It would be hard for any fan to forget the pair of epic encounters in 2011 between UFC lightweights Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. However, as fresh as those fights remain in the minds of many MMA enthusiasts, they’re even harder for Maynard to forget. “The Bully” came close to finishing Edgar in both bouts only to see the former champion will his way back into contention, earning a Draw the first time around and TKO stoppage the second.
Based on the way their trilogy of fights unfolded Maynard is hopeful the two can tangle in a tiebreaker at some point in the future with the added icing involving divisional gold strapped around his waist.
“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,” explained Maynard in an interview with HeavyMMA.
However, while Maynard would like to see such a scenario unfold he understands no level of success is guaranteed when dealing with the cream of the 155-pound crop. The 32-year old not only has a stiff test on his hands in the form of an upcoming clash with Clay Guida, but the shark-infested pool he swims in also features the likes of champion Benson Henderson, Anthony Pettis, and numerous other apt adversaries.
“It is the most competitive weight class in the UFC, hands down,” said Maynard of his peers. “The skill and heart displayed in our division is without comparison. We go out there, put it all on the line and get after it from bell to bell.”
Maynard will face Guida on June 22 at UFC on FX 4 where, with a win, he could find himself within sniffing distance of another title-shot based on past wins over top contenders Jim Miller and Nate Diaz.
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MMATraining Take: I wouldn’t mind seeing fourth fight between Maynard-Edgar. Their first two meetings were highly memorable and I suspect the same would be true if they fought again. Still, I’m not sure it will ever happen, especially if Edgar can’t beat Henderson later this year and once again feels pressure to move to featherweight (where Maynard won’t/can’t follow him based on size).