The growing rivalry between UFC lightweight stars Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will see its next chapter at UFC 130 in May, when the two square off for the third time.
UFC president Dana White confirmed to MMA Fighting that the lightweight championship bout would take place on May 28 in Las Vegas.
Less than two weeks ago, the two fought to a split draw at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the same venue that is likely to house them in May. During that bout, the champion Edgar overcame a nightmare 10-8 first round before gamely battling his way back to a stalemate on the judges’ scorecards.
Both fighters left the cage thinking they’d won, but one judge scored it for Edgar 48-46, one scored it for Maynard 48-46, and the third scored a 47-47 draw. The split draw allowed Edgar to retain the belt, but left him with a feeling of dissatisfaction, and on Thursday he told MMA Fighting he preferred a rematch with Maynard over a possible match with WEC champion Anthony Pettis.
“I’m looking forward to the rematch,” he said. “I don’t want to walk away with anything that’s undecisive. A draw is up in the air. It’s unfinished business.”
Edgar sustained a minor ankle injury and a broken nose in the fight, but said he’d be ready to go whenever the UFC wants him.
“I busted my nose some, but I bust my nose all the time so I’m not too worried,” he said.
Maynard walked away from the fight without any serious injuries.
In their first fight in April 2008, Maynard earned a unanimous decision over Edgar, but Edgar eventually leapfrogged him in the rankings and captured the belt from the legendary BJ Penn at UFC 112 in April 2010.