New Year’s Day will bring the start of 2011. It will also be the day that UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar next defends his belt. He will face number one contender Gray Maynard on Jan. 1 in the main event of UFC 125.
Sources close to the negotiations stated that the 155-pounders have agreed to meet on New Year’s Day, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday. The date of the bout was originally reported by MMAFighting.com.
The two competitors have met before as Maynard handed Edgar the only loss of his professional MMA career. In 2008, Maynard was able to outwork Edgar to get the nod by unanimous decision. He’ll see if he can go two for two when he gets the rematch with the UFC lightweight belt on the line this time.
Edgar has gone undefeated racking up five wins in a row since they first met, including back-to-back victories over former UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn.
For his part, Maynard has yet to actually taste defeat in his career, and just recently won a decision over Kenny Florian at UFC 118 to earn the title shot.
The bout between Edgar and Maynard is set to headline the Jan. 1 card, which all but locks up that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s next title defense, against Vitor Belfort, will likely take place during the UFC’s annual Super Bowl weekend card.
Silva’s ribs are still healing after his fight against Chael Sonnen, and his manager Ed Soares told MMAWeekly.com prior to UFC 119 that the Brazilian wanted to make sure he was healthy before stepping back into another fight.