UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar put on one of the gutsiest and most impressive performances that MMA fans have had the pleasure to see within the Octagon. Unfortunately, his battle with Gray Maynard was ruled a draw after five rounds of non-stop, back and forth action. Speaking with media at the UFC 125: Resolution post-fight press conference, Edgar discussed the instant classic bout and what it was like to recover from a first round that could likely have been halted at certain points for the beating Edgar was taking.
“I got hit with a big shot, he came out strong and did a good job, but I bounced back,” said Edgar. “I felt I won the last four rounds. It was a great fight. It was exciting, for me, for the fans; a win-win.”
“The Answer” feels as though he won the bout, but is extremely disappointed in the bout’s ruling; stating that the lack of closure that comes with a draw has left him feeling unsatisfied.
“Ending a fight in a draw is kind of bittersweet, you didn’t win but you didn’t lose,” he said.
At the time of the press conference, it was announced that Edgar (who kept his belt) would be making his next title defense against Anthony Pettis, the WEC lightweight champion. It has since been revealed that Maynard will be awarded an immediate rematch, which is what Edgar wanted anyway.
“Yeah I probably would man,” Edgar said when asked if he would rather fight Maynard next. “[Having] a little more closure would be nice. He’s got a win over me and now we have a draw. For me, I would like to have the opportunity to fight him again.”
Edgar and Maynard were both paid their win bonuses and were given Fight of the Night honors as well. UFC 125 went down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.