Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titlist Frankie “The Answer” Edgar used his superior wrestling skills and ground and pound to earn a victory over Yair Rodriguez on the main card of UFC 211 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas Saturday night.
On the advice of the Octagon-side doctor, the referee called a stop to the bout in-between the second and third rounds because Rodriguez’s left eye was swollen completely shut after two rounds of ground and pound.
From the outset, Edgar used his wrestling to gain an advantage against Rodriguez.
After fighting for and being unsuccessful with a takedown attempt early in the first round, Edgar secured a double-leg sweep and put Rodriguez on his back. Despite Rodriguez’s attempt to use his momentum to roll into a reversal, Edgar held strong and used his elbows and fists to do damage after getting inside the guard.
Edgar landed 54 of his 78 strike attempts, 31 of which were considered significant, according to FightMetric. In addition to landing 70 percent of his total strikes, Edgar landed one of his two takedowns and held control for 4:03.
Rodriguez landed just 17 of his 37 strikes in the first round.
Edgar handed out more of the same punishment in the second round.
Successful with one of his three takedown attempts, Edgar landed 39 of his 54 strike attempts, as opposed to 21 from Rodriguez. After securing the takedown, Edgar held ground control for more than three minutes.