Frankie "The Answer" Edgar vs "The Bully" Gray Maynard
Pre-Fight Hype: This is the third fight between these guys. Maynard won the first by unanimous decision. The second, for the lightweight belt, was a draw. Maynard had Edgar out on his feet with strikes but the champ battled back to earn a draw.
Inside Scoop, @frankieedgar Even though he's the champ he's never beaten Maynard. That has to weigh on the psyche. But Edgar showed tremendous heart and stamina in the last fight. Only problem, he still didn't win.
Inside Scoop, @graymaynard He's undefeated as a pro and his trophy case is filled with collegiate and high school wrestling statuettes. He makes a fair point when he says he's the most accomplished fighter in the division. The only thing preventing that from being the absolute truth is Frankie Edgar. Staying perfect, as Kelly Rowland would say, that's motivation.
Prediction Maynard. The Bully has only fought a 5-rounder once and it resulted in his only non-win. Maynard's weakness is his gas tank. Both fighters know that. Edgar will try to stretch it past three rounds but Maynard won't let him. He uses his size to wear Edgar down and stops him with strikes.