“It wasn’t that I got tired. I had that adrenaline dump. All your hopes and goals and everything you could ever hope for, that you trained for, is right there. It’s happening, you know? And you see it. And then it doesn’t. It hits you and you’re drained. Afterwards, you’re like, ‘What happened?’ You feel lazy. Your arms feel heavy. Your legs feel heavy, and that’s how I felt after the first round. You learn from it. Now I know. – For more from Gray Maynard, visit Cleveland.com (via MMAMania.com)
It was just New Year’s Day and 2011 already had a frontrunner for fight of the year: Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar vs. challenger Gray Maynard. The two went toe to toe for the duration of their grueling five-round title fight, only to have the bout declared a draw. However, it wasn’t just the razor-close nature of the fight that made it an instant classic, rather it was the champ’s ability to persevere in the face of defeat. After eating a series of heavy shots in the opening round, Edgar appeared to be fighting on borrowed time heading into the second stanza. But, in a miraculous turn of events, “The Answer” battled back to take the majority of the remaining rounds, effectively evening the score on the judges’ cards and retaining his title.
With both fighters now finally cleared to return to action, Maynard insists that he won’t be making the same mistakes again when the two meet at UFC 136 in October. But, what do you think LowKick’ers? Will “The Bully” finish what he started in the first-round of their January match-up, or will the lionhearted champ leave Texas with the gold still wrapped around his waist?