88.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight was basically a 3 round boxing match, with Swanson moving around the outside, while Edgar picked him apart with combinations. Edgar tried to work a bit of wrestling, and Swanson did a good job staying on his feet, but Swanson barely had any offense at all. This was a good performance by Edgar, but there's not really much to see about it. Clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Frankie Edgar, as he gets back on track after getting ranodmly knocked out just 6 weeks ago by Brian Ortega.
92.3
KO (Punches)
4:44
      The first round of this fight had both guys boxing at a decent pace, with Edgar looking slightly more technical, but Ortega was landing some big shots, and mixing in some wild flying knees and shit like that too. Ortega also threatened Edgar with a standing guillotine choke at one point, which Edgar quickly pulled out of. They continued to box, the first round was about to end, and then Ortega rocked Edgar with an elbow, unloaded with a series of big punches, he cracked Edgar with a series of hard uppercuts, knocking Edgar on his ass, and the fight was stopped. That was another FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE by Brian Ortega. This guy might be my favorite fighter at Featherweight at this point. Brian Ortega is one of the best grapplers in the world, and he just proved that he can box with a fantastic boxer as well. I love Brian Ortega, this guy is fucking LEGIT!!!
91.4
TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
10:00
      Edgar threw some solid punches, Rodriguez chewed him up with some fast hands and some slick kicks, and then Edgar shot for a takedown a minute into the round, and he dumped Rodriguez to the ground 90 seconds into the round, landing inside his guard. Edgar started landing some big punches & elbows, while Rodriguez was scrambling around like crazy from his back. Rodriguez was looking to setup an armbar or a triangle, while Edgar continued to pound on him with big punches & elbows. The longer the round lasted, the more Edgar chewed him up with brutal ground & pound. Rodriguez was able to survive until the end of the round, but that was probably a 10-8 round for Edgar.
     Rodriguez started the second round with a spinning wheel kick, Edgar took him down again, and Rodriguez started working for a kneebar, but Edgar was able to fight his way out of it, and he started pounding on him again 2 minutes into the round, and even passed to full mount in the center of the cage. Rodriguez turtled up, Edgar sort of grabbed his back, and Rodriguez spun around for a Kimura attempt, but Edgar escaped, and continued to pound on Rodriguez with big elbows. Rodriguez regained full guard, and threw some elbows up, but nothing compared to the monster elbows Edgar was dropping on him. Rodriguez continued to look for submissions from his back, but Edgar is probably ahead 20-16 going into the final round. In between rounds, Rodriguez's left eye was 100% swollen shut, and he said he wanted to continue, but the doctor stopped the fight. That was a huge win for Frankie Edgar, as he took out a guy that seemed absolutely unstoppable coming into this fight. Every time I think Edgar's career is winding down, he pulls out some shit like this.
91.7
Decision
15:00
      Stephens looks like he's twice Edgar's size. They traded strikes to start the fight, with Edgar being a little too fast for Stephens. Edgar then shot for a takedown halfway through the round, pressing Stephens into the fence, but Stephens did a good job staying on his feet for the most part. Edgar dumped him to the ground a couple of times, but Stephens was able to pop right back up immediately both times. Stephens finally broke free by throwing a knee from the clinch with 90 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Edgar.
     The second round started with Edgar punching Stephens in the dick. When the fight started back up, Edgar continued to work around the outside while picking apart Stephens with his fast punches & kicks. Edgar sort of took down Stephens again one minute into the round, but Stephens got up again, so Edgar slammed the shit out of him, but Stephens got up AGAIN. Stephens is looking tired, and we're only 2 minutes into the second round. Stephens randomly kicked Edgar in the head halfway through the round, dropped him, followed it up with a big knee, and Edgar went back to looking for a takedown. We're halfway through the round, and Edgar is still having trouble standing up without falling over. Stephens is clearly stalking him looking for the finish. I have no idea why Stephens isn't going in for the kill though, he's just picking him apart with a couple of punches here & there. Edgar shot in for a slick takedown with one minute left in the round, slapped on a guillotine choke, mounted Stephens, they continued to scramble around, and Edgar switched to ground & pound with 30 seconds left in the round. Edgar beat the shit out of Stephens in those final 30 seconds, and he MIGHT have done enough to steal the round. That round is probably a draw I guess? I'm scoring it for Edgar, because he finished the round in control, and nearly finished Stephens at the end, but it's hard to ignore that head kick from Stephens. This fight is fucking awesome!!!
     Stephens threw a lazy kick, and Edgar took him down 45 seconds into the final round. Stephens went for a decent Kimura from the bottom, but Edgar escaped that and passed to back control two minutes into the final round. Stephens stood back up, and Edgar threw him back down again. They reset back in the center of the cage with half a round left on the clock. Stephens was stalking Edgar for the last half of the round, throwing big punches, but Edgar did a good job keeping his distance while picking apart Stephens with his counters. This fight could go either way to be honest, but I scored it 30-27 for Frankie Edgar, especially since the fight is in New York, you have to assume that he'll be the favorite. BUT... Stephens nearly knocked him out in the second round, and had to chase him for the last half of the final round, so I wouldn't be shocked if someone scores the fight 29-28 for Stephens. All 3 judges gave the fight to Edgar for the unanimous decision victory. This card is fucking awesome so far.
91.1
Decision
25:00
      Edgar spent the first round picking apart Aldo with leg kicks, which is a weird turn of events. Edgar landed at least 3x's the number of strikes Aldo threw in that first round. Aldo landed some decent shots, and finally got kind of crazy in the final 10 seconds, but round one has to go to Edgar for 4+ minutes of being the only one with any real noteworthy offense. Aldo dropped Edgar late in the round though, so that round could possibly go either way.
     The second round started with Edgar being aggressive again, but every shot that Aldo lands, looks like it does some serious damage. Edgar on the other hand, is just moving around a lot, and peppering Aldo with light shots. Edgar's right eye is already bleeding, just halfway through the second round. Aldo shot for a couple of takedowns, but Aldo stuffed all of his shots with ease. This fight is all about Aldo looking like he could finish Edgar at any second, while Edgar is being FAR more aggressive, but that also means that he's leaving himself open for a lot more counters. I have no idea where the scorecards should be after the first two rounds, so I'm just going to say they're even going into the third round.
     They continued to trade strikes to start the third round, and Edgar shot for a deep takedown one minute into the round, but Aldo stuffed it easily again. Aldo's takedown defense is fucking ridiculous. Edgar pinned him against the cage, and threw some knees to the inside of his thigh. They broke apart, and Edgar landed some decent punches. I feel like Edgar is landing far more often, but his face is pretty jacked up already. Edgar clipped Aldo with a left hand halfway through the round, and followed it up with some hard punches. These guys are both trading at a good pace with 90 seconds left in the round. Edgar shot for another takedown, and Aldo stuffed it again. Aldo has been landing a lot of great knees when Edgar moves in on him. We're 3 rounds in, and I still have no idea who is winning this fight. I'm leaning toward Aldo at this point.
     Aldo looks like a fucking giant against Edgar. Edgar is still being more aggressive, but Aldo is doing FAR more damage. That's been the story of the entire fight, and that's the story for the fourth round as well. I have to assume that Aldo is winning this fight, but in my opinion, this has been a VERY close fight, and I wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision. Aldo dropped Edgar in the final 20 seconds of the fourth round, so I'm assuming that Aldo is ahead going into the final round.
