As if waiting nearly a month for another MMA event wasn’t bad enough, the light at the end of the tunnel is now a bit dimmer: Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard at UFC 130 is off! Not only is Frankie injured, but so is Gray:
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Edgar had the more serious injury of the two, suffering two broken ribs during training, while Maynard suffered a knee injury.
Pretty crazy coincidence that both guys suffered injuries at the same time, right? Turns out that it wasn’t so much a situation where both fighters called the UFC up at the same time. Edgar bailed, and then Maynard when the UFC tried to switch the fight up:
the UFC contacted Pettis “three or four days ago” with a special request: did he want to take a bout with Gray Maynard in the main event of UFC 130?
Pettis wanted the fight.
“They were going to have me fight Maynard on that card. I said yes to that deal right away. I guess it turns out that it’s not going to happen. I’m back to fighting Guida,” Pettis told HeavyMMA.com. “It sucks that he got injured, because it kinda puts the whole lightweight division back on standstill.”
And it leaves UFC 130 without a main event. Stepping up to fill the void is Rampage Jackson vs Matt Hamill, a fight so meh even Rampage isn’t excited about it. But on the plus side, it sounds like there’s a decent chance Edgar / Maynard might shore up another weak card, UFC 133 in Philly. Let’s hope so, otherwise we’re only going to be getting one title fight between now and UFC Rio at the end of August.