Before Frankie Edgar enters the cage for his second fight at featherweight July 6th at UFC 162, lets take a little look back at when 'The Answer' was the #1 lightweight in the world.
We really don't have to go back that far to when Edgar was on top of the world. It took beating a man they dub as the greatest lightweight of all-time in B.J. Penn twice for Edgar to finally get the respect he deserved from the masses. Sometimes that's just how cruel this sport can be. Edgar rose, Penn fell. Eventually Benson Henderson would rise, and Frankie Edgar would fall. It can happen so fast, but somewhere in between is when Frankie truly became a star.
On New Years Day 2011, Edgar would get the chance to defend his strap against 'The Bully' that beat him back in '08. Early on it looked like Maynard would be leaving Vegas with some new hardware around his waist. Not only did he land 43 head shots to Edgar's 5 in the very first round, he knocked down Edgar three separate times. However, Edgar would make a miraculous comeback for the ages that would do just enough to keep the belt around his waist. The two would fight to a draw, making Edgar 14-Maynard-Maynard. On October 8th in Houston, Edgar would get one more chance to make things right.
Check out the full Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III fight video via FuelTV below:
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