Current number one UFC lightweight contender Gray “The Bully” Maynard doesn’t have much time to think about the new of the UFC-WEC merger as he will be challenging for the UFC lightweight title this January 1st at UFC 125. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t considered the implications of the merger at all however, as he wrote to Fighters Only via text message his take on the big merger.
“It just solidifies 155 as the best in the world especially in the UFC,” he wrote. “Now its even better. I welcome more competition!”
Maynard will take on current UFC lightweight champ Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, whom he holds a unanimous decision win over, when he challenges for the title. It was announced along with the merger that the winner of that bout will take on the winner of the upcoming WEC Lightweight Championship bout between champ Ben Henderson and challenger Anthony Pettis. When informed of this, all Maynard had to say in reply was simply, “Cool.”
Maynard will be looking to unseat Edgar, who defeated BJ Penn to win the belt and again to defend it for the first time, when they meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on the first of next year.
Henderson and Pettis will be disputing the WEC title at the WEC’s last show under their banner, WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis which will be going down this December 16th at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona.