UFC Lightweight Champion: Frankie Edgar
The co-main event of UFC 125 features the current UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar versus the No. 1 contender, Gray Maynard.
Coming off of back to back victories over "The Prodigy" BJ Penn, Edgar will be looking to not only defend his lightweight championship belt, but avenge his only loss within the octagon to Maynard back in 2008.
A very accomplished wrestler, Edgar's tremendous conditioning blends nicely with his boxing skills allowing him to pick apart his opponents from a variety of angles and levels. Holding victories over top notch lightweights including Sean Sherk, Hermes Franca and the aforementioned, BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar's experience includes all styles of fighters.
Looking to defeat Edgar a second time, Gray Maynard is also a tremendous wrestler with unlimited stamina and the ability to box with the best in the division.
With victories over Kenny Florian, Nate Diaz and Roger Huerta, Maynard's strong frame at 155 pounds allows him to physically dominate most of his opponents from the clinch as well as on the ground.
Training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Gray Maynard's training partners are some of the best of the best in the UFC including Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin and Evan Dunham.
Considering the wrestling pedigrees of both fighters, the winner of this lightweight championship will be determined in the stand up game.
I believe that Frankie Edgar's movement and unlimited stamina will allow him to pick his spots during the stand up exchanges earning him a decision victory in the end.
After this five-round championship battle, Edgar will retain the UFC lightweight championship and avenge his only loss within the octagon.
My prediction: Frankie Edgar