UFC 136 takes place later tonight at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The event airs live on pay-per-view at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The pay-per-view broadcast will be preceded by prelim specials on Facebook at 6pm ET/3pm PT and Spike TV at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
In the main event, Frankie Edgar puts his UFC lightweight title on the line again against Gray Maynard.
In the co-main event, Kenny Florian challenges Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title.
Chael Sonnen returns from his “time-out” to take on Brian Stann in a middleweight bout.
Melvin Guillard looks to put himself in lightweight title contention against Joe Lauzon.
Leonard Garcia and Nam Phan meet in a featherweight rematch.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Frankie Edgar def. Gray Maynard via TKO (Punches) at 3:54 in Round 4
- Jose Aldo def. Kenny Florian via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
- Chael Sonnen def. Brian Stann via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 3:51 in Round 2
- Nam Phan def. Leonard Garcia via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Joe Lauzon def. Melvin Guillard via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at :47 in Round 1
- Demian Maia def. Jorge Santiago via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Pettis def. Jeremy Stephens via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Stipe Miocic def. Joey Beltran via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
- Darren Elkins def. Tiequan Zhang via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
- Aaron Simpson def. Eric Schafer via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mike Massenzio def. Steve Cantwell via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Recap & Thoughts
Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens: In a pairing between two extremely dangerous strikers – Pettis deadly with his acrobatic kicks and Stephens lethal with his supersonic hooks – expectations were high that there’d be the kind of stand-up exchanges that would end up on highlight reels for years to come. But the first round provided only limited trading, with each man probing the other, and Stephens mixing up his attack with a pair of successful takedowns. Perhaps sensing an advantage on the ground, Pettis turned the tables and took his foe to the canvas twice in the second round, battering him from top position and working his way to Stephens’ back, where he spent the last 90 seconds of the frame threatening with a choke. Sadly, there were no moments of striking brilliance in the final round either, with both men content to wrestle and jockey for control on the ground throughout. It was by no means a stale bout, but it wasn’t what was expected, and as a testament to the closeness in scoring, the end result was a split decision that favored Pettis.
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago: Wielding ever-evolving boxing skills and the newfound confidence it brings, Maia had zero fear wading into range of Santiago’s fearsome kickboxing, and twice in the opening round the elite jiu-jitsu master expertly took the Sengoku star down and controlled him. Round 2 was practically a carbon copy of the first, with Maia again easing into top position on the ground, and though Santiago’s own black belt grappling skills were enough to render Maia’s offense mute, he had no answer for what Maia was bringing. After the final round played out exactly like the two before it, Maia’s unanimous decision was a no-brainer.
Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon: Just in case you thought Guillard was going to be too explosive, fast and powerful for Lauzon, the New Englander came out and defeated the “Young Assassin” in 47 seconds. Catching Guillard with a left hook as Guillard came in swinging, Lauzon hit his foe in the sweet spot, and he wasted no time pouncing on the stunned fighter, easing onto his back to work the rear naked choke. Guillard defended momentarily, but was tapping out soon after.
Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan: For about the first twenty seconds, Garcia seemed to be focused and tight with his stand-up. Then Phan blasted him, unloaded a flurry against the cage and sent him to the canvas twice, and all technique went out the window. Mixing body shots with rapid-fire short punches, the TUF veteran landed repeatedly throughout the first and second round, while Garcia swung for the fences and missed more often than not. However, somewhere in between Rounds 2 and 3 Garcia found his motivation, and he came out in the third throwing everything with such intensity that he began to overwhelm Phan. Twice Garcia nailed Phan and wobbled him, and when he tired (and boy did he tire), Phan recovered and began firing back. The round ended with both winging bolos and the crowd ecstatic at the display. The judges got it right this time around and gave the unanimous decision to Phan, but after such a thrilling performance, it’s hard to label Garcia as the loser.
Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann: There’s imposing your will, and there’s what Sonnen did to Stann in the first round of their middleweight clash. Pressing the ex-Marine against the cage early on then taking him down, Sonnen controlled Stann like few have, threatening with chokes when he was glued to his back, and battering him with fists, forearms and elbows from side-control and mount. Stann faired no better in Round 2. In fact, when Sonnen effortlessly slammed him to the canvas, slid into side-control and judiciously applied an arm-triangle choke, things got much, much worse. Stann tapped out at 3:51 of the round, and in his post-fight interview he issued the mother of all challenges to champ Anderson Silva, promising to leave the UFC if he loses to the Brazilian again.
Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian: Despite sharing a weight class, it was obvious that Florian’s size advantage over champ Aldo was going to be a factor. Case in point: the first round of their championship scrap, which saw Florian muscling the Brazilian into the cage and threatening with takedowns that would’ve for sure made Aldo’s life miserable if they had panned out. But Florian began to tire in Round 2, and that, coupled with Aldo’s ability to find his range and land leg-kicks and combinations, had the American getting out-pointed on the feet. The third had Florian flubbing a takedown and Aldo finding mount, although Florian did a great job of wiggling out of danger. Both men slowed a bit in Round 4 – Aldo’s exhaustion as much a product of Florian pressing him against the cage as the duration of the fight – and Round 5 had the champ again taking mount after Florian slipped to the floor. When time ran out the judges awarded Aldo the unanimous decision victory by virtue of four rounds to one.
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard: Just as before, Maynard managed to put his hands on Edgar with such violence, it was unclear if the champ was going to make it out of the first round. Blasting Edgar with an uppercut that stunned him, then a right hand, then a knee, the “Bully” lived up to his moniker, and left Edgar with a bloodied nose at the bell. True to form though was Edgar, who came out refreshed in Round 2 and bit by bit began to out-box his foe. That momentum continued into the third, Edgar adding chopping leg-kicks to the assault as the challenger started to huff and puff. He grew even sharper and Maynard grew even sloppier in the fourth, and late in the round came the ending sequence: Edgar dazed Maynard with an uppercut coming off the clinch, and when the Bully stumbled, Edgar continued the onslaught, plastering Maynard repeatedly until Maynard was face-first on the canvas. The referee jumped in and ended it at 3:54 of the frame, and Edgar retained his belt in convincing fashion.
Submission of the Night: Joe Lauzon
Knockout of the Night: Frankie Edgar
Fight of the Night: Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan