Frankie Edgar's improbable UFC reign kept rolling on at UFC 136 in Houston. | Photo: Dave Mandel
There's no changes at the top of the Sherdog.com rankings, which means one thing for sure: at UFC 136, Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo did their jobs.
Edgar exceeded expectations in Houston. Though he found himself on the business end from another first-round beatdown from Gray Maynard, the favorite son of Toms River, N.J., fought back valiantly just as he did in January.
However, this time around, there would be no controversy, as Edgar dispatched Maynard in surprising fashion in the fourth round, capping arguably MMA's most entertaining trilogy while cementing his status as the top lightweight in the world.
Ten pounds south of Edgar, Jose Aldo took on a major challenge from former two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Kenny Florian. The Brazilian used many of his foremost tools -- accurate punching, heavy low kicks, sturdy takedown defense, as well as his top position grappling -- to earn the unanimous nod over Florian in his biggest test to date.
Not all was calm in the lower weights, however. While Anthony Pettis found a way to call on his wrestling to top Jeremy Stephens, surging contender Melvin Guillard had his dreams of challenging for the UFC 155-pound strap dashed as Joe Lauzon put it on him early, earning a first-round submission win.
Now is the calm before the storm: we won't see the UFC's Octagon for two weeks, but when it returns, it'll feature many of the sport's 170-pound elite putting their chips on the table to kick off the most intense portion of MMA's 2011 schedule.
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