Lightweight champion Frankie
Edgar and Gray
Maynard will finally settle their score on Oct. 8, as the two
will collide for a third time at UFC 136.
Sherdog.com confirmed the pairing with a source close to the bout
after an initial report from MMAFighting.com on Friday. UFC 136
emanates from the Toyota Center in Houston and will also feature a
pivotal middleweight conflict between Brian Stann
Edgar and Maynard (Pictured; file photo) first met in 2008, with
Maynard walking away with a unanimous decision victory. After
suffering that defeat, Edgar went on to win five straight bouts,
wresting the lightweight title from B.J. Penn in
April 2010 and defeating the Hawaiian in the return bout four
Maynard also continued to win after besting Edgar, maintaining his
career unbeaten streak. The 32-year-old was awarded a title shot at
UFC 125, fighting Edgar to a draw in a seesaw main event on New
Year’s Day. Maynard battered Edgar in the first frame, flooring him
numerous times and nearly earning a referee’s stoppage.
However, the resilient champion battled back over the course of the
next four rounds to make the fight extremely competitive. At the
conclusion of the five rounds, two judges were split in their
verdict and one scored the contest even, resulting in a split draw.
Neither fighter has competed since. The two were scheduled to scrap
as the UFC 130 headliner in May, but both men withdrew from the
contest due to injury.