A "Bully beatdown" is headed to a television screen near you, but it won't be Jason Miller's popular MTV show that you will be watching.
That's because Gray Maynard will get one more shot at the UFC lightweight championship when he takes on division champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 136 on Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas.
Maynard is beyond frustrated after he failed to win gold at UFC 125. And while "The Bully" already owns one win over the champ, defeating him back in 2008, he feels he should be 2-0 against him, as explained in hhis blog at Sportsnet.ca:
"I beat Edgar when we fought in 2008 as contenders on the way up, and I beat him even worse on New Year's Day for the belt, only for the judges to give it a draw. I've beat him twice and I still have to prove something against this guy?"
After five grueling rounds of back-and-forth action, the judges indeed decided they could not determine a clear winner. While fans might not blame them -- it was a ridiculously close fight, after all -- Maynard certainly feels as though they jobbed him.
That said, he's got no plans on taking it out on Edgar when they clash at UFC 136 on Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas ... at least not verbally.
"I still don't like talking crap about other fighters and competitors and I'm not going to do my worst Muhammad Ali impression to get a spotlight on myself. But, yes, it is frustrating I don't get the credit I feel I have earned."
Edgar held on to his belt by surviving a first round blitz from Maynard on New Year's day in which he was knocked down three times. The scrappy kid from New Jersey showed great fortitude by mounting one of the greatest comebacks in MMA history to earn a draw and the right to keep his title.
However, if you ask Maynard, the fight was not that close:
"I knocked him down three times in the opening round, a lot of referees would have stopped it there and then, but he's a tough guy and he hung in there. I made a couple mistakes in trying to finish him off too much and not being careful not to burn out, but I feel I won three rounds to two, plus I won the first round BIG and it should have been scored 10-7. Edgar knows that after two attempts, he's come nowhere near close to beating me. He also knows I have the power to knock him out. Edgar will be better than ever for this fight, but so will I and my best beats his best every time."
Maynard also went on to say that he will do whatever it takes to prove to the division that he's the best lightweight in the world, including beating Edgar worse than he ever has:
"I am going into this fight angry. Not angry at Edgar. Nothing personal with him, other than I need to beat him worse than ever to make sure everyone understands I am the best fighter at 155 pounds. Next Saturday, he will be in pain. He will be hurt come October 8th."
Anyone think we'll have a new king in the 155-pound division comes Oct. 9? Or will Edgar have "The Answer" to solving the Gray Maynard puzzle and getting past his own personal "Bully" once and for all?