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Sunday, April 3, 2011

White changes script: Edgar-Maynard 3 comes before Pettis gets his shot

At WEC 53, Anthony Pettis, a winner over WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson, was guaranteed the next fight against the winner of Frank Edgar and Gray Maynard. There were two problems after Edgar and Maynard fought to a draw at UFC 125 earlier this evening - there was no winner and Dana White didn't have the heart to tell Maynard he wouldn't be getting an immediate rematch. 
"I hate to talk about what we're going to do with future fights at a press conference when a card has just ended," White told Yahoo!'s Kevin Iole.
"I had the whole Pettis thing with the belt on my mind and so I said, 'Yeah, Pettis gets the next shot.' But then when I thought about it more, how can I in good conscience not give that shot to Gray Maynard? It's a no-brainer. He came in there and he fought his ass off and he deserves that rematch. That was a great fight and they deserve to do it again."
Shortly after the decision was announced, some MMA bloggers were dismayed after seeing a tweet @UFCthat Pettis was getting his fight against Edgar over a immediate rematch.
It's a rough break for Pettis, who pulled off one of the nicest kicks in MMA history to seal his win in the fifth round against Henderson. 
The three judges were split on the decision. Glenn Trowbridge gave it 48-46 to Frank Edgar, Marcos Rosales had it 48-46 for Maynard while Patricia Morse-Jarman scored the fight a draw. White said he also scored it a draw.

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