeback tale.
Edgar and Maynard add the first hash marks in their draw column with the fight, with Edgar’s record now reading 13-1-1 and Maynard’s 10-0-1, with one No Contest.
Regardless of the outcome, the two talented fighters put on an unforgettable show tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.