There was welcome news for the UFC’s lightweight division today as No.1 contender Gray Maynard was cleared to begin training again following an injured knee.
That means that a long-awaited third fight with current champion Frankie Edgar can finally take place in the coming months.
So far there’s no exact date set for the showdown, but Maynard has pointed to UFC 136 in October as a likely landing spot.
“[UFC 136 in] Houston makes sense, but I don’t know if that’s what the UFC wants,” Maynard told MMAJunkie today. “I just wait until I get the contract.”
‘The Bully’ is correct in that assumption. So far only Chael Sonnen Vs Brian Stann, a potential co-main event, is definite for the event in Texas so the title fight would comfortably move into the headline spot.
It’s a relief to hear that this fight is finally on course again as the top of the 155lb division has now essentially been in limbo since their previous encounter at UFC 125 in January which turned out to be a potential ‘Fight Of The Year’ candidate and was so close that it ended in a ‘split draw’ decision.
With Jim Miller, who’s currently on a seven-fight winning streak at lightweight, fighting former WEC champion Ben Henderson at UFC On Versus 5 in mid-August, a victory there may well see him installed as the favorite to take on the winner of Edgar Vs Maynard in late 2011 / early 2012.