UFC 125: Resolution Did Not Resolve UFC Lightweight Title With Split Draw
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.Follow us on Twitter to get free up-to-date news via tweets from the World Correspondents, or you can subscribe to us by entering your e-mail below. You can confirm your free subscription by clicking the confirmation link that will be sent to your e-mail address. Once you've confirmed, then you're good to go.