The final hurdle for Saturday night's main event showdown at UFC 125 was cleared on Friday as top contender Gray Maynard and UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar took to the scales.
Weighing in at 155 pounds, Edgar is determined to avenge the only loss on his record. He was defeated by Maynard in April 2008 at UFC Fight Night 13. It was a lopsided fight, as Maynard used his superior wrestling to paint the canvas with Edgar's back sweat for all three rounds.
Since the loss, Edgar has racked up five consecutive victories. His most recent string of wins came from his back to back unanimous decision nods over former Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn. Despite securing victories over former champions in Penn and Sean Sherk, Edgar still comes into this bout a significant underdog. Will he prove the MMA world wrong again?
"I'm gonna walk away with a win and seek revenge. I have to start the new year off right," said Edgar.
Meanwhile, Maynard has seemingly waited a lifetime to get this opportunity to compete for UFC gold. It has been a bitter sight for Maynard to watch the man he defeated ascend the UFC ranks faster than him. Undefeated in his MMA career, Maynard has earned wins over Edgar, Kenny Florian, Jim Miller, Nate Diaz and Roger Huerta.
The past won't matter on Saturday night as "The Bully" finally gets his chance to show the world that he is the uncrowned Lightweight king.
"I'm gonna go out and get the win," said Maynard.
UFC 125: Resolution takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card also includes the Middleweight tilt between hard-nosed strikers Chris Leben (186) and Brian Stann (186), a possible do or die Light Heavyweight scrap between Brandon Vera (205) and Thiago Silva (206), a Welterweight duel between savvy grapplers Nate Diaz (170) and Dong Hyun Kim (171) and a highly anticipated Lightweight showdown between fan favorite Clay Guida (156) and MMA legend Takanori Gomi (155).
UFC Lightweight Championship
Frankie Edgar (155) vs. Gray Maynard (155)
Chris Leben (186) vs. Brian Stann (186)
Brandon Vera (205) vs. Thiago Silva (206)
Nate Diaz (170) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (171)
Clay Guida (156) vs. Takanori Gomi (155)
Jeremy Stephens (156) vs. Marcus Davis (156)
Josh Grispi (146) vs. Dustin Poirier (145)
Phil Baroni (186) vs. Brad Tavares (185)
Mike Thomas Brown (146) vs. Diego Nunes (146)
Daniel Roberts (171) vs. Greg Soto (171)
Jacob Volkmann (156) vs. Antonio McKee (156)