The plight of a one loss fighter is a curious one. It seems like even thought they've beaten everyone else they faced, they always want to avenge that one loss to show that absolutely no one is better than them. We saw this play out in what led up to and what happened at UFC 132 between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.
Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber talked so much trash leading up to the fight, Chael Sonnen was probably impressed. The fight didn't disappoint with Cruz getting the decision victory and ultimately getting the loss back on his record.
Frankie Edgar has the chance to do the same after fighting Gray Maynard to a draw at UFC 125. When Maynard defeated Edgar, The Answer didn't know how to "answer" the conundrum of Maynard's size and strength advantage. At the start of their fabled rematch, it looked like more of the same. However with speed, conditioning, and a champion's heart, Edgar fought Maynard to a draw. This wasn't good enough for Edgar.
Edgar enters the fight feeling like the underdog, not the champion. Maynard is the one with a victory in this series, not Edgar. This actually works in Frankie's favor. Edgar has performed very well as the underdog in his career as evidenced in his bouts with BJ Penn at UFC 112 and UFC 118. He thrives on the underdog role, and looks to push Maynard back in the lightweight shuffle of contenders.
A win tonight will vindicate his lone defeat and prove to the world and himself that he is the best lightweight in the world, bar none. A win will also elevate him in the pound-for-pound conversation. After a win here, Edgar can move on to a new challenge: facing the winner of Ben Henderson versus Clay Guida.
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