Dana White says he changed his mind, Gray Maynard will rematch Frankie EdgarPosted on January 2, 2011, 05:49 AM by Anton Gurevich
White did not appear for the post-fight presser, sending the UFC Vice President Craig Borsari instead. Borsari announced (via Dana White) that Anthony Pettis is still fighting Frankie Edgar for the UFC Lightweight title. But now it looks like there's a change in plans
Here's what Dana White told Yahoo! CageWriter's Kevin Iole:
"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."
The news will upset Anthony Pettis, who will now have to wait at least 6 months before getting a title shot. Also, this means the top ranked UFC Lightweights Jim Miller and George Sotiropoulos are losing their opportunity to fight for the title in 2011, as chances for UFC Lightweight belt to be defended four times this year are close to zero.