Edgar | The Scorecard: Who Were The Big Winners At UFC 211?

7 straight.

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2 – Frankie Edgar
Normally, the last fighter I would be thinking of when I put my Rancid CD on in the car is Frankie Edgar. But as Tim Armstrong belted out the lyrics to “Last One to Die,” I couldn’t help but refer to Edgar’s UFC 211 win over Yair Rodriguez . Simply put, a win over Edgar probably would have put Rodriguez into the 145-pound title race and continued his ascension to the top of the division and the sport. Yet like Edgar said after the fight, Rodriguez will be a superstar, just not on last Saturday night. At 35, Edgar was counted out by many fans and pundits, but the pride of Toms River never allows anyone to escape that Octagon without giving them a fight. Or in this case, a loss. As for those lyrics, they read, “We got it right, you got it wrong, we’re still around, last one to die.”

3 – Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Given Jessica Andrade ’s first three wins at strawweight, it wasn’t a surprise that many believed that the Brazilian would be 115-pound champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s toughest test to date. But after a shutout victory over Andrade, Joanna Champion continued to be a step ahead of her peers. And I was one of the folks who thought that after going into deep waters with her previous two opponents – Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz – Jedrzejczyk might be in trouble with Andrade. But then that jab started flying, the kicks were flowing and the counters were landing with frightening frequency. Twenty-five minutes later, Jedrzejczyk had taken the drama out of the fight and clearly retained her title. She’s a special fighter. Saturday confirmed it.

4 – Stipe Miocic

5 – James Vick
Sometimes it’s not just winning that gets you to the next level in mixed martial arts, but how you win and how you frame that victory. James Vick ticked off all the right boxes Saturday night, moving to 7-1 in the Octagon with a blistering first-round finish of Marco Polo Reyes . Reyes had won all three of his UFC bouts, but Fort Worth’s Vick was determined to get his hand raised in his home state, and after his knockout win, he made sure that he made his case to be included with the elite of the 155-pound division with an impassioned post-fight interview. Give that man a top 15 ranking. He earned it.

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