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.
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