After months of setbacks and injuries, the highly anticipated third fight between UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (13-1-1) and No. 1 contender Gray Maynard (10-0-1-1) will take place at UFC 136 in Houston.
The last time Edgar and Maynard met was at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day. The two men fought to a draw in what was one of the best fights of the year so far.
Maynard had Edgar hurt badly in the first round, nearly knocking the champ out. Edgar fought his way back into the fight though, and showed why he is the lightweight king.
Although both men thought they did enough to win the five round war, judges saw otherwise and called the fight a draw.
Edgar and Maynard were visibly disappointed as they both had something to prove. Edgar wanted to avenge the only loss of his career while Maynard wanted to prove that he is the best lightweight in MMA today.
One of the worse things that can happen in MMA is a draw because it leaves a fighter wondering where they really stand.
Edgar and Maynard were supposed to meet again at UFC 130, but injuries kept both men from competing.
Now that both will be ready October 8th, Edgar and Maynard will be looking to end their rivalry. Anything can happen in the UFC. But both men want the fight to end with a clear cut winner and loser.
At UFC 136 we will find out who is the better man is. Whether it’s Edgar with his speed and heart, or Maynard’s rock hard hands and toughness, one man will walk out the clear cut champion.