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Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 3 (not Anthony Pettis) next up for lightweight champion




"I hate to talk about what we're going to do with future fights at a press conference when a card has just ended. I had the whole Pettis thing with the belt on my mind and so I said, 'Yeah, Pettis gets the next shot.' But then when I thought about it more, how can I in good conscience not give that shot to Gray Maynard? It's a no-brainer. He came in there and he fought his ass off and he deserves that rematch. That was a great fight and they deserve to do it again."

UFC President Dana White flips the script after last night's lightweight fight between division champion Frank Edgar and undefeated number one contender Gray Maynard. After enduring a brutal beating in the first round, Edgar somehow rebounded to battle "The Bully" to an unsatisfying draw after five rounds. It was a fantastic fight, which was a rematch that looked nothing like their original encounter back in 2008 that Maynard won convincingly with superior wrestling and raw power. He came about as close as anyone could to finding "The Answer" to finishing Edgar. And perhaps that's the reason while he'll get a third chance to try it again before WEC 155-pound champion Anthony Pettis gets his first opportunity. "Showtime" was sitting ringside, spying into the Octagon to see who he would challenge for the belt in his first-ever UFC fight. He'll now have to wait a few more months and possibly even elect to take a fight to stay active. That's because Edgar and Maynard have some unfinished business to take care of ... pronto. Boo-hiss or hip-hip-hooray?

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