We will be bouncing back to the blue corner for this week’s matchup in our BE’s BADDEST Tournament Series to figure out what is the single Greatest MMA Fight Of All Time — that one to watch before the world ends. This brawl features the #2 seed Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 2 up against the #7 ranked Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero.
In our most recent bout which was tallied Thursday night, April 2nd, we ended up with a near upset, that ultimately ended in a tie of 19 to 19. The tie-breaker tournament bout wrapped up Friday night, April 3rd, and the red corner’s #2 ranked, Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum, was in yet another epic nail biter with the #7 seed, T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz. When the dust had settled, it was Izzy vs. Kelvin that edged out the win with a score of 31 to 25. Adesanya vs. Gastelum now advances in the tournament to face #1 Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2 in the next round.
As for today’s matchup, both of the fights went to the scorecards, and both of them ended with somewhat controversial results. One was a five-round split draw, and the other one was a 15-minute split decision.
#2 Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 2 was for the UFC lightweight belt and took place at UFC 125 on January 1, 2011. Maynard had Edgar in all sorts of trouble for the bulk of that opening round. Gray was on the brink of victory several times, but Frankie showed off the heart of a champion to survive and find his way back into the fight. The bout was ruled a draw with one judge scoring it for Edgar, one for Maynard, and one seeing it even.
#7 Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero was a three-round collision at UFC 241 on August 17, 2019. This was a hyper-athletic light heavyweight affair between two guys who legitimately look like action figures come to life. All 15-minutes felt as if at any moment the fight was about end in spectacular fashion. This bout was scary fun!
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