The first UFC title fight of 2011 is just eleven days away, which means it’s time to drag out some stats and see who holds the advantages in the Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard rematch — on paper, at least. As we all know, anything can happen in the cage. Seriously. This one could end in a unanimous decision, it could end in a split decision, a majority decision…you just never know.
BIGGEST CAREER WIN
Edgar: Defended his lightweight title in a 50-45 x 3 shutout against BJ Penn at UFC 118.
Maynard: Routed Kenny Florian the same night to win the #1 lightweight contender spot.
MOST PAINFUL LOSS
Edgar: His UFC Fight Night 13 decision loss against, you guessed it, Gray Maynard. It’s still the only loss on Edgar’s record.
Maynard: He’s never lost in professional competition, though he was submitted by Nate Diaz on TUF 5 (a loss he avenged later at UFC Fight Night 20) and accidentally knocked himself out in a no-contest against Rob Emerson.
UFC FINISHING RATIO
Edgar: 22% (2 stoppage wins in 9 fights)
Maynard: 11% (1 stoppage win in 9 fights)
Edgar: 5’6", 72" reach
Maynard: 5’8", 70" reach
# OF UFC ‘FIGHT OF THE NIGHT’ BONUSES EARNED
COLLEGIATE WRESTLING CREDENTIALS
Edgar: Four-time national qualifier at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Maynard: Three-time All American at Michigan State.
Edgar: "My good friend and training partner, Chris Liguori, gave it to me. He was just like, ‘you’ve always got the answer’ so maybe I had a big mouth or something, I don’t know. But it sounds good with Edgar."
Maynard: That time he stole a neglected bull terrier from some dirtbag.
REAL FIRST NAME
Edgar: Frank. No surprises there.
Maynard: Bradley. Wait, seriously? You lied to us!
Final score: The defending champ gets the edge, 5-4-1, meaning he’ll come out on top in a close decision. (What else?) Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to sorting Jim Morrison’s mail…