Dana White Justifies Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III

Written by Tom Ngo
January 3rd, 2011

UFC President Dana White

Although Octagon president Dana White didn’t attend the “UFC 125: Resolution” post-fight press conference, it didn’t prevent MMA’s Tony Soprano from calling his shots from afar. After company executive Craig Borsari relayed Anthony Pettis would still get next dibs at Frankie Edgar’s title, White flipped the script an hour later by telling Yahoo! Sports an immediate mulligan would be arranged instead. 

“We changed the plans,” White told MMAjunkie. “After Craig made the announcement, I had a lot of people talking to me, and the reality is, Gray Maynard deserves that fight. We had planned on doing Anthony Pettis next, but Gray went in there and fought his ass off and deserves another chance.

“In the UFC, we do the right thing and the right thing is to put on this rematch.”

Although Pettis’ top contender application was spotlighted by his spectacular “Showtime Kick,” Maynard’s highly controversial loss Saturday was enough to bump the WEC’s last lightweight champ.

Edgar managed to survive a 1stRound assault to go the distance in his third straight championship affair. While 25 action-packed minutes kept fans on the edge of their seats, it wasn’t enough to settle things between the 155-pounders courtesy of an unexpected draw decision that was rendered.

No word on when the two might tango again.

UFC 125 took place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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