Frankie Edgar found the recipe for success in his last two outings and found himself drunk off championship champagne for his efforts. Ironically, the reigning UFC lightweight king has been able to thrive while entering the Octagon as an underdog.
BJ Penn was a heavy favorite to beat Edgar both times they squared off, but the upset specialist posted back-to-back unanimous decision wins to cement his spot atop the 155-pound totem pole. Unfortunately for GRAY MAYNARD, Edgar isn’t expected to retain the title this Saturday at UFC 125.
“It’s been working good for me, so why change it?” Edgar told MMAWeekly of his Rocky Balboa status. “I’m assuming sooner or later I’ll not be the underdog, but I’ll take it. It makes sense. Heads-up he beat me, so he should be the favorite.”
Maynard hung a lopsided decision victory on the Jersey boy at “UFC Fight Night 13.” While the loss is the only blemish on Edgar’s resume, he claims to have put the April 2008 defeat in his rear-view mirror light years ago.
“I go back, I look at it somewhat,” Edgar admitted. “Teammates look at it, coaches, but for the most part we are different fighters, different game. I look more at recent stuff.
“I’m not out there to get revenge, per se. I’m defending my title and it just so happens it’s against Gray Maynard, who has a win over me. A win over him would just be icing on the cake.”
While Edgar may be playing the just-another-opponent card, he very well could be singing a different tune if UFC president Dana White wraps Octagon gold around his waist for the third consecutive time.
“Right now, it’s just another win,” Edgar said if his hand gets raised inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “Maybe you ask me after the fight with a W, I might say ‘Yeah, it means a little bit more.’”