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Frankie Edgar Cleared to Fight, Gray Maynard Awaits Clearance for UFC Rematch

Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard UFC 125 weigh inUFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is now reduced to doing the same thing fans have been doing for months- waiting.

Edgar has been cleared to fight this fall, but his scheduled opponent, Gray Maynard, has not. Both Edgar and Maynard withdrew from their scheduled rematch at UFC 130 in May. Edgar pulled out due to a lingering back injury, while Maynard withdrew due to arthroscopic knee surgery. While their fight has yet to be scheduled, expectations are the fight will take place in October at UFC 136, which has only one reported fight, Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann.

Edgar and Maynard have already fought twice previously, with the first going Maynard’s way via unanimous decision in April of 2008. The pair fought to a draw in January of this year at UFC 125, which led to the decision to have an immediate rematch at UFC 130.

Since that draw and the eventual delay of their third fight, the lightweight division has been stuck in a standstill with contenders like Jim Miller, Melvin Guillard, and Clay Guida waiting until Edgar and Maynard complete their trilogy of fights.

Edgar has only one career loss, the aforementioned match against Maynard. He was surprisingly chosen over Maynard as the challenger to take on B.J. Penn for the lightweight belt last April, as Maynard was already sporting a seven fight win streak along with that win over Edgar. Edgar went on to win the belt in one of the upsets of the year in MMA with a unanimous decision over Penn at UFC 112. He defended his belt against Penn in their rematch at UFC 118. At that same event, Maynard would defeat Kenny Florian to earn the right to be the next to challenge for the belt.

While Edgar’s camp announced that Edgar is fully recovered from his back issues, Maynard’s camp has stated that while Maynard is close, he has not been given full clearance in order to train. Until the doctors clear Maynard for full contact training, Edgar and the rest of the lightweight division will continue to resort to full contact waiting.

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