For the third and final time, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will face off for the lightweight title this Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s UFC 136 in Houston, Texas. This event will have two title fights on the line—Edgar versus Maynard and Jose Aldo versus Kenny Florian. The main card can be seen on Pay-Per-View only, while the undercard will be shown for free via facebook.com/ufc.
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar vs. Gray “The Bully” Maynard
Frankie Edgar – Summit, N.J. 5-6, 155 pounds, 13-1-1, Lightweight Champion Gray Maynard – Phoenix, Ariz., 5-9, 155 pounds, 11-0-1
Edgar may be the champion, but he has yet to defeat Maynard. Their first bout was a snoozer and the second could easily be a candidate for fight of the year. Maynard came close to finishing Edgar in this bout, but Edgar stormed back to win the next three out of four rounds. This fight ended in a draw.
Look for their next bout to be even better. Maynard has to be furious at having to fight Edgar a third time. These two are superior wrestlers and have equally great stand-up. For once, look for Edgar and Maynard to keep this out of the judge’s hands at all costs.
Maynard by TKO (Strikes)
Jose “Junior” Aldo vs. Kenny “Kenflo” Florian
Jose Aldo – Manaus, Brazil, 5-7, 145 pounds, 19-1-0, Featherweight Champion Kenny Florian – Boston, Mass., 145 pounds, 16-5-0
Kenny Florian once again is the No. 1 contender looking to win a title in the UFC. Florian lost his first UFC match to Diego Sanchez for the right to be named The Ultimate Fighter. Later, he would go on to fight Sean Sherk for the lightweight title. He lost this bout by Unanimous Decision.
Florian regrouped and fought his way back to the top losing once again to former lightweight champion BJ Penn. After a successful debut in the featherweight division, Florian once again finds himself in familiar water. If he can pull off the upset by beating Aldo, everyone will have to be impressed with his resilience. Unfortunately for Florian, this is arguably his toughest title match yet. Many experts rank Aldo as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Aldo by Unanimous Decision
Chael Sonnen vs. Brian “All-American” Stann
Chael Sonnen – Milwaukie, Ore., 6-1, 185 pounds, 26-10-1 Brian Stann – Yokata Air Base, Japan, 6-1, 185 pounds, 11-3-0
UFC’s not-so-favorite loudmouth Chael Sonnen is back to face everyone’s favorite All-American, Brian Stann. As of this week, Dana White has confirmed that the winner of this bout will face Anderson Silva for the middleweight championship belt. Stann might have the tools to beat Sonnen, but doesn’t look to have the experience. A former WEC light heavyweight title pales in comparison to this type of match-up in the UFC. If Stann does pull off the upset, he better start planning for a long training camp as he will face the best mixed martial artist of our generation.
Sonnen by TKO (Strikes)
Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard vs. Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon
Melvin Guillard – New Orleans, 5-9, 155 pounds, 46-9-3 Joe Lauzon – East Bridgewater, N.J., 5-10, 155 pounds, 20-6-0
Louisiana native Melvin Guillard looks to take one last step toward title contention. Dana White has stated recently that he has always thought that Guillard was the biggest waste of talent. Saturday night, Guillard has a shot to prove him wrong.
“Ultimate Fighter” season five alum, Joe Lauzon is always a threat to move into title contention, but has been too inconsistent. This could be a great battle. Guillard seems to have matured into a well-rounded mixed martial artist, which means he may be able to avoid being caught by submission again.
Guillard by TKO (Strikes)
Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia vs. Nam Pham
Leonard Garcia – Plainview, Texas, 5-10, 145 pounds, 19-6-0 Nam Pham – Orange County, Calif., 5-6, 145 pounds, 16-10-0
Garcia by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Demian Maia vs. Jorge “The Sandman” Santiago
Maia by Submission (Triangle Choke)
Anthony “Showtime” Pettis vs. Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens
Pettis by Unanimous Decision
Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran vs. Stipe Miocic
Beltran by TKO (Strikes)
Tiequan “The Wolf” Zhang vs. Darren “The Damage” Elkins
Zhang by Unanimous Decision
Aaron “A-Train” Simpson vs. Eric “Red” Schafer
Schafer by Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Steve “Robot” Cantwell vs. Mike “The Master of Disaster” Massenzio
Cantwell by TKO (Strikes)