     Also spent the final round dancing around, avoiding Edgar's aggression, but every time that Aldo WOULD throw a strike, it looked lethal. Edgar clipped Aldo with another hard left hand. Aldo nearly dropped Edgar with a right. Edgar continued to move forward, still trying to bring the fight to Aldo, and Aldo almost looked like he didn't want to fight at all, but I can't stress enough, every shot Aldo landed with, looked like it could kill a normal human being. Edgar was FAR more aggressive in this fight, but his face also looked like it had been torn apart by a machine gun, so... I'm scoring this fight for Aldo, 49-46, but I still won't be shocked if it ends up being a weird split-decision or something. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Jose Aldo, the UFC Interim Featherweight Champion.
91.3
KO (Punch)
2:28
      Mendes landed some hard leg kicks in the opening round, and Edgar was pressuring him with punches, and everything felt pretty even for the most part, for 3 minutes or so. AND THEN! Edgar landed a slick punch combination, a big right hand, followed by a big left hand, Mendes fell on his face, and almost immediately rolled back to his feet, but the fight was stopped by the referee, declaring it a knockout, and Mendes didn't seem to be trying too hard to dispute it. That was a pretty big win for Frankie Edgar.
90.1
Decision
25:00
      If fighters were swords, Faber's blade would be dull at this point. He used to chop people in half, and run through the competition with ease, and now he seems to be somewhat incapable of finishing the big fights. Edgar on the other hand, is still an extremely tough guy to beat, but as usual, with an average fight time of 22 minutes per fight, in every fight over the past 5 years, it's hard to get excited about his fights anymore, because the chances of the fight being a finish, are very very slim. With that being said, this fight was a typical Edgar fight, where he picked apart Faber with punches in every round, took him down several times, and controlled the pace of the fight, but never ACTUALLY seemed to be dangerous at all. Faber on the other hand, didn't really have much to show for himself, other than an ability to survive Edgar's sparring onslaught for 25 minutes. Congrats to Edgar for the unanimous decision victory.
93.5
Submission (Neck Crank)
24:56
      That was fucking insane... Going into this fight, I actually had Cub Swanson ranked as the #1 fighter at 145, it's hard to argue with a 6 fight winning streak, with his last loss being over 3 years ago. With that being said, Frankie Edgar fucking DOMINATED him, for 25 full minutes, taking him to the ground in every round, and brutally beating him, leaving Swanson a bloody mess. Swanson showed some decent striking while standing, but his inability to defend the takedown, or get back up, left him looking like an amateur against the much sharper Frankie Edgar. Not happy with a unanimous decision victory though, Frankie Edgar locked on a choke, finishing the fight with only 4 seconds left on the clock. Amazingly dominating performance by Frankie Edgar against one of the toughest fighters in the division.
89.6
TKO (Punches)
14:16
      Well... Every time B.J. Penn returns to the UFC, I always keep my fingers crossed, thinking that maybe THIS time will be different, and maybe since he took this fight so seriously, he'll make a triumphant return, and destroy somebody. But this fight was ridiculous. B.J. Penn dropped from 170 (his last fight against Rory MacDonald 19 months ago), down to 145 to take on Frankie Edgar (who he already lost to twice in the past). And Penn just stood there looking like a stop sign for the entire fight, completely upright, tip-toeing around the octagon, while Edgar beat the shit out of him, took him down without any trouble at all (usually Penn has amazing takedown defense, but he wasn't able to defend against ANY of the takedowns), and once they were on the ground, Edgar was able to punish him with punches & elbows, until eventually the referee had seen enough, and stopped the fight. Great fight for Edgar, but I think it's officially time for Penn to call it quits, this was pretty embarrassing.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Holy crap! Nobody could have guessed that a Frankie Edgar fight would go to a decision!!! Oh... wait a minute... Anyway, both guys move A LOT, they're both super fast (Edgar is faster), they both gave it a hell of a shot, and I personally gave the first two rounds to Oliveira, but they were close rounds. Frankie Edgar turned it up to 11 in the third round, and I feel like he did enough in that final round, to deserve the decision overall. The judges (for the most part) gave all 3 rounds to Frankie Edgar, so kudos to him I guess. I STILL feel like he should drop down to 135 though. I'm sure he gets irritated by having people constantly tell him to drop down in weight classes, but I REALLY feel like he'd be a beast at 135. But yeah, good fight overall I guess, I'm just getting bored by all of these decisions tonight.
