Tuesday, November 30, 2021

UFC 98 RESULTS: Sean Sherk vs. Frankie Edgar

Credit: Sherdog.com

Sean Sherk vs. Frankie Edgar
Round 1
Edgar starts the action with a head kick that is blocked by Sherk. The former champion stays tight in the pocket and throws a right-hand lead that glances. The fighters exchange punches and nothing lands clean. Sherk ties up with Edgar but backs off to let his hands go. Sherk pumps a double jab and does not follow through. Edgar gets off a nice punching combination: a left to the body and a flurry to the chin from both hands. Edgar lands a sharp right and ducks under a fast Sherk left hook. Edgar drops levels for a single leg and Sherk has none of it. Sherk connects with a low kick but is taken down at the tail end of the blow. Edgar catches the heel and drags him to the canvas. Sherk gets to his knees and fights to get to his feet and succeeds. Now back in the center of the Octagon, both fighters land straight right hands as Sherk stalks his opponent. Edgar lands a nice right hook counter to close the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Edgar
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Edgar
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Edgar

Round 2
Sherk continues to walk toward his lateral-moving opponent. Edgar strikes well from the outside and crushes Sherk with a left kick to the body. Edgar looks for a single-leg takedown and Sherk easily stops it. Edgar knocks the former champion off balance with a knee to the body. Sherk turns into the counter puncher and connects with a right hook. Edgar lands with a jab, right-low kick combo. Edgar gets in a right hook to the temple before using excellent footwork to exit the pocket from his swinging opponent. Edgar uses his jab again to slip in a straight right on the mouth. And another. Edgar shuffles his feet and blasts Sherk with a right hand. Sherk is hanging tough but he’s getting picked apart by a superior striker.

Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Edgar
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Edgar
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Edgar

Round 3
Sherk gets a fast double-leg takedown to start the final frame. Edgar shows good defense and quickly gets Sherk off before returning to his feet. The pace slows as a lot of energy has been burned through 12 minutes in the cage. Sherk trades jabs with Edgar and is stuffed on a takedown attempt. Edgar bounces a low kick off the right leg of Sherk. Edgar lunges in with a straight left to the body that connects. Sherk lets his hands go and is scraped by an Edgar right hand. Edgar shows good footwork as he circles away. Edgar sprawls on a Sherk single and moves to a guillotine. Edgar drops down into guard but the horn sounds just as it looked as if the underdog would finish Sherk.

Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Edgar
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Edgar
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Edgar

All three judges agree and award 30-27 scores to Frankie Edgar.

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