Frankie Edgar. Photo courtesy of Complex Magazine.
The long-awaited conclusion of the trilogy between UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and top contender Gray Maynard as well as what may be Jose Aldo's toughest test to date at featherweight in a title defense against former two-time 155 lb. title challenger Kenny Florian will headline the UFC's first-ever trip to Houston, Texas on October 8.
The UFC officially announced the pair of title fights this afternoon. UFC 136, which will emanate from the Toyota Center and feature a pre-event UFC Fan Expo, is also slated to feature Chael Sonnen's return to action against Brian Stann as well as Melvin Guillard looking for his sixth straight win against Joe Lauzon.
Edgar and Maynard will spar in a rematch of their back-and-forth battle at UFC 125 in January, which featured a dominating first round performance by Maynard and a come-from-behind run for the ages from Edgar, which ultimately resulted in a majority draw.
The two were scheduled to meet in the main event of UFC 130 in May, but both were forced to withdraw due to injuries suffered in their respective training camps.
Fresh off of a hard-fought win over Mark Hominick, Aldo will face Florian, who was victorious in his featherweight debut in June, out-grappling top prospect Diego Nunes en route to a unanimous decision win.