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Frankie Edgar earned respect in draw

Updated: January 2, 2011, 10:10 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar retained his title Saturday night, coming away with a draw against Gray Maynard. But forget the outcome for a minute -- Edgar showed how great a champion he truly is at UFC 125.

There was no reason to believe Edgar would retain his title after a disastrous opening round in which Maynard dropped him several times. By all accounts, Edgar should never have seen the second round.

It seemed that every punch ...

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