The stage was set for an epic showdown when Edgar and Maynard met for the third time. Previously, Maynard had outpointed Edgar and fought him to a draw. This time around things would go differently, albeit not initially after “The Bully” blasted Edgar. It was a spirited effort to say the least. Neither man truly wore a crimson mask in the match-up but both absorbed a plethora of punches and exited the effort with plenty of superficial damage. Nobody knew what to expect from Fili earlier this month when the 23-year old made his Octagon debut. Larsen had a similarly slim grasp on his adversary’s abilities, at least until the cage door closed. Fili brought an aggressive attack into the affair and turned Larsen’s face into cherry pie complete with slits in the crust as a result of his stand-up. Belcher’s bout with Starnes was far from a memorable meeting. In fact, chances are there aren’t a lot of folks who remember any of Starnes’ work outside of the marathon he ran in a rumble with Nate Quarry. However, think back to Starnes’ career in relation to a massive cut on his forehead and it may be a different story. The gash was so bad the ringside doctor even mentioned that Starnes’ skull was visible. This match-up would undoubtedly be tops if Melendez had looked half as bad as Sanchez when the final seconds ticked off their tilt. Regardless, it was a fantastic fight full of violent exchanges including a few in the pocket while Sanchez’s face was a faucet. The original Ultimate Fighter winner nearly re-painted the canvas with blood from a serious slash on his face and only exited the effort upright based on his general toughness. Neither heavyweight escaped the UFC 166 headliner unscathed. On Velasquez’s end, his nose was a mangled mess and he had plenty of other abrasions to serve as support thanks to Dos Santos’ heavy hands. Meanwhile, JDS’ faced looked like it was molded out of clay by a person using four-ounce gloves rather than traditional tools. It was beautifully brutal and easily the bloodiest UFC bout in October since the organization’s inception.
In less than 24 hours it will officially be Halloween, giving countless masses an opportunity to don a costume highlighted by cuts, blood, and other various forms of gore. The
UFC has done an excellent job paying homage to the holiday through action in the Octagon, providing fans with plenty of scenes straight out of a horror film. Here’s a look at five of the nastiest showdowns from past October… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)