The long-awaited third fight between UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard finally has a date, as both Edgar and Maynard have agreed for the matchup to take place at UFC 136 in Houston, Texas on October 8th.
Edgar was cleared to begin full training earlier this month, with Maynard’s clearance following not long after.
The two have squared off twice before. Maynard remains the only fighter to ever defeat Edgar, having done so at UFC Fight Night 13 in April 2008. The two fought to a draw in the rematch at UFC 125 in January. Following the draw, UFC President Dana White initially announced there would not be an immediate rematch, but changed his mind the following day.
The matchup was expected to take place at UFC 130 in May, but both fighters had to withdraw from the event, with Edgar citing back issues and Maynard undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
This fight is anticipated not only as a follow-up to the “Fight of the Year” contender at UFC 125, but also to finally clear up the hold on the lightweight division, as only three different fighters (Edgar, BJ Penn, Maynard) have challenged for the belt in the last two years.
UFC 136 has quickly filled in the last week, with most notable addition being the return of Chael Sonnen against Brian Stann. The middleweight division will also be featured in a bout pitting Demian Maia against Jorge Santiago, while Mike Russow vs. Dave Herman and Josh Grispi vs. Matt Grice were also recently announced.
A featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian co-headlines the event.
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