View Full Version : Change of plans, Edgar-Maynard rematch ordered.

01-02-2011, 09:47 AM
Im glad of this....cant help but feel sorry for Pettis though :laugh:


Less than two hours after UFC executive Craig Borsari informed the media at UFC 125's post-event press conference that Anthony Pettis would get the next crack at the UFC's lightweight belt, UFC president Dana White had a change of heart.

White informed MMAjunkie.com that the promotion will instead book Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III as soon as possible.

"We changed the plans," White told MMAjunkie.com. "After Craig made the announcement, I had a lot of people talking to me, and the reality is, Gray Maynard deserves that fight. We had planned on doing Anthony Pettis next, but Gray went in there and fought his ass off and deserves another chance.

"In the UFC, we do the right thing, and the right thing is to put on this rematch."

White first discussed the change of plans with Yahoo! Sports.

Maynard was absolutely dejected at the evening's post-event press conference, and his outlook worsened at Borsari's announcement.

"I worked my ass for this," Maynard said. "I guess it kind of hurts."

Edgar was nearly knocked out in the opening round of the main-event bout, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. After losing the round 10-8 on all three judges' scorecards, Edgar battled valiantly back for the remaining four frames.

The final four rounds were closely contested, and the fight was scored 48-46 Edgar, 48-46 Maynard, and 47-47, resulting in a draw. Because of the draw, Edgar retained his title.

After being informed that he would face Pettis next, even Edgar admitted he would prefer a third bout with Maynard, who handed the lightweight champion his only career loss back in 2008.

"I probably would (prefer to have a rematch with Maynard)," Edgar said. "To have a little more closure would be nice."

As for Pettis' next move, White said he's currently unsure. However, the UFC boss insisted he would figure it out as quickly as possible.

The McRib
01-02-2011, 06:04 PM
Damn, kind of wanted to see the Pettis fight but this makes sense.

Substance Abuse
01-02-2011, 08:17 PM
While Pettis not getting the next shot at the belt might result in a derailment - like Grispi against Porier - it's only logical this fight happens again. Despite the apprehension of many about the excitement of a potential Maynard/Edgar bout, it was incredibly entertaining. It was a draw in my mind. I have no issues with an immediate rematch and in the post fight presser Edgar said he wanted more 'closure' and I believe he would be much more compelled to take another fight with Gray than the unification bout with 'Showtime'.

01-02-2011, 09:25 PM
Rematch clearly makes sense.

01-03-2011, 02:01 AM
They told Pettis he would get a title shot next. The UFC should honor their word and give it to him. They should let Maynard fight Jim Miller for the #1 contender match instead of giving Gray an immediate rematch.

Kenny Powers
01-03-2011, 06:41 PM
While I agree he should get another shot at it, I think he should have to wait until after the unification fight