Now that UFC 136 is in the history books, we can safely say that the 155 pound belt is in safe hands with champion Frankie Edgar, the 145 pound belt belongs to Jose Aldo and Chael Sonnen might well be the best fight promoter in Mixed Martial Arts.
Let's break down the action:
- Two of the preliminary card fights that streamed live on Facebook earlier in the evening got bumped up to the main card: Stipe Miocic vs. Joey Beltran and Mike Massenzio vs. Steve Cantwell. Neither fight is a classic for the ages, but both fights are action-packed and feature the momentum shifts and reversals of fortune that should appeal to any MMA fan.
- Nam Phan was out to avenge what he felt was a bad decision in his first fight against Leonard Garcia. Garcia, for his part, was out to prove the first fight was no fluke. Both men fought hard enough to take home Fight of the Night honors in this thrilling bout.
- Melvin Guillard entered UFC 136 riding a five fight win streak amongst a consensus that Guillard had finally put his "Melvin's easy to submit" reputation behind him. Unfortunately for Guillard fans, Joe Lauzon showed the old "go right after Melvin, hurt him standing and go for the tap out on the ground" formula still works. Unfortunately for the UFC, Lauzon is no where near the title shot Guillard seemed to be on the verge of.
- Chael Sonnen looked like the best grappler in the world against Brian Stann. He took him down at will, ground and pounded Stann to any sadist's heart's delight, and when the time came he went for the finish and got the tap.
- After the fight Sonnen was even more electrifying -- if you like pro-wrestling style antics that is -- going full WWE, talking smack and challenging Silva to a "loser leaves the division/UFC" title fight.
- Featherweight champion Jose Aldo made the adjustments he needed to make to come back and retain his title against a game and gritty Kenny Florian. The five rounder wasn't the most action-packed bout in UFC history, but Aldo showed a champion's ability to adjust and win against a clever challenger with a good game plan.
- Lightweights Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard reprised their UFC 125 classic in what, if anything, was an even better fight. Once again, Maynard utterly dominated Edgar in a brutal first round but couldn't finish the champ. Once again, the relentless Edgar held on, came back and this time finished Maynard with a furious fourth round flurry.
All-in-all it was an action packed night of fights featuring striking, grappling, submissions and knock outs -- in short all the ingredients that MMA fans expect from a UFC pay-per-view.
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