Although lightweight champion Frankie Edgar showed fantastic hands in his rematch against former king BJ Penn, top contender Gray Maynard is hoping they are just as good outside the Octagon. Specifically, in how he handles the hardware.
“It was blinging, it was all shiny and stuff,” Maynard told MMAWeekly.com of seeing UFC president Dana White wrap the gold around Frankie’s waist. “I hope he doesn’t mess it up, I don’t want any chips in it when I get it.”
Prior to solidifying his spot atop the 155-pound mountain at UFC 118, Edgar knew that if he retained the strap, a familiar foe awaited after Maynard earned his next dibs status by dominating Kenny Florian earlier in the evening. After bumping his record to 10-0 (1 NC) against the former top contender, Maynard proved his time has arrived.
“This is the best time. I went through all the top guys. Nobody can say, ‘Oh he didn’t do this, or this.’ This is mine, I deserve this, I earned it,” Maynard emphatically stated.
Now that all dues have officially been paid, the Extreme Couture trained fighter is looking forward to a repeat performance of his lopsided win over Edgar at “UFC Fight Night 13.” Although he owns a convincing win over the reigning champ, he isn’t about to unleash a Chael Sonnen-esque verbal assault on the man he steamrolled just two years ago.
“It’s great competition. He trains hard. He’s a cool guy too. It’s cool because his dad is always like ‘Hey Gray!’ talks to me and stuff; nicest guy in the world,” Maynard said. “So trash talk ain’t gonna happen. But I guarantee you he’s going to train hard, and I’ll train and it’s going to be a good fight.
“It’s all business. Throw the trash talk out, it’s just all business.”
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