Gray Maynard is no dummy. He knows that he could have — and perhaps should have — finished Frankie Edgar during the wild first round of their UFC lightweight title fight on Jan. 1.

He came close after staggering the champ with a big left hand. But Edgar withstood the five-minute onslaught, and earned a draw.

“He’s a tough kid,” Maynard told Metro on Thursday. “Of course there was stuff I could have done. I could have been a little bit more calculated with how I threw. But hindsight’s always 20-20.”

The undefeated Maynard will finally get a chance to set things right next weekend, when he’ll meet Edgar again at UFC 136 in Houston. Their rematch was originally scheduled for May, but both fighters were injured in their training camps.

 

That might have been for the best for Maynard — he said the May camp “wasn’t going that great.”

This time around, the No. 1 contender is concentrating on adding to his wrestling style.

“I’m always trying to evolve,” he said. “That’s important for the sport, to evolve and learn.”

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