While two lightweights have dominated the “UFC 125: Resolution” pre-fight headlines, it’s highly likely the three judges sitting Octagon-side will have the final say in what goes down Saturday night inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Frankie Edgar puts his 155-pound title up for grabs against a familiar foe in Gray Maynard in the card’s featured attraction. Although the studs own a combined 23-1 (1NC) record, 16 of their total wins have been of the decision variety.
The Gambling Gods have set the Over/Under at 4.5 rounds, with the odds of their championship affair going the distance at -260.
Maynard owns a practically perfect 10-0 (1NC) resume, but has never danced in a five round affair before. However, his last seven contests have been determined by the officials sitting inches from the action.
The Jersey boy is coming off two landslide unanimous decision wins over BJ Penn, the man most considered to be the division’s G.O.A.T. prior to getting trounced by Edgar in back-to-back outings. Eight of the champ’s 13 victories have been determined by the judges’ scorecards.
Maynard handed Edgar his only professional blemish in April 2008 … via unanimous decision.
Although both have promised to start the New Year in style by posting a devastating finish, the chances of a “Showtime-esque Kick” concluding the Octagon’s debut in the new decade are remote.
“I don’t think so, man. I think [Anthony Pettis] already trademarked it,” Edgar jokingly said of the SportsCenter highlight.
The WEC lightweight king/UFC top contender will be sitting front and center tonight scouting his next opponent. The question is, will his notepad be filled with 25 minutes worth of information or less?