BOSTON - AUGUST 27: UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar weighs in at 154 lbs at the UFC 118 weigh-in at the TD Garden on August 27 2010 in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC 125 Results: Frankie Edgar And Gray Maynard Battle To Draw In Instant Classic

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UFC 125 Results - Frankie Edgar And Gray Maynard Battle To Draw In Instant Classic

Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard met at UFC 125 in a rematch of their 2008 fight that was won by Maynard by decision. That fight was the only blemish on Edgar's professional record. Many fans worried that Edgar's quick striking style and Maynard's tendency to win fights through top control would make for an ugly and boring fight. Instead, what we got was a fight that is one of the greatest in the history of the UFC.

In the first round Maynard caught Edgar coming in with a punch and hurt him badly. Gray chased him around the cage landing hard shots and rocking Edgar repeatedly. It seemed at several points as though Edgar, now bleeding badly from his nose, was on the verge of being finished. Somehow Edgar survived the onslaught and saw the light of the second round.

The second saw Edgar come out and appear to be clear headed after the beating he sustained in the first round. Frankie managed to get back to his bread and butter and move in and out while landing punches the the head and body of Maynard. It was a great comeback round to show that Frankie was not out of it after a poor round to get the fight started.

In between rounds two and three Randy Couture got in the face of Maynard and told him to stop looking for the knockout and just land his shots. Maynard appeared to listen as he had a very solid round three, winning it in the eyes of most with some nice punching and a takedown to give him some time working from the top position.

Edgar got back to business in rounds four and five landing crisp punches and combinations and even starting to dominate the wrestling with takedowns of his own. In the eyes of SB Nation the fight was 47-47 when the final round came to an end.

The official scorecards read 48-46 Maynard, 48-46 Edgar and a 47-47 draw. The fight being a draw means that Frankie Edgar retains his UFC lightweight championship. It also means that the planned bout between the last WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, and the winner of this bout will be put on hold in favor of a rematch. A rematch between two fighters that just put on one of the best fights you're likely to see sounds much more appealing than any other option at lightweight and is a fight that fans should anxiously await.

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UFC 125 Results: Brian Stann Knocks Out Chris Leben In First Round

Brian Stann dropped down for 185 for the first time in his career and wasted no time in asking for a very tough fight against Chris Leben. Leben had a tremendous 2010, closing out the year with a pair of huge wins over Aaron Simpson and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Stann proved quickly that the move to middleweight was probably a tremendous thing for his career.

The two men traded shots early with Leben getting the first big punch in with an uppercut. Stann stayed calm though and badly hurt Leben with a flurry. Leben survived and got back to his feet only to get knocked down by hard shots again. He then struggled back to his feet again and was dropped again. Stann refused to let up and finally forced the referee to step in and call an end to the bout.

This was a huge win for Stann that should earn him some more very interesting and very relevant fights in his new weight class.

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UFC 125 Results - Thiago Silva Dismantles Brandon Vera

At UFC 125 we were promised once again that we'd see a new and improved version of Brandon Vera when he took on the very dangerous Thiago Silva. Vera was correct in that he was much more aggressive on the feet but he got taken down in every round and had no answer for the bigger, stronger Silva.

Thiago would get takedowns after early portions of the round where Vera looked good and then would unload with punches while establishing complete control. In the third round Silva took Vera down and had his back for almost the entire round. At one point he got frustrated that Vera was doing nothing but covering up so he began to slap the side of Vera's head before "playing the bongos" on his back. At some point during the flurry of actual punches in the round Vera's nose was BADLY broken.

The judges saw the fight 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27 all for Thiago Silva.

I don't see Vera keeping his spot in the UFC after this fight. He has constantly disappointed and showed so little when the fight wasn't going his way tonight that he is likely to find himself looking to get back on his feet in the regional circuit.

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UFC 125 Results: Dong Hyun Kim Outlasts Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz and Dong Hyun Kim put on a show at UFC 125 that should put them in the lead for the Fight of the Night bonus. For three rounds they put on a great display of striking and grappling that was exciting at all times.

