UFC president Dana White recently revealed to MMAFighting.com that the announced rubber match between UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard has been officially scheduled for UFC 130.
After capturing the lightweight belt from MMA legend BJ Penn and then defeating him again in an immediate rematch, Edgar wanted the chance to erase the only loss on his record, which came to Gray Maynard back in 2008. It just so happened that Maynard was poised as the UFC’s top lightweight contender, so the rematch was made.
Many expected the fight to be a measured grind, but it ended up being one of the most exciting title fights in UFC history. Edgar survived a first frame onslaught from Maynard which had the referee threatening to call the bout, only to come back and do what many believed was enough to win the fight; the judges however, scored the bout a draw.
Following the bout, White revealed to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani that Maynard would be awarded an immediate rematch with Edgar, and that the date only pended on how quickly and how well Edgar’s nose healed, as he was handed down a conditional six month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a nasal fracture sustained in the fight.
Edgar has apparently been cleared by the necessary physician and will be allowed to fight before July 1st, as UFC 130 is planned for May 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.