Last Saturday night, October 8, the MMA world bore witness to one of the most impressive championship fights in the young sport’s history, as UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar put on a Rocky-esque performance to repel Gray Maynard’s second attempt to capture his belt.
For the second time in a row (the two met in a rematch at UFC 125 in January), Edgar was put in dire straits early by the challenger’s heavy hands, being forced to go into full survival mode just to make it out of the first round. And also for the second time in a row, Edgar was able to rally to bring the fight back to the challenger. This time around though, The Answer sealed victory and cemented his status as one of the best ever by putting Maynard away with punches in the fourth round.
The title defense will no doubt remain a crowning moment in Edgar’s career and will be remembered as one of the most impressive, inspiring and entertaining title defenses ever. Check out highlights of the epic battle below, courtesy ESPN.