Frankie Edgar overcame a first round beating to hang on for a split draw against Gray Maynard. While it wasn't the performance Edgar would have hoped for, the draw did allow him to retain his title.
Despite the loss, Maynard did show that he could be a serious threat to claim the belt from Edgar.
Unfortunately for Anthony Pettis, he will have to wait for another shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Despite the announcement at the UFC 125 Post-Fight Press Conference that WEC Lightweight Champion Pettis would be the next to challenge Edgar, Dana White has stated that he has changed his mind, and there will be a rematch between Edgar and Maynard.
There are several other rising fighters waiting for their chance to fight Edgar, including Clay Guida, a winner at UFC 125. So who are the top ten threats to Edgar's belt? Let's take a look.
Since I'm scheduled to write a lightweight rankings piece later tonight, rather than power ranking the lightweight division, this list is going to consist of the ten fighters most likely to claim the lightweight title from Edgar.