If I ever saw a draw, it was during UFC 125’s main event. Edgar was the champion, but Vegas had him as the underdog. Edgar’s only loss was against Maynard, he even commented that his record was 13 and Gray Maynard. Maynard, undefeated coming into the fight, for some reason didn’t get first crack at BJ Penn. Edgar got the shot, then beat BJ Penn (Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory), a fight that set Maynard back even further. Penn is the greatest MMA Lightweight in history, of course he deserved another shot at the title.
Edgar proved to the world on August 28th that he wasn’t a fluke and dominated an icon in the sport. Immediately, the UFC had a new plot line. The champion that fights on heart but has the skill the to hang with the best of them would have to be challenged by his only defeat: Gray Maynard.
Maynard as we all know, won Round One, he threw 97 punches and it was the most one-sided round in UFC history that didn’t result in a knockout or submission (although Vera vs Silva earlier in the night might be numbers two,three and four). Edgar deserves a bit of a jeer to some extent for both punching himself out and not being able to finish, thereby giving Edgar a shot to leave the ring with his belt.
The rest of the fight played out like a close draw, with Edgar having the edge overall in rounds 2-4. We can go on about the technical reasons the fight should have gone one way or the other, but the simple truth is if there was ever a fight that deserved a draw as a result, it was Edgar vs Maynard on January 1st, 2011. If I asked you who the better fighter was, could you give a solid answer that couldn’t be easily refuted, or that any one who knows anything about MMA could cast a shadow of doubt over? If I asked you who will win the rematch, can you give me a well constructed answer that isn’t pure speculation? True, there’s a lot of speculation in any hypothetical or future fight, but we can agree I hope on one thing: It’s not easy to say who is better and it’s not easy to defend a position on who’ll take the rematch. It becomes as simple as this: We Shall Wait And See.