The UFC 130 main-event has officially been canceled. Reports broke earlier today confirming that Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III is off due to injuries suffered by both fighters. Rampage Jackson vs. Matt Hamill will now take the top spot as the UFC 130 main event.
[adinserter block=”2″]The UFC lightweight championship rematch was scheduled to headline UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard III. The cancelation comes just a few weeks before the scheduled event, giving the UFC no time for a replacement. Edgar vs. Maynard becomes the second UFC championship match this year bit by the injury bug just weeks before the scheduled event.
It would appear that the UFC would move former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson’s fight into the main-event spot. Jackson vs. Matt Hamill now likely takes the top spot. Ironically that match also comes as a result of some bad luck as Jackson’s original opponent Thiago Silva was suspended after being popped on a drug test.
Jackson vs. Hamill will be supported by a heavyweight collision featuring Roy Nelson vs. Frank Mir underneath. Neither fight is a particularly strong headliner so I wouldn’t expect big business coming out of UFC 130 following the successful UFC 129. The current UFC 130 card with Hamill vs. Jackson and Nelson vs. Mir is a far cry from the original lineup of Maynard vs. Edgar and Jackson vs. Silva.
According to Mike Chiapetta’s report on MMAFighting.com, both fighters have suffered injuries in training in recent weeks. Frankie Edgar reportedly suffered two broken ribs in training while the challenger suffered a knee injury serious enough to take him off of the card.
As a fight fan I am disappointed, although nobody is to blame. The UFC lightweight championship rematch comes after a controversial fight between the two back in January at UFC 125. The judges ruled the fight a draw after some of the most exciting rounds you will ever see in the UFC. Gray Maynard lost a unanimous decision to Edgar in their first fight back in 2008 on a UFC Fight Night.
[adinserter block=”1″]There is no timetable for the return of either fighter. If the timing works out, this would be a fantastic main-event for the UFC 133 Philadelphia event. The planned headliner between Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans for the UFC light heavyweight title was canceled due to an injury to the champion. Evans vs. Phil Davis now headlines the show which is much weaker on paper without the champion. Adding Maynard vs. Edgar III to the Philly event makes a ton of sense, yet it all depends on the availability of the guys coming off injury.
This also pushes back any hopes of getting a Strikeforce vs. UFC lightweight champions fight in the mix before the end of the year. Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez recently called out Frankie Edgar and there has been a bit of a buzz about a possible match before the end of the year. Depending upon Edgar’s recovery from the broken ribs and his status coming out of the eventual Maynard fight, any talk of a Melendez vs. UFC champion fight would probably have to wait until early 2012.
Heavy.com reports that Anthony Pettis was all set to take Frankie Edgar’s place and fight Maynard. Pettis told the website,”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.” Once Maynard injured his knee the fight with Pettis was scrapped. Pettis was scheduled to fight the winner of Edgar and Maynard’s UFC 125 fight.
Update: The UFC told reporters on a conference call that the fighters would be sidelined 6-8 weeks. Dana White said that the fight could be rebooked for August or September.
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