UFC 125: The Latest Buzz Leading Up To Tonight's Edgar-Maynard Championship Bout
UFC 125: Resolution is nearly upon us, and the much-anticipated bout between current Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard could come down to the final blows.
However, Edgar has only experienced defeat once in his career, and he has followed it with five consecutive wins.
Maynard will enter the contest as the only fighter to have ever defeated Edgar. He is undefeated in his professional MMA career, and he holds the longest undefeated streak in UFC history for his division. While he may not knock out Edgar in nine seconds like he did Joe Veres, he stands as Edgar's biggest competition.
The UFC has chosen a dandy of an opener for the 2011 campaign, and this fight is the premiere event for the lightweight championship.
Edgar, the MMA Weekly No. 1 ranked lightweight fighter in the world, takes on Gray Maynard, the only fighter to ever claim victory over him, at 10:00 pm ET at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC 125: The Resolution's premiere event matches Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar against the only opponent to ever defeat him, Gray Maynard.
"The Answer" Edgar will attempt to avenge his 2008 loss to Maynard, in which "The Bully" Maynard was over a 200 point underdog, but earned the split-decision win. The tables have turned and now Edgar faces the match as a 110 point underdog, showing the new-found confidence for Maynard and his spotless 10-0 record, including one NC.
The bout is everything it's been billed as, and the Pay-Per-View event that aires at 10:00 pm ET, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
With Edgar's fast paced, swift footwork style, and Maynard's power wrestling strategy, this one should come down to whether Edgar can keep his distance from Maynard, or if Maynard can drop Edgar to the canvas. This one should be the perfect way to start off 2011, and it comes highly recommended on PPV.
UFC 125 pits Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard in a bout for the Lightweight Championship. After defeating B.J. Penn twice in stunning upsets, Edgar now finds himself as an underdog to Maynard.
Maynard stands as the only opponent to have ever defeated Edgar, and he was a 180 point underdog. However, this time around he is favored by 140 points.
This fight will feature the swift feet and punching outbursts of Edgar against the larger size and powerful wrestling of Maynard. The two styles make this fight the perfect way to bring in the new year.
Prediction: While Edgar has established his ability to overcome odds, Maynard seems to have him figured out. This one might end sooner than most think, with Maynard getting Edgar to the canvas early.
Gray "The Bully" Maynard will take this one in an exciting and thrilling manner, taking the Lightweight Championship belt from Frankie "The Answer" Edgar.
Frankie Edger +110
Gray Maynard -140
UFC 125's Lightweight Championship will feature two vastly different fighting styles, as the agile and speedy Frankie Edgar will go up against Gray Maynard's power strategy in the Lightweight Championship bout.
When these two fighters met for the first time, it was Maynard's flashy power and strength that dominated Edgar. However, it was Edgar's only loss, and he is confident his style will work this time around.
Edgar's style is designed to win on the judge's cards, as UFC.com points out, and to date, Edgar has only ended two of his UFC bouts inside the distance.
Additionally, if Edgar expects to win this one, he would be wise to keep his distance with as much separation as possible. Changing the angle with which Maynard will need to attack would serve to tire the larger Maynard as he attempts to bring the champ down to the canvas.
Maynard will use his strength and seize any opportunity to turn his bout with Edgar into a wrestling match. If he succeeds, this fight may end earlier than most expect.
UFC 125 is just hours away, and according to fighters.com, pros interviewed feel Gray Maynard has what it takes to de-throne Frankie Edgar in tonight's Lightweight Championship.
Maynard is the only fighter to have ever defeated Edgar, and Edgar followed up his defeat with five straight wins.
Quotes from Javier Vazquez and other peers say Maynard's flashy style are what the UFC and MMA needs to continue drawing in fans. Meanwhile, they also mention that Edgar's footwork will have to be superb to avoid the embarrassment he suffered at the hands of Maynard the first time around.
For Edgar, that's exactly what he wants to hear. Edgar is known for his swift feet, reserved patience, and timely attacks. His balance is considered one of his biggest strengths, but Maynard knows this and expects to put up a similar performance, and claim the Lightweight title as his own.
The bout is scheduled for 10:00 pm ET tonight, from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.