As expected, a pair of championship affairs will headline the Octagon’s highly anticipated return to Texas. On Thursday evening, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion announced featherweight king Jose Aldo will defend his crown against Kenny Florian and lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will face Gray Maynard for a third time at UFC 136.
“Frankie and Gray had a Fight of the Year candidate the last time they met and I expect nothing different this time around in Houston,” UFC president Dana White said. “Both guys truly believe they won the last fight and the wait for their third fight is over. On October 8th, neither of these guys plans on leaving it to the judges.
“Aldo’s been running through guys at 145-pounds, but Florian is the most experienced guy he’s ever fought. Kenny looked really sharp against Diego Nunes in his last fight and Diego is a guy who trains with Aldo. I think Kenny is out to prove that he can get over the hump and win his first UFC world title.”
In addition to the two title tilts, former middleweight top contender Chael Sonnen hopes to spark another run at the throne when he locks horns with Brian Stann, while heavyweights Dave Herman and Mike Russow will also collide. Plus, a pivotal lightweight bout pits Melvin Guillard against submission specialist Joe Lauzon.
The October 8th show takes place inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Tickets for the event go on sale next Wednesday, August 17th to UFCFightClub members.
Here are the athletes slated to perform in the Longhorn State:
Mike Massenzio vs. Steve Cantwell
Joey Beltran vs. Stipe Miocic
Nick Catone vs. Aaron Simpson
Matt Grice vs Josh Grispi
Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow
Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago
Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon
Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann
Kenny Florian vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)
Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)