Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard rematch could be re-booked for August or September UFC pay-per-view

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard won't be out for an extended period of time, according to UFC President Dana White.

After news broke that Edgar and Maynard both dropped out of this month's UFC 130 event with injuries, White revealed during a media conference call that both fighters will only be out six to eight weeks and their rematch may be ready to go by this August or September.

The loss of that fight leaves UFC 130 with a light heavyweight bout between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Matt Hamill as the headliner for the May 28 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In addition, a welterweight bout between Thiago Alves and Rick Story has been bumped up from the Spike TV Prelims to the pay-per-view broadcast.

If both fighters are able to go by early August, they could step into the main event at UFC 133 in Philadelphia. If it gets pushed back into September, it's likely to headline UFC 135 in Denver at the end of the month.

Penick's Analysis: If they can return early in August it would be a great headliner for 133 with Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes a possible co-main event. The good news is they're both likely out the same amount of time so they can put the fight together and keep the narrative in line in the lightweight division. It means Anthony Pettis is once again getting his promised fight delayed, but he simply needs to concentrate on doing what he can do, and that's going out and keeping himself in line with a win over Clay Guida next month. So while he may have to take a longer layoff between fights, he'd still be in line for the fight with a win.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_9287.shtml

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