"The title has always been the goal. I would love to have the belt and somewhere along the line, get another fight with Edgar. We are 1-1-1 and we need to settle it once and for all. It has to happen eventually, and after that fight we can both be done. We can walk away knowing it's over and that we gave MMA fans some great fights to look back on," Maynard said.
Undeniably, Maynard and Edgar have put on some of the best back-and-forth bouts this sport has ever seen. Their most recent scrap at UFC 136 ended with Edgar's hand being raised and Maynard suffering his first KO loss of his career.
Since UFC 136, the lightweight landscape has changed considerably. Edgar is no longer the champion and will look to regain his belt against titleholder, Ben Henderson, sometime this summer.
For Maynard, he will be jumping back into the fray. Meeting him in his return at UFC on FX 4 is UFC stable, Clay Guida.
"I've pretty much been gearing up for him for a while now. Guida has good takedowns, but I feel that is my area and what he lacks as a true athlete he makes up for in heart and toughness. Clay is well known for his cardio, but he also likes to mix it up and throw hands. He has a good chin, great heart and it's a fun fight," Maynard said.
Maynard's loss to Edgar prompted "The Bully" to reevaluate his life, training, etc. As a result, Maynard has made drastic changes to continue to develop as a fighter which includes leaving his longtime home at Xtreme Couture for the American Kickboxing Academy.
"All I want to do is continue to grow and develop, and I'm having a great time doing it...I want to be a champion, and I'm going to do whatever it takes for that to happen," Maynard said.
Maynard has also spent time training at Nova União to further diversify his skills with UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. Will Maynard's new camp and training lead to a bullying performance against Guida at UFC on FX 4? Only time will tell.