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March MMAdness: Day 21 - The Final Two!

And a bronze medal match ...

UFC 189: Lawler v MacDonald Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

It’s been a beautiful ride, but the time has come to say goodbye to Mania’s March MMAdness. Not, of course, without two final tussles to argue about.

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Day 20 Results:

  • Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua 1 (#3) defeats Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar 1 (#2) with 63 percent of Maniac votes.

In the end, it comes down to five-round war vs. five-round war.


Finals: Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2 (#1) vs. Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua 1 (#3)

VS.

Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2 remains unchallenged in its bracket run. After holding its first four opponents to under 40 votes apiece, it took on fellow five-round war No. 5-ranked Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 2 in the Final Four, which managed to drum up 63 votes for a relatively impressive 76 / 24 percent defeat. Something of a moral victory, I suppose.

Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua has been similarly unstoppable, never receiving less than 60 percent of the vote. Its strongest challenger to date, No. 2-seeded Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar 1, failed to crack triple digits in its Final Four defeat, setting up a true clash of the titans in these finals.

This is, perhaps, 10 rounds of the finest action combat sports as a whole has ever seen. The sort of drama that deserves big-budget Hollywood adaptations. Human skin warping in genuinely uncomfortable fashion. These are the best of the best, but it’s up to you to determine the best of the best of the best.

Poll

Who wins the March MMAdness Finals?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald II
    (222 votes)
  • 42%
    Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua I
    (162 votes)
384 votes total Vote Now

Bronze Medal Match: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 2 (#5) vs. Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar 1 (#2)

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

VS.

Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 2 clawed its way to the Final Four by the skin of its teeth, downing top contenders No. 21 Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum and No. 2 Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson 1 by a combined 25 votes. The magic wasn’t there against No. 1 seed Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2, though, as it joined several other top contenders in one-sided defeat.

Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar 1 entered the Final Four on a bit of a rough note, having narrowly escaped an upset bid by No. 10-ranked Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the Elite Eight. Despite its credentials, it couldn’t retake the reins, falling to No. 3-seeded Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua 1.

Edgar and Maynard have the first-round-for-the-ages, more near-finishes, and more technique on their side. Griffin and Bonnar have more consistent insanity and an inarguable place in promotional history on theirs. Which brazen brawl deserves bronze?

Poll

Who wins the Bronze Medal Match?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard II
    (133 votes)
  • 46%
    Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar I
    (115 votes)
248 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 walk away with appropriate honors. 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. One last time.

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