UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will face Gray Maynard this Saturday for the third time in his career and for the second time consecutively, which he admits is a unique position, but not one that he’s altogether unfamiliar with.
Prior to facing Maynard in his second title defense, Edgar had fought BJ Penn twice in a row: the first time to win the belt and the second time to cement his status as the champion by making his first successful defense. As a result, Edgar has mostly grown accustom to devoting larger-than-usual periods of time and focus to prepare for one person.
“For myself, it is a unique position to be training for a guy for this long and the fact that we met each other two other times before,” Edgar said recently. “But I fought BJ back-to-back and had two back-to-back training camps for him. So, I’ve been training for two guys for the past two years, I guess I’m kinda used to it.”
Edgar also discussed the positives and negatives of preparing for one opponent twice consecutively.
“The biggest challenge is coming up with another gameplan,” he said. “Another series of attacks and whatnot. It has its benefits too, you just had your camp for the guy so he’s fresh on your mind. You have a lot of situations to base your training camp off of.”
Edgar will face Maynard for the third time this Saturday, October 8, in the main event of UFC 136, which takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. FightLine will have live, ongoing coverage of the event that night, starting at the preliminary card.