Frankie Edgar retains UFC belt with draw


Frankie Edgar retains UFC belt with draw

Sunday, December 2, 2011 2:35am


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Frankie Edgar retained his lightweight championship at UFC 125, fighting to a controversial draw with Gray Maynard on Saturday night at MGM Grand. "Ending a fight in a draw is bittersweet," Edgar said. "You don't win but you don't lose." Maynard sent Edgar to the canvas early in the fight with a heavy left and had the champion in trouble throughout the first round, but Edgar overcame the damage and fought back in the next three rounds. "I got hit with a big shot, but I rebounded and bounced back," Edgar said. One judge scored it 48-46 for Maynard, another had it 48-46 for Edgar and the third called it even. All three judges scored the first round 10-8 for Maynard. "I thought it could have been stopped in the first," said Maynard, also strong in the final round. "I dropped him like five times. He was all over the place." Edgar defeated B.J. Penn for the belt in April and retained the title in an immediate rematch. Edgar was asked it he would fight Maynard again. "Yeah, I probably would," Edgar said. "He has a win over me and now we have a draw, but I'll do whatever the UFC wants me to do." In the co-main event, Brian Stann stopped Chris Leben at 3:37 of the first round. On the undercard, Thiago Silva unanimously outpointed Brandon Vera, Dong Hyun Kim remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision over Nate Diaz, and Clay Guida earned his third straight win, submitting former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomiby with a guillotine choke in the third round.

Joe Maddon drops another Michael Scott reference before World Series Game 3

Joe Maddon drops another Michael Scott reference before World Series Game 3

What pressure?

Joe Maddon has embraced the pressure and expectations all season, so why would he be any different at the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years?

Before Friday's Game 3, Maddon fielded a question he's been asked at least two dozen times this season: Who has been your biggest influences for management style?

Only this time, Maddon had a different answer prepared:

"Michael Scott is probably the biggest influence," Maddon said.

He then smirked and explained "The Office" reference for everybody who might not know before going on to his real answer, thanking Gene Mauch, Marcel Lachemann and others.

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Of course, this isn't the first time Maddon has referenced Steve Carell's legendary TV character in a press conference.

Maddon has often used the line, "I'm not superstitious, but I'm a little stitious," which fits so perfectly with baseball and all the wacky superstitions married to the history of the game.

And on the South Side for Crosstown action, the media press conference room presents like a lecture hall at U.S. Cellular (soon to be Guaranteed Rate) Field. 

Two years in a row, Maddon has said he feels like Michael Scott entering that room when "The Office" manager enters a lecture hall at Ryan's college classroom with boombox in hand.

Paul Pabst takes a hilarious stroll around Wrigleyville before Cubs host World Series

Paul Pabst takes a hilarious stroll around Wrigleyville before Cubs host World Series

The Cubs are hosting the World Series for the first time since 1945 which has created a huge buzz around the Windy City.

Paul Pabst, an executive producer on The Dan Patrick Show, came back to his hometown of Chicago to take a hilarious stroll down Wrigley Field to talk to lifelong Cubs fans prior to Game 3 of the World Series.

To list a few, Pabst interviews a fan who spent over $140,000 on World Series tickets, a 13-year-old, and God. (Yeah, you heard that right.)

Check out the entire video above.