So UFC 125 didn't exactly end with a "Resolution" as promised. Lightweight champ Frankie Edgar fought five hard rounds with Gray Maynard only to draw on final scorecards in the event's headliner. No matter, there were still plenty of good finishes this past Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and with a third match between Edgar and Maynard now in the works, let's take a look at some of the winners and losers from the supporting cast.
Now that Silva is back on the horse, give him a fight with the resurgent Stephan Bonnar or Matt Hamill. And Thiago? Let em' fly.
Anyway, it's the third consecutive win for Guida, and he deserves another go at the top rung of lightweight competition -- but he'll likely get a few buildup fights before that happens. He's still due for a fight with Sean Sherk -- they were scheduled to meet this past March before the former champion bowed out with an injury -- and if "The Muscle Shark" comes out of the wading pool, that sounds like a good fit. Jeremy Stephens is also a fun fight. And there's submission ace Mark Bocek, who's a few weeks removed from a slick sub of Dustin Hazelett.
Still, there are lessons to be learned. He took a lot of punches en route to victory and was almost knocked out on two separate occasions. Always aggressive, he'll need to find a happy medium between swinging for that home run and keeping his technique intact. A fight with recent winner Mac Danzig could be just the ticket for that, with Danzig's ground prowess keeping him honest in striking exchanges.