92.8
Decision
25:00
      Well, here were are with another Frankie Edgar decision. With that being said, as usual, he got his ass beat for the first 3 rounds, and then his gas tank kicked it into high gear, and he was able to make an impressive showing for himself in the fourth & fifth rounds. In the end, I gave the fight to Jose Aldo, 48-47, and for the most part, the judges agreed, so yeah, Jose Aldo is probably the scariest 145 pound fighter I've ever seen. His leg kicks are like sledge hammers. BRUTAL!!! And his takedown defense is second to none.
94.0
Decision
25:00
      This was one hell of a scrap, just like their first fight. To be honest, I gave 3 rounds to Edgar, 1 round to Henderson, and 1 round I would have said was a draw. With that being said, the judges gave the fight to Henderson via split-decision, which I think was KIND OF bullshit, but either way, good fight overall I guess. I would like to see one of these guys eventually finish someone though. Nate Diaz is up next against Benson Henderson? Should be a good fight.
95.4
Decision
25:00
      This was a pretty amazing title fight. Bendo kept throwing kicks to Edgar's body, but Edgar caught 90% of them, and from those kicks, spawned some crazy flying spin kicks, great takedowns, excellent striking from both guys, knees, kicks, punches, elbows, etc... In the end, Henderson pretty much controlled the entire fight, and destroyed Edgar's face, and the judges saw it the same way I did, giving the fight to Henderson via unanimous decision. Amazing way to earn his first UFC Championship Belt. Frankie Edgar is a maniac though, most guys wouldn't have been able to stay in a fight like this for 25 minutes.
93.9
KO (Punches)
18:54
      This fight was pretty cool. Gray Maynard beat up Edgar pretty badly in the first round, breaking his nose, and cutting his face open in several spots. After that, Edgar slowly started to improve throughout the fight, until finally in the fourth round, he almost took Maynard to the ground, and then while they were scrambling to get back to their feet, Edgar knocked Maynard the fuck out with an excellent punch combo. Great comeback by Frankie Edgar!
95.0
Draw (Split)
25:00
      This was one of the wildest title fights of all time. Gray Maynard came out in the first round and absolutely dominated the champ, Frankie Edgar, beating the living shit out of him for the entire round. The second round went to Edgar, mostly because of a huge slam. The third round I counted as a draw. The fourth round I gave to Edgar by a pretty decent margin. The fifth round they were both slowing down quite a bit, but I gave that round to Edgar as well. So, in my opinion, this was an EXTREMELY close fight considering the 10-8 opening round in favor of Maynard, but in the end, I gave the fight to Edgar, the judges declared the fight a draw, and Edgar keeps the belt. However you want to score this fight, it was one of the best fights I've seen in a long time.
90.6
Decision
25:00
      Well, that was a pretty lopsided fight. Frankie Edgar was able to take B.J. to the ground every round, dominate him on the ground, he had better striking, more heart, more cardio, more of everything. B.J. Penn didn't look like he was even a title contender at all. So yeah, good job Frankie Edgar, you just DOMINATED B.J. Penn.
87.6
Decision
25:00
      Lightweight Championship fight! Oh my God! This is so exciting! Oh, wait... No it's not... 25 minutes of B.J. Penn standing in the center of the octagon, spinning around in circles, throwing a random counterpunch here & there, and Frankie Edgar hopping around him like a rabbit, throwing a few punches here or there. Neither guy had any interest whatsoever in finishing the fight. So yeah, after a performance like this, Penn didn't deserve to keep the belt, I gave the fight to Edgar 49-46 (gave the first round to Penn). So yeah, Edgar is the new champion, pretty cool historical moment, but shitty fight overall.
