Frankie Edgar walked away from the MGM Grand Garden Arena after UFC 125: Resolution with the UFC Lightweight belt but he did not beat challenger Gray Maynard. The UFC lightweight championship match ended in a split draw, resulting to UFC Lightweight champion Edgar keeping his belt.
Maynard was close to finishing the bout in the first round, dropping the champion twice but Edgar recovered in time to salvage a draw after five rounds. Maynard connected with solid punches that bloodied Edgar’s nose. Edgar was on the defensive in the first round and survived in time to catch his second wind.
Edgar shook off the beating he took in the first round to win rounds two, three and four. He took advantage of his handspeed and quickness to outbox Maynard. His combinations were too quick for the challenger although it was evident that he did not pack enough power to knock Maynard out. Edgar also failed to complete a guillotine choke attempt late in the third round as time ran out.
The fifth round was too close to call it could have gone either way. Maynard took round one 10-8, while Edgar took rounds two, three and four, 10-9 to lead 38-37 going into the final round.
Judges had differing scores 48-46, 46-48 and 47-47 for the split draw. It looks like there will be a a third match between Edgar and Maynard real soon to determine who the next UFC Lightweight champion will be.