Number one UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the knee injury which forced him out of a planned title fight against champ Frankie Edgar and FightersOnly.com is reporting that the procedure was successful.
The 32-year-old Las Vegas-stationed fighter will now begin the recovery and rehabilitation process in order to return to action quickly and in full health.
Maynard was scheduled to face Edgar in a rubber match — the first two times that the pair met resulted in a decision victory for Maynard and then a draw — but decided to withdraw from the fight in order to repair a knee injury after Edgar was first forced to withdraw from the fight with bulging discs in his back.
Their first meeting came in 2008 and saw Maynard dominate an opponent whom had no answer for his size and wrestling ability. Almost three years later, Maynard and Edgar met again, this time after Edgar had defeated BJ Penn to earn the lightweight title. After an intensely entertaining first frame which saw Edgar battered and staggering all over the ring, “The Answer” mounted a comeback and put Maynard on his heels with his usual hummingbird offense. The two battled back and forth for the remainder of the five-round fight and the judges eventually ruled the bout a draw.
The two were to meet again in the main event of UFC 130, which is going down this Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. With their absence, a light heavyweight match up between former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and The Ultimate Fighter 3 alum Matt Hamill has been bumped up to the main event.