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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Frankie Edgar is ready for a change in opposition

Frankie Edgar wants a new opponent as badly as his fans do.

Edgar, the UFC lightweight champion, has competed four times in the last 18 months, but only against two opponents. He defeated B.J. Penn for the title, and then faced the Hawaiian in an immediate rematch. Following those bouts Edgar fought Gray Maynard two times consecutively due to their first title meeting ending in a draw.

Edgar found benefits in becoming common with his foes, but is welcoming newcomers.

“Having to fight somebody two times in a row definitely makes you reinvent yourself,” Edgar explained to the MMA Beatdown show on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. “In that aspect it’s good to fight someone back-to-back. At the same time, it’s going to be nice to face someone different.”

At UFC 125 on New Year’s night, Edgar and Maynard had their first title affair. Maynard came out strong and had “The Answer” staggering and looking for a solution to “The Bully’s” onslaught. Edgar narrowly escaped Round 1, but bounced back strong to not let the belt slip away. The bout eventuated to a draw, therefore warranting and immediate rematch.

When the two lightweights met at UFC 136 this past Saturday in Houston, the bout initiated in the same fashion.

“When I was in the mix of it all I thought, ‘Man, it can’t be happening again,’ ” Edgar explained. “Once I went to the corner and asked if there was any adjustments I needed to make, I went to work. “

Edgar went to work, indeed.

Once again, the New Jersey native made a seemingly unreal comeback after Maynard’s battering and ended it with a fourth-round TKO of the TUF 5 participant. This put the questions about Edgar’s ability to finish his opponents to bed.

After a decisive victory such as Edgar’s at UFC 136, the fan base will inevitably grow, along with his confidence. Edgar is in a great position at the moment, but that does not mean the UFC lightweight champ is satisfied.

“I don’t think I’m the type of guy to ever get complacent just because of the way I motivate myself and my thought process,” Edgar explained. “I wouldn’t say I’m scared of anybody, but I definitely respect everybody. Whenever hear a new guy I’m going to fight, I put them on a pedestal. Because when I put them on a pedestal I know I have to train hard to beat them.”
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 04:17 PM
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Dana would never do it, but it would be interesting if he let Aldo and Edgar switch belts, and defend the other weight class. They'd both be top five in the other weight class
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 04:22 PM
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I don't think I'm alone in the desire to see Frankie compete against more fighters. Although, his boxing and TDD has reached a level of absurdity, so it's hard to imagine someone really posing much of a threat. I don't see him going to the ground, and I see him as much too elusive and crisp a striker to lose a decision. Having outboxed and out worked both Maynard and Penn, it's difficult to imagine really anyone posing a threat to him. It's interesting how right now the UFC appears to be in a state where the title holders are lacking any evident dangers, with the potential exception of Chael and Silva, but even that is just a rematch of a fight Silva has won.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 05:23 PM
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Well he's not going to fight just Penn and Maynard forever is he. Thread title lead me to think Edgar wanted to change weight. Article doesn't really inform about anything.

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I wish they would have thought a little more before setting the rematches. Sure it makes sense to have a rematch right after a draw. But what does it do for Maynard? He has now unsuccessfully challenged for the belt twice, no one is going to want to see a third time. Now the #2-3 LW in the world is stuck in limbo, permanent gate keeper status.

The same rash decision making of Edgar vs. Penn II make Penn move to welterweight. An immediate rematch sounded great then too, but now we have the same situation. The #2-3 LW (potentially, up for debate) in Penn now has to be a permanent gate keeper at LW or a nobody at welterweight.

Maybe Henderson will dethrone Edgar and create all new interesting matches for the top guys.


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