Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar at UFC 125

Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar at UFC 125

With less than three weeks to fight time, UFC 130 had the Octagon pulled out from under it. The main event lightweight title bout between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard has been scrapped.

The original co-main event between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill will move into the headliner roll, while Frank Mir and Roy Nelson will become the co-main event.

Both Edgar and Maynard, according to UFC president Dana White and multiple MMAWeekly.com sources, are injured and had to withdraw.

“(The injuries) are not that serious. They’re going to be out like six to eight weeks,” White commented on Monday. “So if everything goes right and they heal the same, who knows, maybe we can do this fight in August or September.”

The coincidental injuries at rough the same time puts the lightweight title picture on hold, although White alluded to the scenario that Maynard would have remained on the card had he not suffered an injury.

“It’s a little weird that both these guys got hurt at the same time. Had they not, we would have tried to get Gray a fight on this card, but he’s hurt too.”

In fact, one scenario that was being explored was a possible fight between Maynard and Anthony Pettis. That was of course before the determination that Maynard would not fight on the card.

Had it happened, Maynard and Pettis would have headlined UFC 130, and former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson would step in for Pettis to face Clay Guida at “The Ultimate Fighter” finale on June 4.

All of that is moot, however, as the promotion will wait for Edgar and Maynard to heal up and reschedule them in early autumn.

Got something to say? Weigh in with a thought of your own in the comments section below.

Ken Pishna is the managing editor of MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
@KenPishna on Twitter or e-mail Ken a question or comment.

Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Miesha Tate Helps Injured 6-Year-Old Down Mountain Hiking Trail

  • 23 days ago
  • 18 views

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate probably didn’t expect to become a hero to a six-year-old girl and her family over Labor Day weekend, but that is exactly what happened. According read news >>

Gian Villante Injured, Off UFC New York Fight Card | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 5 views

Gian Villante has been forced off of the UFC 205 fight card due to injury. read news >>

Dana White's 'Conor McGregor Injured' Report in Doubt | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 121 views

Is he injured or isn't he? Shortly after a UFC Tonight report that Conor McGregor was injured and not likely to fight in New York, negating reports surfaced. read news >>

Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens, Several Other Bouts Revealed for UFC 205 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 36 views

UFC president Dana White confirmed on Wednesday a host of bouts for the promotion's UFC 205 fight card in New York. read news >>

Louis Smolka mocked injured Sergio Pettis and his 'hurt vagina' – and it blew up in his face

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 views

Frustrated after losing his opponent for next week’s UFC Fight Night 96 event, Louis Smolka posted a video talking about Sergio Pettis’ “hurt vagina” and offering him a box of tampons. Things quickly read news >>

Frankie Edgar responds to Jose Aldo's retirement talk: 'Life isn't fair'

  • 12 hours ago
  • 81 views

Frankie Edgar is sympathizing with his former foe Jose AldoIt seems Jose Aldo has been on the forefront of everyone's mind in the mixed martial arts community. After all, the current UFC interim read news >>

Frankie Edgar: Fighting in Madison Square Garden is a Life-Long Dream (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 3 hours ago
  • 3 views

Former UFC lightweight champion and New Jersey native Frankie Edgar explains how much fighting in Madison Square Garden at UFC 205 means to him. read news >>