(The losers get a bonus check from the judges’ bookie.)
The UFC will attempt to get some resolution between some of its disgruntled employees in the coming months by setting up two rematches between a quartet of fighters involved in controversial decisions in their last bouts.
According to MMAWeekly, Nam Phan will look to avenge his BS loss to Leonard Garcia at the TUF 12 finale when he locks horns with the Team Jackson fighter at UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle on March 26 and lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar will attempt to successfully defend his title against Gray Maynard for the first time after their New Year’s Day UFC 125 title fight ended in a somewhat controversial majority draw when the pair get a do-over at UFC 130 in Las Vegas.
Phan dominated Garcia through all three rounds of their first meeting on December 4, yet lost by split decision, while Maynard and Edgar’s bout could have gone either way after the champion weathered a first round drubbing by the challenger to pull off the improbable stalemate.
The Garcia-Phan bout has been signed and the Maynard-Edgar bout is contingent on whether or not "The Answer" is healthy in time for the lightweight rubbermatch. The Toms River, New Jersey native, whose only loss came at the hands of Maynard two years ago, suffered a broken nose in their January clash, but says he is aiming at a May return to the Octagon.