UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will be making the second defense of his lightweight strap this January 1st at UFC 125: Resolution. “The Answer” has been in the unique position of being repeatedly cast as the underdog despite the fact that he holds the belt. That likely won’t change for his upcoming bout with Gray Maynard, as Maynard is the only man to hold a victory over the lightning-fast Jersey kid. If you ask Edgar though, he is perfectly content in this position and is looking forward to the opportunity to avenge his loss and make another improbable title defense.
“Me vs. Gray Maynard is the perfect opportunity for me to avenge a loss and defend my title for the second time in a row all in the same night,” Edgar said. “Start the year off right, it’s January 1st, I want to start this new year off with a bang.”
Edgar is also aware of why he will likely be filling the underdog role against Maynard, a fighter whose skills he respects. He also knows what it will mean for him to defeat “The Bully,” finally proving to those who don’t find two victories over BJ Penn enough that he is the best lightweight on the planet.
“Gray’s probably the complete package,” he said. “He’s in his prime, he’s bigger, he has a win over me, if I beat him this time, I believe there’s nothing anyone can say.”
“The Answer” would like to use a win over Maynard as a platform to establish himself as not only one of the best lightweights in the world, but one of the best fighters competing in any weight class.
“I got into this sport to be the best. I don’t want to be the best for myself, I would love to be the Michael Jordan of MMA,” said the Tom’s River, New Jersey native. “Why not? Georges St. Pierre’s doing a pretty good job of it, Anderson Silva, why not Frankie Edgar?”
The path to find greatness is one that has long been traveled by Edgar, and now that the former NCAA Division-1 wrestler has ascended to the top of the UFC’s lightweight division, he says that it will take something and someone remarkable to remove him from his top spot.
“I like being considered the best. That’s something I’ve been striving to do ever since I was a kid wrestling, I always wanted to be number one and I never got to achieve it,” he said. “Now I tasted it, I know what it tastes like and I don’t want to give that up. I’m gonna go in there a ball of fire, non-stop movement, and walk away the champion.”
UFC 125 goes down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will also feature bouts between middleweights Chris Leben and Brian Stann, 205’ers Brandon Vera and Thiago Silva, Nate Diaz and Dong Hyun Kim in a welterweight tilt, and lightweights Clay Guida and Takanori Gomi.