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UFC 136 Fight Card Breakdown: Frankie Edgar Vs. Gray Maynard

A complete break-down of every aspect of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III at UFC 136.

Photo by Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.
Photo by Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.

UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defends his belt against Gray Maynard tonight at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III. Maynard won their first fight by decision in 2008. On January 1 of this year they met for the second time and put on an all-time classic. That bout saw Maynard very nearly finish Edgar in the first round only for Edgar to survive and come back to win the second. 

The two are very evenly matched, Edgar's speed and ability to transition back-and-forth effortlessly from striking to wrestling balancing out Maynard's advantages in size and punching power. 

Personally I think Edgar has a psychological edge since he survived everything Maynard could throw at him in the first round of Edgar-Maynard II and came back to tie the fight. 

Aspect Edgar Points Maynard Advantage
Range Fighting

Boxing Slick Powerful Maynard
Kickboxing Diverse You Can Kick? Edgar
Wrestling Off the Transitions 1 Excellent Edgar
Clinch Fighting        
Dirty Boxing Effective 1 Brutal Maynard
Thai Clinch Has Used It 1 What's That? Edgar
Throws/Trips Very Good 1 Very Good Tie
Ground Fighting

Positional Control Good 1 Very Good Maynard
Scrambling Human Eggbeater 1 Omelette Maker Maynard
Ground and Pound Effective 1 Hurtful Edgar
Submissions Good 1 Limited Edgar
Intangibles Still the Champ 1 Couldn't Finish Edgar Edgar
Overall Frankie!!! 6/5 Missed His Chance Edgar