For some reason people tend to think in terms of trilogies when it comes to a series of events. The same is true in Mixed Martial Arts where three-fight series are fairly common if need for a “rubber match” comes into play after the competitors’ first two encounters. However, as far as UFC lightweight Gray Maynard is concerned, he’s looking to meet Frankie Edgar for a fourth time to truly break their 1-1-1 tie, and, after the quality involved in their highly competitive 2011 offerings, it’s not hard to understand why.
As such, Maynard is hoping Edgar retains his title this February when he faces Ben Henderson in the main event at UFC 144 and even beyond if necessary in order to set up a fitting finale to their fantastic run of rumbles.
“Hopefully he holds on to the belt, because there’s got to be a part four, I think, to make it a true ‘trilogy’. Now he has one and I do too, so that’s a draw. So, we gotta do it again,” said Maynard in a conversation with Tatame. “Hopefully, he holds on the belt and I can work back up there.”
As far as what might be next up for the 32-year old Ultimate Fighter alumnus, Maynard was unsure with many of the division’s top names already booked for upcoming fights.
“Well, that’s a lot of stuff up in the air. I know Melvin Guillard got (put) up against Jim Miller. I know Donald Cerrone is going to go up against Nate Diaz, so there’s a lot of interesting stuff that you kinda have to wait to see what happens.”
Maynard holds an overall record of 10-1-1 with the only flaws involving Edgar (as well as one of the victories). In addition to Edgar, “The Bully” also holds past wins over top 155ers like Miller, Diaz, Dennis Siver, Roger Huerta, and Kenny Florian.
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