89.8
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
7:22
      This was a strange fight. The first round's highlights consisted of Veach picking Edgar up off the ground MULTIPLE times, and slamming him to the ground like a pro wrestler. Veach pretty much destroyed Edgar in the first round. The second round was pretty slow paced, until Edgar clipped Veach, Veach went to the ground with wobbly legs. Edgar jumped on his back, beat him up for a few seconds, and then locked on the rear-naked choke. Good show by both fighters, just kind of weird, like both guys were nervous or something.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      I was really looking forward to this fight, since Sean Sherk is one of my favorite lightweight fighters, but his lack of effort was pretty disappointing. In the end, I don't even know what happened during the first or second round, since it basically just looked like "random boxing" to me. The third round was slightly more interesting because Sean Sherk finally secure a takedown, but at the end of the round, he tried to secure another takedown and walked right into a guillotine choke. Luckily, he was saved by the bell, but in the end, Frankie Edgar wins via unanimous decision.
91.4
Decision
15:00
      This was an awesome fight... Hermes Franca is a great striker, and a great Jiu-Jitsu guy, and he got completely handled by Frankie Edgar... Frankie beat up Franca on the feet for a few seconds, and then took him down at will, with Franca having NO answer for the takedowns at all... Once they were on the ground, Franca had 2-3 great submission attempts, but Edgar used magic to escape, and continued to ground & pound Franca, all the way until the end of the third round, giving Frankie Edgar the 30-27 decision victory...
88.6
Decision
15:00
      Well, this was a pretty solid fight... Both guys are great wrestlers, both guys are pretty solid strikers, both guys are excellent fighters overall, and I was cheering for Gray Maynard... With that being said, it was a very close fight, it went all 3 rounds, and there was a lot of back & forth action, but Gray Maynard for the most part, dominated the wrestling game, and that's what most of the fight consisted of, so I gave the fight to Gray Maynard by decision... The judges agreed, and Gray Maynard walks away with an important victory, and Franky Edgar earns the first loss of his career...
87.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight basically consisted of Frankie Edgar taking Fisher to the ground a hundred times, and holding him there, peppering him with a few hammer fists & elbows here & there... Spencer Fisher spent the night trying to stay on the feet to strike with Edgar, but it literally only took Edgar a couple of seconds to take down Fisher at will... In the end, Fisher just didn't have good enough wrestling defense to stay on the feet, and therefore, Frankie Edgar wins by unanimous decision...
90.0
TKO
(Punches)
4:55
     This was a pretty solid little scrap between two little dudes... Mark Bocek came into this fight, with a little bit of hype behind his name, something about how he's a great Jiu-Jitsu guy from Canada (I don't think I've ever seen him fight?) Not sure though... Frank Edgar on the other hand, was involved in what a lot of people are considering the fight of the year, against Tyson Griffin a few months back... This fight basically consisted of both fighters striking with each other, Frank Edgar had the upperhand during most of the fight, the fight went to the ground a couple of times, and Edgar mantained control for the majority of the fight... Near the end of the first round, Edgar got on Bocek's back, and started throwing punches to his head & face, causing the referee to stop the fight, giving the first round TKO victory to Frank Edgar...
90.9
Decision
15:00
      Tyson Griffin was supposed to come to the UFC to make a big impression, and he did that last time I saw him fight David Lee at UFC 63... This time, he's in there with a guy with a decent amount of credibility, but I've still never heard of him... Frank Edgar? Who's that? He's the guy that beat Tyson Griffin at UFC 67, that's who! After out-boxing Tyson Griffin, after out-wrestling Tyson Griffin, and after showing the bigger heart, Frank Edgar pulled off the unanimous decision victory after 3 rounds of great lightweight action... Tyson Griffin had some nice submission attempts, and almost forced Edgar to tap at the end of the third round with a DEADLY looking kneebar, but Edgar escaped, and due to all of the points Edgar scored earlier in the fight, he pulled off the victory... (even though Edgar kicked Griffin in the balls, but it was unintentional, so it's all good...)