By Cage Potato correspondent Brian Dermody
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…
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.