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Frankie Edgar retains UFC belt with draw

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Frankie Edgar retains UFC belt with draw

Sunday, December 2, 2011 2:35am

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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.

The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today's ratings reveal

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The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today's ratings reveal

A boatload of Madden ratings dropped on Monday, and with it, more content than you could shake a stick at. 

The Bears, predictably, got a fair bit of love on the defensive side of the ball and were largely ignored on offense. 

No Fangio, No Problem

For a wide variety of reasons, it's trendy to point out that the Bears' defense is headed for some regression this season. Madden disagrees, though, rating the Bears defense (88) as the best in football. They did also give the Houston Texans' defense an 88 as well, but never let the details get in the way of a good story. Here's what they said: 

For Chicago, the unit is fronted by 99 Club member, LOLB Khalil Mack. FS Eddie Jackson (91 OVR) is a Superstar X-Factor like his teammate, Mack. That’s a scary combination for any opposing quarterback. Toss in CB Kyle Fuller (89 OVR) and you can see why this Bears unit should roar out of the gate in Madden 20. 

Year 2 Mitch Doesn't Get Any Love 

Trubisky was rated as the 24th best QB, which is already being debated passionately, regardless of how debatable it actually is. What's lowkey worse is that Chase Daniel, the 9-year NFL vet, got the same rating as Dax Raymond, the undrafted free agent. 

May We Remind You That Khalil Mack Is A Terrific Football Player 

Earlier in the month, Mack was revealed as one of the 4 players who received the infamous 99 rating. That means he's also the top-ranked LOLB, two points ahead of Denver's Von Miller and 16 points ahead of any NFC North LOLB. Enjoy those draft picks, Oakland! 

Akiem Hicks Gets Snubbed And Frankly We've Just About Had It 

Hicks was ranked as the 19th-best defensive lineman, which is just objectively untrue. In some alternate universe, there may be 18 better defensive linemen than Akiem Hicks, but that is just simply inaccurate in this one. He was heated about his rating, and we cannot blame him. 

The Lowest Ranked Bears Player Was ... 

Patrick Scales. Sorry Patrick Scales.

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

EA Sports released the full Madden 20 player ratings for every team in the NFL, and not everyone was happy with the numbers they received.

The Bears shared a video of backup quarterback Chase Daniel revealing ratings to his teammates, and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks seemed the most upset of the group.

“Bring some of the scouts out here doing the madden ratings,” Hicks said. “Tell them to come see me.”

Hicks received an overall rating of 87, tied for fourth-highest on the team and 10th-highest among defensive ends.

He has the same rating as Green Bay Packers DE Mike Daniels and Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers.

In the video, running back Tarik Cohen was disappointed with his 92 speed, which is tied for third-fastest on the team behind wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Emanuel Hall.

Cohen does lead the Bears with 97 agility and 92 elusiveness, but he thought his throwing power stat should be higher than 51 after his two career passing touchdowns.