May 28th’s UFC 130 event suffered a major blow today when the headline title fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard was canceled.
Both fighters are believed to have suffered injuries, leaving the promotion with no choice but to scrap the bout entirely. In a conference call earlier today Dana White revealed that Edgar has back and rib injuries, while Maynard has a problem with his knee.
With less than three weeks left until fight night there’s no chance of finding a new high profile headliner, and so the co-main event between Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Matt Hamill will now take top billing on the card.
The good news is that the rest of the UFC 130 fight card is strong enough to absorb this blow, with Thiago Alves Vs Ricky Story, which was already raising eyebrows for only being featured in the prelims, now being moved up to the main card alongside other quality bouts such as Frank Mir Vs Roy Nelson.
Still, the loss of a title fight is always a blow, and leaves the top end of the lightweight division in limbo until the Edgar Vs Maynard rematch can be rearranged for some time in the future. Only last week the UFC had announced plans to air an ‘In The Moment: Frankie Edgar’ special on Spike TV during fight week, something that will also now have to be scrapped.