The UFC keeps on outdoing itself, with tonight’s offering, UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 offering some of the most exciting main card fights in recent memory. As always, the superlative fighters from the event took home fight night bonuses for their efforts, this time in the amount of $75,000 each.
Unsurprisingly, Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia took home the Fight of the Night bonus for their featherweight rematch, which was just as much a war as their first meeting. Both men sought to win decisively, and the result was a three round, back-and-forth battle which saw both men have moments of success. Though Garcia rallied in the final frame to hurt Phan and come close to finishing, it was Phan who took home a unanimous decision by virtue of his technical and aggressive attack in the first two rounds (the third too, but Garcia took that round pretty clearly).
Underdog Joe Lauzon was awarded Submission of the Night for his blitzing of a surging Melvin Guillard. Guillard came out too eager and confident, leaving himself open for the crafty Lauzon to hurt him with punches before swarming him and finishing the fight with an expertly-applied rear naked choke at just forty-seven seconds in the first round. This marks Lauzon’s seventh fight night bonus in his eleven-fight UFC career.
Finally, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar earned Knockout of the Night with his incredible fourth-round stoppage of challenger Gray Maynard. The fight had played out almost exactly as their second meeting did, with Maynard putting the champion in serious trouble early on by landing devastating punches throughout the first round that had Edgar in survival mode. Edgar rallied, just as in their second fight, but this time he came back strong enough to defeat the challenger decisively. In the fourth round, Edgar stunned Maynard with a slick uppercut after trying for a takedown and poured it on The Bully until he was down and out cold, earning the TKO stoppage.
UFC 136 went down at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.