Injuries were a hot topic in MMA on Monday. Not only did Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, announce they will start offering all of their athletes free injury insurance, but moments later revealed Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard would immediately put their new healthcare plans to the test.
With such coincidences taking place in such a short period of time, keyboard warriors quickly took to their computers to share their conspiracy theories. Thankfully, the UFC immediately hosted a conference call to try and squash the chatter.
Here’s what we now know:
Edgar vs. Maynard III is postponed, not canceled. Edgar injured his ribs and back, while Maynard hurt his knee and suffered a cut over his left eye.
Each lightweight will be out approximately 6 to 8 weeks. The company is looking to reschedule their appointment in August or September, which hovers around the time the Octagon returns to Philadelphia.
Although the UFC’s new outside-of-the-Octagon insurance plan isn’t supposed to kick off until June 1st, UFC president Dana White stated, “[Edgar and Maynard] will be taken care of.”
There was a report that Maynard’s camp claimed he was still willing to fight despite his wounds. However, White clarified both fighters pulled out.
Anthony Pettis told Heavy he was offered to headline UFC 130 opposite Maynard, which he quickly accepted. “Showtime” thought for days they were fighting on May 28th, but it appears Maynard’s injury won’t allow him to answer the bell.
Mike Chiappetta reported former WEC champ Ben Henderson would have faced Clay Guida at “The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale” if Pettis would have been granted his wish. Henderson defeated Mark Bocek just nine days ago at UFC 129.
Thiago Alves and Rick Story vacated their spot on Spike TV’s “UFC Prelims” show and will appear in the pay-per-view portion of event. Kendall Grove’s match against Tim Boetsch was promoted to air on Spike.
A light heavyweight affair between former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill now headlines the May 28th pay-per-view broadcast.