UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will meet in the main event of UFC 136 this weekend to resolve their three-fight series; the two scrapped it out to a draw on New Year’s Day this year in a rematch, and haven’t concluded their dance yet as a result of injuries.
While those two have been on the sidelines or preparing for their fight, the lightweight division has been moving on. Fighters like Clay Guida, Ben Henderson, and Melvin Guillard have emerged as potential contenders, Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez appears soon to join the fray and there are plenty of talented fighters only one or two impressive showings away from cementing themselves as contenders.
As such, UFC president Dana White is eager to see the dust settle from Edgar-Maynard 3 so that the situation at the top of the lightweight division can finally shake out.
“Nothing sucks worse than a draw, I hate it. It’s finally here, we can get this fight behind us and get some of these fights going on in the fifty-pound division, too,” said White. “Like you said, it’s stacked, there’s tons of talent waiting for a title shot, more talent coming and we’ll get it going here after Saturday.”
If Edgar wins though, the tally for the series will be 1-1-1, meaning that a best-of-five series would be fitting – but don’t look for Dana White to push for that anytime soon. If that situation pans out?
“(We’ll) put it behind us. Move on,” he said. “This division is stacked with tons of talent. There’s a lot of good fights to make at 155. This whole draw has been a logjam in the fifty-five pound division and I’m sure both of these guys will wanna move on and get back to business.”