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March MMAdness: Day 19, The Final Four!

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UFC 189: Lawler v MacDonald Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The end is nigh, but don’t turn the lights out just yet. The real March MMAdness starts here!

Day 1 Results | Day 2 Results | Day 3 Results | Day 4 Results | Day 5 Results| Day 6 Results | Day 7 Results | Day 8 Results | Day 9 Results | Day 10 Results | Day 11 Results | Day 12 Results | Day 13 Results | Day 14 Results | Day 15 Results | Day 16 Results | Day 17 Results
Day 18 Results:

  • Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar 1 (#2) defeats Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (#10) with 54 percent of Maniac votes
  • Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua 1 (#3) defeats Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung (#27) with 78 percent of Maniac votes

Down go the last of the sub-eight seeds, leaving just the No. 1, 2, 3, and 5 seeds still standing.

We felt it appropriate to gives these last matchups an appropriate amount of gravitas, so each of the remaining bouts will get their own posts. Get ready for the ...

FINAL FOUR!


Match 1: Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2 (#1) vs. Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 2 (#5)

VS.

UFC 125: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard Photo by Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2 has been almost cartoonishly unstoppable so far. That’s because No. 64 Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice, No. 32 Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier and No. 48 Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon 1 all fell by >200-vote margins. In the Elite Eight, which tested the old cliche of being one’s own worst enemy, No. 9-seeded Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit only managed to tie the previous toughest opponent with 39 votes.

Meanwhile, Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 2 has proven remarkably versatile during its tournament run. After dispatching a three-round grappling battle in No. 60-ranked Diego Sanchez vs. Karo Parisyan, it took a competitive (but-comfortable) 60 /40 percent victory over No. 28-ranked Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley’s one round of insanity. A seven-vote margin carried it past fellow five-round war No. 21-seeded Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum, leading to a similarly fraught 18-vote win over a similar foe in No. 2-ranked Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson 1.

Five rounds of action, improbable comebacks, facial deformation that would make David Cronenberg retch, and shining testaments to both the depths of human courage and the durability of human skulls. This is a Final Four-worthy battle between two all-time great title fights, and neither one’s stock will suffer no matter the outcome.

Poll

Who wins Match 1?

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald II
    (205 votes)
  • 23%
    Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard II
    (63 votes)
268 votes total Vote Now

To reiterate: spread the word, share socially ... do whatever grassroots / viral “Get Out The Vote” campaign needed to ensure your favorite fights advance to the next round. Complaining in the comments section about seeding and whatnot will not impact the results and will just make you look like an unappreciative dick.

Same time tomorrow, Maniacs.

Be sure to also check out our March MMAdness archive — which includes the entire bracket — to catch up on the tournament right here.