While most of the MMA world continue to marvel over Frankie Edgar’s second consecutive unanimous decision victory over former lightweight king BJ Penn, the UFC champ is already focused on his next challenge.
“It’s great, and I guess you could say it means more,” Edgar told MMAWeekly.com of hanging back-to-back W’s on the dude most consider to be the division’s G.O.A.T. “Winning the title’s great, defending it’s better. I’m sure every single one’s going to get better and better. That’s the plan, I hope I can keep this thing for a while.”
Edgar may prefer to sit atop the throne for an extended period, but the planet’s best lightweight knows the target on his back just got a whole lot larger. After spending his entire life playing the role of the hunter, the undersized 155-pounder now finds himself as the weight class’ most wanted man.
“I don’t think I’ll ever fall into that,” he said of falling victim to complacency. “Just because being the smaller guy all the time, people throwing shots at me for that. That will keep me focused. Honestly, after the first fight with BJ, I knew I had to step up more and this fight it just made me more ambitious.”
Up first for the upset specialist will be a familiar foe in Gray Maynard. He owns a nearly perfect 10-0 (1NC) record, including a lopsided unanimous decision win over Edgar back April 2008. While he doesn’t expect to be the division’s top dog forever, he’s not quite prepared to give up the hardware just yet.
“It’s inevitable, it’s just the cycle,” Edgar stated. “You can’t always be on top forever, and way the sport’s evolving, guys are getting better, it’s just what’s going to happen but I’m looking to be on top for a while.
“It’s the perfect story. He’s undefeated, he’s coming up the ranks, I’m the champ and he beat me already. It’s the perfect chance to right that wrong.”
No word on when the lightweight rematch will go down, however the champ believes late this year or early 2011 would serve as the perfect landing spot.