by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
New Jersey’s own Frank Edgar waged a brilliant hit-and-run campaign against former lightweight champion Sean Sherk.
In an extremely technical affair, Edgar managed to keep Sherk off-balance through much of their fifteen-minutes together.
Sherk took the center of the cage and stayed largely static, relying almost solely on his hands to trade with Edgar as he came into range.
On the other hand, Edgar mixed up his attack strategy, which opened Sherk’s guard to set up opportunities. He faked shots and threw combinations. He lead with body shots and went upstairs. He kicked the inside of Sherk’s legs. But ultimately, he landed more damaging punches.
When Sherk attempted to counter his fast combinations, Edgar angled off and reset.
Sherk found success with a left hook and overhand, but while the shots scored points, they did not stop Edgar.
Sherk began to throw with more abandon, clearly frustrated. In the third, down two rounds, he took the first takedown opportunity presented, waiting until Edgar committed to a right hand to plant him on the canvas. But Edgar popped right up, and the fight would stay there.
His right eye bleeding, Sherk continued to chase after Edgar, but took more punches for his efforts.
Judges awarded Edgar all three rounds, giving him a unanimous 30-27 decision and his biggest career victory to date.
Edgar was not shy about his fighting wish.
“I want a title shot,” he told Joe Rogan.
Chael Sonnen, fresh off a huge weight cut to make the 185lb. limit for his bout with Dan Miller, played it smart and used ground and pound to take a unanimous decision victory.
Miller went with defense strategy number one for wrestling-based fighters, trapping the Team Quest original in two guillotine chokes. But Sonnen weathered the storm and used his escape to administer punishment in the form of elbows and punches from side guard and guard.
Miller tried using his legs to stop the damage, working for multiple submissions, but Sonnen pulled out and continued to work his way towards victory.
All judges gave Sonnen each round with 30-27 scores.
Drew McFedries railroaded Xavier Foupa-Pokam, leaping across the Octagon with a lead left hook that put the Frenchman on his bicycle.
A right hand follow-up flash KO’d Foupa-Pokam, but somehow, he found his way upstairs. Waiting for him was a right uppercut that was certainly the end of the end.
With Foupa-Pokam turning his back, McFedries chased his man down, landing a left that finally brought Yves Lavigne between them. The whole sequence took 37 seconds.