Top Five – Dominick Cruz Is The New Bantamweight Champion

Dominick Cruz is the new batamweight champion


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Video – Georges St. Pierre: The Secrets Of Tristar

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The Aftermath – UFC 136

UFC 136 wasn’t a resounding thumbs up according to entire the FGB crew, but some have pegged it as one of the better shows of the year thus far.

Here’s what the FGB crew thought about UFC 136:

Thumbs In The Middle (leaning up)
Best Fight: Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia
Worst Fight: Kenny Florian vs. Jose Aldo

Florian/Aldo really dragged and I think that being a good fight would have made this a great show, but it was a half an hour of boringness at a key part of the event. The main event was good but the rounds after the exciting 1st round were kinda quiet until the finish. Garcia/Nam was very entertaining, and Melvin/Joe was fun while it lasted. Chael’s win and promo were the most memorable things on this show for me.

Thumbs Up
Best Fight: Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar
Worst Fight: Brian Stann vs. Chael Sonnen

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UFC 136 Play By Play – Gray Maynard Vs. Frankie Edgar

After their draw on New Year’s Day, the hope is that we’ll have a conclusive decision tonight during the main event. Gray Maynard is still undefeated, but Frankie Edgar has a lot of momentum after being blitzed during the first round of their fight. On one card, he won every round except for the first. And on another, he won three out of five. It’s up to Maynard to press the action and nullify Edgar’s quickness advantage.

On the Spike TV prelims, Anthony Pettis won a split decision over Jeremy Stephens while Demian Maia won a unanimous decision over Jorge Santiago.

1. Joe Lauzon vs. Melvin Guillard
Lauzon caught Guillard with a really short left. Guillard was exposed completely trying to throw a big shot of his own. Guillard wobbled and Lauzon immediately jumped on him and sunk in a rear naked choke for the submission.

Winner: Joe Lauzon

2. Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan

Garcia was landing big shots right out of the gate. Phan looked to land a right hand that put Garcia down, but it also looked like Garcia might’ve slipped. Phan is landing his jab at will. Garcia’s defensive strategy is to block Phan’s punches with his face. Garcia telegraph’s all his kicks. Strong round like you’d expect and I’d give it to Phan.

Garcia took a lot of punishment. He can either take a ton of punishment or Phan doesn’t hit very hard. Maybe a bit of both. Garcia took an absolute beating this round. If Phan could’ve put him on the ground, might’ve been a 10-8.
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UFC 136 Preview – Gray Maynard Vs. Frankie Edgar III

UFC 136 comes just two weeks after UFC 135 and it’s really a loaded show. It’s a loaded show however, without that money main event. Even without that money main event, people who buy this show should definitely get their money’s worth. Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard get it on again, 10 months after their fight-of-the-year candidate on New Year’s Day. Jose Aldo defends his title against Kenny Florian. And Chael Sonnen returns to face Brian Stann.

The FGB crew along with friend of the site JP, have predictions for the three fights.

(Duan refused to give his pick for Sonnen/Stann on grounds that he doesn’t think Sonnen should be fighting after failing his drug test, but he did say this, “I will say this much, I’m not usually a fan of Brian Stann, but for this one show, I’m in his corner.”)

Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann

Alan: Sonnen by decision
JP: Sonnen by decision
GG: Sonnen by decision

Alan says:

Stann’s takedown defense just isn’t strong enough to deal with the ultra aggressive Sonnen. He’s going to show glimpses of success in this fight but will be ultimately frustrated by Sonnen taking him down and mauling him in dirty gritty fashion.

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