Lightweight champion Frank Edgar will finally have a chance to find out if the old adage saying the third time’s a charm is true when he faces top contender Gray Maynard in heading action at UFC 136 on October 8 in Houston. The title-defense will mark the first for “The Answer” since gutting his way to a draw against Maynard on New Year’s Day at UFC 125 and marks the conclusion of a series between the two resulting in the only two blemishes on Edgar’s otherwise perfect record.
The UFC spread word of the main event match-up earlier today through their Twitter account confirming both 155ers had fully recovered from the injury issues preventing their previously scheduled fight at UFC 130.
Edgar was viciously dropped early on the last time he tangled with Maynard but regained his composure to even up the scorecards at the end of their five-round war in January. However, while not a loss, the outing put an end to a winning streak including success against Sean Sherk and a pair of victories over B.J. Penn. It also involved the second time Maynard ended an impressive run for Edgar.
The undefeated Xtreme Couture original handed the current champ the first and only loss of his career after outpointing Edgar in 2008 at Fight Night 13 through his trademark style of grinding opponents down. Maynard boasts an overall record of 10-0-1 with eight wins in the Octagon, as well as other winning performances against a number of respected peers like Roger Huerta, Nate Diaz, Jim Miller, and Ken Florian.
Today’s news caps off a busy stretch for UFC matchmaker Joe Silva in relation to UFC 136 with a handful of other fights also recently announced including hot heavyweights Dave Herman and Mike Russow squaring off at the show, as well as submission specialist Demian Maia dueling well-rounded adversary Jorge Santiago and rising contender Brian Stann against recent title-challenger Chael Sonnen in 185-pound action.
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