Gray Maynard outwrestled Frankie Edgar the first time the met. The second bout saw Maynard dominate the first round with powerful strikes before a great comeback by Edgar in a bout that ended up a draw. At UFC 136 the two men met in a third fight with the winner walking away with the UFC lightweight championship.
The fight started off almost exactly like the first round of their previous meeting. Maynard landed some big punches that dropped Edgar and seemed to have him on the verge of being stopped multiple times. Maynard was unable to close the deal and Edgar managed to battle back over the next few rounds.
Edgar came back with speed and never really let Maynard get on track after the first round. Maynard couldn't ever really get his offense back on track as the fight wore on.
In the fourth round Edgar managed to land a series of right hands that rocked and eventually dropped Maynard. Edgar flurried with left hands on the ground and forced the stoppage.
Maynard appeared to be attempting to protest the stoppage but it was completely justified as he was badly hurt and not defending.
Frankie Edgar now holds the win he wanted over Gray Maynard and can move forward with his career.