In the first and second rounds Kim was able to get takedowns and control Diaz on the ground. Diaz went for submissions on a fairly regular basis but Kim defended well and kept himself out of most danger while landing hard punches and passing Diaz's guard. The third round saw Kim tire and Diaz avoid those same takedown attempts while landing some very nice punches and kicks. The last minute saw Diaz land a hard flurry of punches but as he couldn't get the finish he lost the fight on the judge's scorecards 29-28.

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UFC 125 Results: Clay Guida Submits Takanori Gomi

Clay Guida has long been a fan favorite in the UFC but he has never reached the heights that Takanori Gomi had achieved during his heyday in PRIDE. Even much faded from his best days Gomi was picked by many fans and experts to get the win. Clay Guida had other ideas.

From the opening bell Guida moved around the ring quickly feinting in and out and causing Gomi to hesitate and have a lot of trouble finding his timing to land his trademark punches. Through the first round it was actually Guida that landed the better strikes with headkicks and right hands. And in the second things continued along pretty much the same until Gomi timed a knee as Guida shot in. Clay powered through the knee and got the takedown where he worked from the top position until Gomi attempted to sit up and Guida locked up a guillotine choke and forced Gomi to tap out.

This was, without a doubt, the biggest win of Clay Guida's career and he continues to show a very improved submission game since moving his training to Greg Jackson's camp.

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UFC 125 Results: Jeremy Stephens Lands Hail Mary KO On Marcus Davis In Third Round

Marcus Davis moved to lightweight for the first time to take on Jeremy Stephens at UFC 125. Davis looked big and strong which isn't surprising given his having fought at 170 pounds for years now. The fight was a chance for Marcus to show off his technical boxing skills and he did that with a solid jab and powerful left hand from his southpaw stance. The funny thing about MMA though, is that even if you do everything right for most of the fight you can still lose.

In the third round Stephens clearly knew he was losing the fight on the judge's scorecards and started to try to push forward and make something happen but was mostly just running into jabs from Davis. However, both men threw right hands at exactly the same time but Stephens' landed cleaner and harder and Davis tumbled to the mat unconscious. Jeremy dove down with one more punch but it was simply an exclamation point as the fight was already over once the first shot connected.

It was a huge come-from-behind KO that crushes Davis' hopes at 155 and keeps Stephens around as a fun KO artist.

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UFC 125 Results: Dustin Poirier Upsets Josh Grispi

Josh Grispi came into UFC 125 as a rising star in the featherweight division. He was scheduled to face Jose Aldo for the 145 pound title before an injury forced Aldo to withdraw. Dustin Poirier was brought in to take on Grispi and most looked at him as nothing more than a "stay busy" fight to keep Grispi fresh.

Poirier had other plans though and he dominated the fight with crisp and varied striking. Dustin threw hard leg kicks and front kicks from the opening bell that caused Grispi to start to hesitate before engaging. From there Poirier opened up with his hands and stared to blast "The Fluke" with hard punches. The story was the same for all three rounds as Grispi could not get much going aside from a few "near" submissions.

All three judges as well as SB Nation saw the fight as 30-27 for Dustin Poirier who gets a tremendous upset victory.

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UFC 125 Results: Brad Tavares Stops Phil Baroni

I don't think anyone pretends that Phil Baroni is truly UFC caliber at this point and Brad Tavares (formerly a middle of the road contestant on The Ultimate Fighter) did his best to drive that point home in their UFC 125 bout. Tavares survived a scary moment early in the bout where Baroni stung him with a punch and had him hurt. Tavares managed to grab half guard and survive until the opportunity was presented to get back to his feet.

Baroni's conditioning problems appeared to still be an issue as he was huffing pretty hard from the early action and during a brief break from an accidental low blow to the groin of Tavares it was clear that Baroni was on his last legs.

Tavares came out and landed a hard head kick and a series of punches that hurt and dropped Baroni and forced the referee to step in and stop the fight.

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