Prior to last year’s UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, long time Lightweight king-pin B.J. Penn ruled over the division with an iron-fist, leaving little question (for many) as to who the best 155-pound fighter in the world was. This all changed, however, when current Champion Frankie Edgar dethroned the veteran, scoring back to back unanimous decision victories over Penn, sparking a debate over who should now fill that number one spot.
According to top contender Gray Maynard, however, the answer is simple:
“I think Gilbert is a tough kid and he’s a good fighter. Eddie Alvarez is good too but they aren’t consistently going up against top competition. To be the in the top spot you have to beat the other top fighters. If you look at our top lightweights we are all fighting each other and to get to the top of our division you have to go up against guys like Edgar, Penn, Florian and Jim Miller. There are a bunch of different guys in the UFC lightweight division and it’s just stacked. There are no easy fights at 155 pounds and I think to become champion of that division will prove you are the best in the world. – For complete interview visit BloodyElbow.com
Maynard will get another shot to prove himself when he meets Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar for the third time at UFC 130. “The Bully” currently stands as the only fighter to claim a victory over Edgar, who he defeated via unanimous decision in 2008. Their second meeting, this past January at UFC 125, ended in a draw after Edgar was able to battle back from an early thrashing that nearly resulted in a first round stoppage. Though Edgar retained the title, UFC President Dana White announced later that night that he felt an instant rematch was in order.