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Edgar vs. Maynard Title Fight Reported for UFC 125 on New Year’s Day

(Man, that is some crazy, high-level, top-of-the-food-chain…uh, what exactly am I looking at here? Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly.)

As first reported by MMAFighting, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will attempt to make his second belt defense against Gray Maynard at UFC 125, which is slated to go down New Year’s Day 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Both fighters are coming off big decision wins at UFC 118, with Edgar shutting down BJ Penn in a rematch of their first title bout, and Maynard outpointing Kenny Florian. Edgar and Maynard previously met at UFC Fight Night 13 in April 2008, with Maynard scoring a unanimous decision victory and handing Edgar his only career loss to date. Both fighters are tied on the UFC decision-fight leaderboard.

As Chael Sonnen so eloquently put it, "From a business standpoint, acting as though Maynard versus Edgar is going to sell out an arena is about as optimistic as holding onto Jim Morrison’s mail." Which is why the potential loss of Silva vs. Belfort on the card is such a bummer. Plus, Chris Leben is penciled in to fight Brian Stann at the event, not Wanderlei Silva, as we (and Silva himself) had hoped. UFC 125 could really use a solid co-headliner, especially considering it’s a New Year’s card. Any bright ideas?

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jamesmedley- September 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm
This fight of undefeated lightweights may be your swing bout at night and for your reason if numerous within the public bouts finish early which did not go too extended, fans may find it incorporated inside the 3-hour Spike special.

Personally, this fight was too good to ever leave however card to begin with, so let us hope we percieve it.

Edgar will be with this particular fight round the 3-fight undefeated streak within the UFC with two large-title victories on his resume.

He first shown against then 8- rising star Tyson Griffin and quickly handed him his only loss obtaining a unanimous decision. Inside the latest fight, he beat perennial contender Spencer Fisher, who had previously been 21-2 in individuals days as well as on his method of a title shot.

Edgar can be quite well-rounded, with great wrestling, superior striking and great condition. Victory here could put him within the top contender fight with someone like Roger Huerta while using the champion obtaining a title shot.

Like Edgar, Maynard is undefeated within the UFC at 2--1. The draw with Take full advantage of Emerson is a terrible decision, so he needs to be 3-.

He is a great wrestler, obtaining a strength edge over Edgar, but Frankie will get the benefit round the feet. Let us call conditioning a draw there is available a genuine fight on our hands.

The main difference? Maynard hasn't fought against against against anybody even remotely in Edgar's league while a couple of Frankie's wins came over males who be simple faves over Maynard. I'd need to give Edgar the advantage here.
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HabitualLineStepper- September 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm
mirs kid v dana
Shrigs- September 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm
Hey, how about Martinez vs Zimmer II? Ok, sorry, I always wanted to say that. I feel better now.

I like Griffin vs Rich, that'd be a nice (relatively meaningless) fight. According to Wiki though, there's 3 fights already lined up.

Edgar vs Maynard
Leben vs Stann
Thiago Silva vs Vera

The two non-title fights look like Main Card matchups to me, maybe one of them on Spike though.

Maybe the winner of Teh Sex/Teh Cunt vs someone, or Gonzaga vs Mir (if Gonzaga beats Schaub).
oki-who oki-ryu- September 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm
@ballkick, I would agree except for the fact that its against kampman. He is an absolute beast on a tear. After seeing him beat thiago (which i never expected) i think he's got a good shot to end it early.
Ballkick- September 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm
My prediction.....I will still be asleep from watching Jake Sheildzzzzzzz fight at UFC 121
steampunk22- September 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Dos Santos gets the winner of Cain/Lesnar. Seems unlikely Dana will change that.

Rumor has it that Franklin/Griffin is going to happen at LHW sometime late this year. Thats not bad filler.
ThrashingMad- September 30, 2010 at 3:36 pm
You know, Edgar vs Maynard may be relatively exciting. A lot of times when you have two very good wrestlers fighting, you see a bunch of cool switches and reversals and battle for position. Like Edgar vs Tyson Griffin was a lot like that when it went to the ground, or even the first Koscheck vs St. Pierre fight. If that doesn't happen we'll likely see an epic 25 clinch battle.
MoTropolis- September 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm
Leben is fighting Stann next, go figure.
jimbonics- September 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Leben v Wandy GOD DAMNIT!!!!

Fried Taco- September 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm
Father Time against Baby New Year - oh, someone already said Randy Couture against Jon Jones.
oki-who oki-ryu- September 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm
not quite a co- main but i think both nate diaz and mike swick would be eligible to fight. With the big welter weight night @ ufc 121 ( kampman v shields, paulo thiago v diego sanchez) not to mention Hardy v. Condit @ ufc 120... this could set up 170 for an exciting 2011. So, Swick v. Diaz.
noname- September 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm
UFC 125 needs a headliner. Edgar vs Maynard can go to co-main event where it belongs.
Almost North- September 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Thats a good point, I was in Vegas last weekend and it was dirt cheap. Couple locals said it was the slowest summer in 10 years
Morningwood- September 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Roy Nelson vs. Mir. Loser goes to LHW.
fACE7biter- September 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm
@brownjhole I know you're probably joking there, and I hate freak show fights, but I really think Toney Vs. Kimbo should have been signed for the Detroit show in November. Give them both one more chance to do something impressive in the Octogan, while bumping up the PPV numbers a little. Kimbo sucks just enough at the ground game that it might be competitive.

Far as a compelling co-main event for the NYE show, I think the only thing that makes sense right now is Jon Jones Vs. Ryan Bader. Not a #1 contender match though, just a fight with title implications. They should wait and see how Rua Vs. Evans goes before committing to anything for various reasons.
Frankie Edgar Vs. Gray Maynard
Jon Jones Vs. Ryan Bader
Frank Mir Vs. Roy Nelson
Clay Guida Vs. Takanori Gomi
Forrest Griffin Vs. Rich Franklin
RwilsonR- September 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm
@ Almost North - won't be cheaper because of New Year's in Vegas. I always end up going to the ones in Vegas on New Year's and Memorial day, and everything in that city is outrageous on those weekends.
Jonny5- September 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm
****MIR VS. DOS SANTOS *****

That does it for me .....See how quick that is steam punk?
Almost North- September 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm
This fight will have more hugging that Barry-Crocop
Almost North- September 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm
Well I was thinking about attending this one, so I'm actually a little excited the main card won't be a big draw. That usually means cheaper tickets.
kangerpang- September 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm
Nate Diaz vs Chris Lytle
MoTropolis- September 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm
NYE Hangover VS Headline fight

Whats gonna suck more?
geohutch88- September 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm
griffin already said he wanted no part of jon jones so take him out and insert the Ace Franklin or maybe Randy Couture in a forced retirement match

trandazzo1026- September 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm
Its a little short notice but why not reschedule Forrest Griffin vs Lil Nog?
Almost North- September 30, 2010 at 1:43 pm
Jake Shields vs a case of red bull
Almost North- September 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm
Cole Konrad vs a Salad.