The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight title will be on the line, when Frankie Edgar (13-1) faces off against number one contender Gray Maynard (10-0) at UFC 125. Edgar’s second title defense will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on New Year’s Day.
Edgar and Maynard will be facing each other for the second time in their careers. In their first meeting in April of 2008 at UFC Fight Night 13, Maynard used his wrestling to dominate Edgar on way to a convincing 30-27 decision victory on all three judges cards. It is the only blemish on Edgar’s record.
Maynard earned the title shot after easily beat Kenny Florian at UFC 118 — the same event that saw Edgar retain his 155-pound title. “The Bully” has an impressive resume that includes his last three wins being over Florian, Nate Diaz, and Roger Huerta.
Edgar is coming off of two straight victories over former 155-pound king BJ Penn. He got to the top of the lightweight ladder after submitting Matt Veach at The Ultimate Fighter 10 finale.
Maynard is listed as the early favorite, but never count out Edgar . . . he has proven to excel at being the underdog.