UFC 136: What a Gray Maynard Win over Frankie Edgar Would Mean to LW Division

Adam OsterkampContributor IIIOctober 8, 2011

After Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar face off tonight at UFC 136 we will finally know who the true lightweight champ is.

The last time these two met was Jan. 1, 2011, in a match that ended in a draw. With lightweight being perhaps the most stacked division in all of the UFC, there have been a lot of people waiting for their respective shot at the title.

What would a Gray Maynard win mean for the lightweight division?

First and foremost, it would mean that some of the other deserving fighters at 155 would finally be able to get their shot at the title.

Beyond that, though, we’d finally get to see Gray Maynard tested by someone other than Edgar for the first time in well over a year. We’d also get to see how the current division stacks up against Maynard.

While Maynard and Edgar share a lot of the same skills, they are still very different fighters.

One of the biggest differences between the two is in their size and power. Maynard is a larger fighter than Edgar and has a lot more power in his fists.

If Maynard walks away with the belt tonight, his challengers are going to need to be much more concerned with getting knocked out.

One thing they won’t need to be as concerned with is Edgar’s speed. Maynard is certainly the more powerful fighter, but Edgar is the quicker of the two.

No matter what happens, however, all of the fighters at lightweight should certainly be worried about their wrestling.

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