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Frankie Edgar Says ‘It Makes Sense’ That Maynard Is the Favorite Heading Into UFC 125 Bout

("Sorry about the fit, Frankie. We had it ready to go for BJ to wear home.")

You would think that at the very least, besides winning the UFC 155-pound strap, beating continual top five lightweight BJ Penn twice would raise Frankie Edgar‘s stock in the eyes of oddsmakers.

Apparently they just can’t seem to get past the UFN 13 loss the UFC lightweight champ suffered against Gray Maynard and it seems that the only thing that will erase the blemish from his record would be for the Toms River, New Jersey native to beat the only man to ever beat him.

He’ll get his chance Saturday night at UFC 125 in Las Vegas as he attempts to retain his belt in his second title defense, but the 5’6" perennial underdog says he isn’t put off by the fact that he’s rarely the favorite and that Maynard is the odds-on fighter to walk away with the belt this weekend.

“[Being the underdog has] been working good for me, so why change it?" Edgar recently asked the hosts of MMAWeekly Radio. "I’m assuming sooner or later I’ll not be the underdog, but I’ll take it. It makes sense [that Gray is the favorite]. Heads-up he beat me, so he should be the favorite.”

As far as exacting revenge, Edgar says that isn’t the frame of mind he’s in approaching his second meeting with Maynard. Instead, he explains, he is he preparing for the fight like he is facing a completely different opponent — which is exactly what the Xtreme Couture fighter has become since they lat fought two years ago.

“I go back, I look at it somewhat. Teammates look at it, coaches, but for the most part we are different fighters, different game. I look more at recent stuff. I’m not out there to get revenge, per se. I’m defending my title and it just so happens it’s against Gray Maynard, who has a win over me," Edgar explains. "A win over him would just be icing on the cake. Right now, it’s just another win. Maybe you ask me after the fight with a ‘W’, I might say ‘Yeah, it means a little bit more.’”

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Smitty- December 29, 2010 at 12:33 am
I sure hope someone on here remembers me sayin this thing will end by TKO, and gives me props in the comment section after it all goes down. At the same time, I sure hope no one remembers I said it if it doesn't.
Casa de los pantelones- December 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm
I am going to build bunk beds in my room, RIGHT NOW!

So there will be so much more room for doing the cartwheel YES!

RSparrow- December 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Holy shit, that was fucking epic.

I now feel like screaming "YES" Dirty Sanchez style.
Casa de los pantelones- December 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm
I see this fight ending only one way...Clay guida gets over excited in the third from being hypnotized by edgars head movement and sway, jumps the fence and starts headbanging to the sound in his head of the finest cabinet doors, eVaR, being cut on a tablesaw, then routed to perfection.

Maynard gets confused by this and edgar seizes the moment with a brutal eye gouge ('cause capt. insano shows no mercy) and finishes the fight via indian wrist burn.

True story.
donfryesmustache- December 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm
I rather watch Bas Rutten punch Ricco again
skeletor- December 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm
@Fedor Penn
I don't even think it will be that exciting. Neither guy has KO power so I see this going to decision by way of who pushed the pace and had the best "octagon control". Basically two guys with short arms standing outside and jabbing at each other until one shoots for a take down and pushes the other guy up against the fence for awhile. Watch and repeat for five rounds.
Fedor Penn- December 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm
This fight is going to fucking suck. Five rounds of not trying to fight and then a decision based on who held who on the ground the longest. I hope Pettis beats the shit out of whoever wins this and makes this division exciting again.
Mighty Gonad- December 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm
@ LAS Maybe Fitch/Shields could raise that bar...
macreadysshack- December 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm
Fifth round double KO off jabs followed by spontaneous ejaculation by Rogan.
Punching Homer- December 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm
I hear Maynard has been watching gay porn to learn how to finish off guys.
RSparrow- December 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm
Guarantee Dana puts up a ridiculous bonus if winner finishes the fight. He knows what's up.
LAS- December 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm
These guys have a combined 3 finishes in 16 UFC wins. That has to be an unprecident level of snooze-ability between champ and challenger. Has there even been a more potentially boring title fight in UFC history?
Smitty- December 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm
I'm with you Carl. Usually when 2 wrestlers get in a fight, it becomes a stand up war. I think Edgar has the better stand up, but I believe he has what it takes to get the TKO.
Carl Sagan- December 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Edgar by UD via stick and move!
RSparrow- December 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Paddy cake, paddy cake...

Morningwood- December 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm
pity pat, run, pity pat, run - take down lay for a decision. That's the way I see it going. Hope I'm wrong.