New Jersey native Frankie Edgar will not be heading to Las Vegas at the end of the month to defend his title, and neither will his challenger!
The UFC website broke the news yesterday that UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard both suffered injuries during their training camps, and will not be able to meet at UFC 130 on May 28th. Taking their place in the spotlight will be the light-heavyweight bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill. According to an additional report from Heavy.com, it was the champion who withdrew first, while Maynard was offered to fight former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in his place. The fight was supposedly on until Maynard injured himself, and now Pettis is back to his scheduled fight against Clay Guida at TUF 13 finale in a few weeks.
Frankie Edgar suffered from broken ribs, while Maynard suffered a knee injury. No word on if the UFC will be helping these two fighters out with their insurance issues since Zuffa’s coverage policy does not kick in until the start of June. The two lightweights will be out of action for 6-8 weeks, so there is a strong possibility that the rematch will happen sooner than later in the early Fall. I say make it a triple threat match by throwing Pettis in there, this way we can really see who the real champ is!