The UFC officially announced the co-main events for UFC 125 on January 1st on today’s episode of UFC Ultimate Insider. Frankie Edgar will defend the UFC lightweight championship against top contender Gray Maynard, while Shane Carwin will face Roy Nelson in a heavyweight clash.
“I will be fighting Roy Nelson on 1-1-11 in Las Vegas Nevada,” Carwin wrote today. “The fight will be the C0-Main Event of the Edgar Maynard rematch.
“I think Roy is a tough opponent for anyone. He has been in several main event situations and has fought a lot of veterans in the sport. I am honored to be fighting again and feel like Roy is a worth opponent… My goal for the fight is to be exciting and go home with the win. I have a lot to prove as does Roy so this should make for a great fight.”
Nelson and Carwin are both coming off of losses, with “Big Country” having posted a unanimous decision defeat to dos Santos and Carwin having been submitted in the second round of a June title fight against UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The two heavyweight fighters managed to cultivate a rivalry after going back-and-forth with insults fired off through their Twitter accounts.
Tom’s River, New Jersey native Frankie Edgar shocked the world when he defeated former lightweight kingpin BJ “The Prodigy” Penn back in April at UFC 112 to capture the lightweight belt. He was an underdog heading into that fight and many wrote off his victory as the result of a poor judges’ decision and a bad night for “The Prodigy.” Edgar left no doubt in anyone’s mind when he took on Penn in a rematch of that bout last August at UFC 118 and dominated “The Prodigy” over five rounds en route to a unanimous decision win. Edgar will now look to erase the only loss on his record against Maynard.
Xtreme Couture-trained Gray “The Bully” Maynard has remained undefeated in ten professional fights, with all but two coming under the UFC banner (footnote: Maynard has a No Contest on his record stemming from a UFC bout with Robert Emerson in which he slammed Emerson to the mat, forcing Emerson to tap out from a rib injury while simultaneously knocking himself unconscious). Maynard holds notable wins over Dennis Siver (unanimous decision), Jim Miller (unanimous decision), Roger Huerta (split decision), Nate Diaz (split decision), Edgar (unanimous decision), and most recently, Kenny Florian (unanimous decision).
UFC 125 will take place on January 1st from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.