Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard were both forced to pull out of this Saturday’s UFC 130 card due to injuries suffered in their respective training camps. The two were to contest Edgar’s lightweight championship title in a rubber match. Edgar had injured his back, while Maynard injured his knee.
Maynard recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the knee injury, and has begun the recovery and rehabilitation process in order to return to action quickly and in full health.
As for Edgar, his status remains unknown, although UFC President Dana White revealed that the rubber match between Edgar and Maynard could be made in as little as eight weeks.
“We are playing that one by ear, when Frankie and Gray get healthy we will make that fight as soon as possible” said White at yesterday’s UFC 130 pre-fight press conference. “Hopefully they are both healed in eight weeks and we can do it.”
Maynard and Edgar have met twice before, with the first bout ending in a unanimous decision in Maynard’s favor.
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.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.