If he dies, he dies.
UFC lightweight title-holder Frankie Edgar displayed the heart of a champion when he survived a first round blitzkrieg from division number one contender Gray Maynard in the main event of UFC 125: "Resolution" back on Jan. 1 in Las Vegas.
He not only survived, he stormed back and pulled even with "The Bully" after five rounds of action, forcing a draw and setting up a third (and hopefully final) bout between two of the world's best 155-pounders at UFC 136 later this year.
But if Edgar's boxing trainer Mark Henry had his way, Maynard might have walked out of "Sin City" a champion and undefeated (2-0) against the Toms River, N.J., native. TapouT News asked why.
Here's his "Answer:"
"I think that he was just getting a little overwhelmed, a little excited. You know, out of everybody else in my corner, no one felt that it was the issue. I don’t think anyone else was callin' for that. I think Mark, he just puts so much into us and he’s so passionate that it kinda got a hold of him for that one round. I would have (kicked his ass). I told him afterwards when I heard he was calling for the towel, which I don’t think you can throw the towel in in the UFC, which is a good thing. But I told him, 'Dude, don’t you ever, ever throw the towel in.'"
Edgar and Maynard were expected to settle their differences in the main event of UFC 130 until injuries forced both fighters to withdraw from the Memorial Day weekend event.
In their absence, the co-main event between "Rampage" Jackson and Matt Hamill was promoted to headliner.
Now with the trilogy concluding at UFC 136 on Oct. 8 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, we may finally have a undisputed lightweight champion.
But with Maynard no longer holding the division hostage, who will emerge as number one contender? Winner of Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson? Someone else?