With Gray Maynard’s decisive victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night 13 in ’08, you would think Maynard would be leading the race to the next title shot against BJ Penn. Not so says Josh Gross who last week said he’s hearing Edgar is the current front runner to face Penn in April. Still, Maynard headlines UFC Fight Night 20 tonight against Nate Diaz and could leapfrog Edgar with an impressive performance and finish.
Problem is Maynard is on a five-fight decision streak and Diaz is tough as nails. If Maynard is able pull off a TKO or a submission, the latter of which is really doubtful against Diaz, the UFC really needs to give Maynard the nod. Edgar has looked impressive as of late, but I don’t think he has the imposing size and strength to put Penn in any kind of danger with his wrestling like Maynard has an outside shot at doing. To be honest, I don’t think either has much of a chance at beating Penn (though I’d say that about any other lightweight at this point) so I wouldn’t complain about either one, but if Maynard earns his title shot tonight, I hope the UFC gives it to him.
Frankie Edgar talks to Cagewriter’s Steve Cofield about the dilemma below.