Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar put together three fights that will go down in the history of MMA as some of the best action ever. The lightweights each won one match, while the other went to a draw.
However, it was Edgar that ended up on top, as “The Answer” delivered a knockout last year to end the trilogy and remain UFC lightweight champion. Don’t think for a minute that has settled well with Maynard, as “The Bully” remains hopeful of both claiming the title and exacting revenge on Edgar, as he told Duane Finley of Heavy recently.
The title has always been the goal. I would love to have the belt and somewhere along the line, get another fight with Edgar. We are 1-1-1 and we need to settle it once and for all. It has to happen eventually, and after that fight we can both be done. We can walk away knowing it’s over and that we gave MMA fans some great fights to look back on.
For now, Maynard is set to meet Clay Guida in a match that could help shape the future of the lightweight division. The two will square off at UFC on FX 4 in the main event from Atlantic City. Maynard noted that the bout grew from a rumor that started a long time ago.
Someone put it out there that we were going to fight in Montreal, and even though it wasn’t true, it drew solid attention. The UFC saw this, and Joe Silva thought it was a great fight – so they made it happen. Since it has been out there, I’ve pretty much been gearing up for him for a while now. He has a good chin, great heart, and it’s a fun fight.
While the division is stacked with worthy challengers to current champion Benson Henderson, the winner of Maynard-Guida could position himself nicely for a future No. 1 contender match, or even a title shot depending on what happens between now and later this year.
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