Gray Maynard: “In less than two weeks, I’ll be the UFC lightweight champion of the world”

UFC lightweight number one contender, Gray Maynard has stated that in less than two weeks time he’ll be crowned the new UFC lightweight champion of the world ahead of his title bout with champion, Frankie Edgar at UFC 125 in Las Vegas, NV.

Maynard, speaking via UFC.com, Maynard said:

“A lot of people have asked me if I feel like the uncrowned champion, because I beat Edgar and Edgar has to beat me to prove that he’s the ‘real champ’. I appreciate the thought, but there’s no question Frankie is the real champ and I have to beat him next weekend.

“In this sport, you don’t have to beat everyone in the division and they work out your won/loss/draw ratio at the end of the season. In this sport, you beat the champion, and that makes you the champion. And Frankie Edgar beat the champion – BJ Penn – twice. That makes him number one and he has nothing to prove against me at all other than what we have to do in the Octagon on New Year’s Day.”

“I am ready. No disrespect to Frankie, he’s a great champion and a gentleman and I respect him professionally and personally. But he’s losing that belt and is going to be ‘one and done’ with the championship. There’s no scripts with me. I hope the sport doesn’t go to where everyone is expected to smack talk. This is the UFC, not Jersey Shore. I’m not a gimmick. I got to the number one contender spot by being me, no frills, just hard work. And in less than two weeks, I’ll be the UFC lightweight champion of the world.”

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