It appears Boston is in the running to get the best lightweight talent the UFC has to offer.
The UFC is currently putting UFC 118’s main attractions together, and if things stay on course, the Frankie Edgar vs BJ Penn rematch could go down at Boston’s TD Garden on Aug. 28.
Of course, the UFC couldn’t go to Boston without Kenny Florian, and from the way he’s talking, they won’t be. Earlier today, The Boston Herald reported Florian would be taking on lightweight contender Gray Maynard on the card, but since updated it saying they jumped the gun. However, MMA Junkie’s follow-up report says it’s definitely possible if health issues don’t affect the timing.
Additionally, a No. 1 contender’s match-up between top contenders Kenny Florian (13-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and Gray Maynard (9-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) is expected to serve as the co-main event.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com that while the promotion is far from issuing bout agreements, several of the fighters have agreed in principle to the match-ups.
However, health issues could affect the timing of the proposed fights, sources said. Florian, who today hinted at the match-up in a Boston Herald report, today was released from the hospital after a severe staph infection in his knee.
However it all goes down, it seems Gray Maynard has learned his lesson. Whether he has to go through Kenny Florian to or not, it’s time to start being the squeaky wheel if he expects to get any grease.