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Exclusive: Frankie Edgar Really Wants to Beat Gray Maynard So He Doesn’t Have to Think About Him Any More

By Cage Potato correspondent Brian Dermody

The look on Frankie Edgar‘s face said it all the second Bruce Buffer broke the news that his UFC 125 bout with Gray Maynard had ended in a stalemate.

Having just endured the worst beating of his life in a single round of MMA before roaring back to win more rounds, but earn the same amount of points than Maynard in the eyes of *some* of the judges (and most pundits and fans), he knew he was going to have to go to war again with "The Bully."

Edgar walked away from the bout with a nasal fracture, a few bruises and a bad taste in his mouth, considering Maynard, who took a unanimous decision the first time the pair met in 2008, was still up one fight to none.

On the mend and with a May 28 UFC 130 date in Las Vegas penciled in for the do-over, Edgar sat down with New York-based Cage Potato correspondent Brian Dermody to chat about a variety of topics including his last fight, immediate rematches, the contenders to his belt and oblivious reporters.

Check out what "The Answer" had to say after the jump.

CP: People are already talking about your fight at UFC 125 as a high bar to clear for a fight of the year candidate, but it had to be disappointing to see the judges’ cards come out the way they did. How sure were you that you won that fight?

FE: A close fight like that, of course you’re trying to think positive. And I do think I did enough to win the fight but if you leave it in the judges’ hands, especially a fight like that? That stuff happens.

CP: What do think you could have done differently to secure the win? For that matter, what are you going to do differently in May?

FE: The biggest thing is not getting rocked with a big punch two minutes in. If I can avoid that out of the gate, that’ll set me off better. But the later rounds I think I could have picked it up some more. What happened in the first round maybe affected how I fought in the later rounds. There’s gonna be some stuff in the next few months I’ll be working on for sure.

CP: But Gray Maynard again? You had to beat BJ Penn twice, and now another go around with Gray. What’s it like focusing all your energy on one guy for that long?

FE: It’s tough. I always tell people this: As soon as I find out I’m going to fight someone, I think about that person every day until I fight him. When it’s over you stop thinking about him. With BJ, I had to think about him both times I had to fight him – same with Gray. Luckily I got to do it with BJ. I’m used to it. So back-to-back rematches, I’m pretty much comfortable. It should be fun.

CP: There was chatter that after the draw you and Maynard would coach the new season of The Ultimate Fighter. Were you approached at any point?

FE: No. UFC never said anything to me. Some people asked if I’d be willing to do it; and of course I would. It’s such a great opportunity and I think I’d be a great fit for a coach, but I guess it just wasn’t what the UFC was looking for. Brock Lesnar’s a pretty big draw, so it’s hard to argue with that.

CP: There’s talk that Anthony Pettis and Clay Guida are going to match up the same night that you and Maynard do it again, and the rumor is that the winner gets the next crack at the gold. Do you think that’s the right call, or do you think there’s another guy in the front of that line?

FE: When you’re the top guy, it’s not your job to worry about the guys behind you. What’s great about fighting is that you only have to worry about the guy you’re fighting next. Gray Maynard obviously is a handful as it is. To worry about a fight past that would be a mistake. I think that’s a great fight though. I think the fans are really getting a treat with Clay Guida and Anthony Pettis, they both bring it every time. Whoever it ends up will be a tough fight for anybody.

CP: Regarding last week’s press conference at Madison Square Garden. There was that one woman…

FE: (Laughs)

CP: You know exactly what I’m talking about. Does the lack of MMA knowledge by the mainstream media still surprise you at this point?

FE: If you’re there to cover this push to get into New York, and you haven’t really researched the sport, I think that’s her bad. You don’t come to an event without knowing what’s going on. But it’s frustrating. To me, and obviously I’m a little biased being a fighter, but I don’t see why it shouldn’t be sanctioned anywhere. But like Dana (White) says, education. The more we can educate, the less people will be able to turn it down.

CP: One last thing… how ‘bout them Jets?

FE: I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be flying back Sunday from Fort Hood, so I’m hoping I can catch the end of the game.

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cityvville- February 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm
You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I'm looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!
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rearnakedchickenchoke- January 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm
Thanks for the recap. That is pretty epicly retarded. Sets women in journalism back 50 years too.
DangadaDang- January 20, 2011 at 11:02 am
I'm still shocked that Gray fucking Maynard was able to rock Edgar more times in one round than Penn did in 2 fights.
Jab and Jive- January 20, 2011 at 10:47 am
huoked un fonicks relly wurked 4 mi
myklhoey- January 20, 2011 at 10:28 am
ya its pretty bad, im sorry i didnt no perfect people like you would be croteckin me.
i was sayin that his reply wasnted posted, when i posted mine his was already there,
got any more shit u wanna talk you fuckin punk
nesbitt- January 20, 2011 at 9:58 am
myklhoey; with grammar and spelling like that, you're not one-upping anyone.
myklhoey- January 20, 2011 at 8:45 am
@mike russell,
my bad i wasnt tryin to one up you, you just beat me to the punch
myklhoey- January 20, 2011 at 8:43 am
@tia-pan and rear naked and irish blawla
i may be rong, but i thinkits when a woman said" now that you'v added kicks and punhes to martail arts." that was the 1st dumb comment.
then she asked if the were any regulation to prevent injury to a person wile gettin punhed and kicked, and dependin how u read that could sound dumb or like a ligit question like wen u aint defendin yourslef from some g@p,
she should go rent some pride tapes and watch sho-gun with his socca kicks, shel shit her pants
Mike Russell- January 20, 2011 at 8:37 am
She asked Dana, "How, when you add kicking and punching to martial arts, can you make sure none of the competitors get hurt?"I guess she thinks the only martial art is tai chi. 
RearNakedSpoon- January 20, 2011 at 8:24 am
im with irish brawler, tai pan and rear naked...
irish brawler- January 20, 2011 at 8:07 am
im with tai pan and rear naked...
Tai-Pan- January 20, 2011 at 7:58 am
Damn, somebody, what did she say?!
Douchey McDoucherton- January 20, 2011 at 7:47 am
what is this?....amateur hour?
rearnakedchickenchoke- January 20, 2011 at 7:13 am
what exactly did she say? I missed this..
Videodrome_NOW- January 20, 2011 at 6:58 am
"CP: Regarding last week’s press conference at Madison Square Garden. There was that one woman…"



After she asked her question, the entire room sighed a universal tacit response of "Are fucking kidding me?" I thought Dana was going to throw his fuckin arms up and say "I'm out."

Fuckin New york, man.
MyDonkeyPunch- January 20, 2011 at 6:55 am
If he wins, would you say he "beat him off" the top spot?

Oh and first.
DeepHalf- January 20, 2011 at 6:55 am
what no gif of franky's round 1 backward somersault?
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