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Coming soon: UFC on Fox 9
UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis might not be on the card -- he was originally scheduled to take on challenger TJ Grant; injuries knocked both out of the event -- but UFC on Fox 9 still boasts a title fight as its headliner. That would be for the flyweight crown, currently held by Demetrious Johnson. The man he beat to earn it? Joseph Benavidez, who just so happens to be Johnson's opponent this week. Will Benavidez get revenge? How will the other fights be decided?
Edgar vs. Henderson
Reigning champion Frankie Edgar will be making his fourth defense of the lightweight title, this time against Ben Henderson.
Jackson vs. Bader
Quinton Jackson has already said of his match with Ryan Bader that he'll try to "knock his head off," so look for this to be an entertaining match.
Kongo vs. Hunt
Veterans Cheick Kongo and Mark Hunt will face off against each other in this heavyweight bout. They're both coming off wins in previous events.
Shields vs. Akiyama
Jake Shields and Yoshihiro Akiyama will look to break losing streaks in this welterweight bout. Shields is coming off a defeat to Jake Ellenberger, while Akiyama lost to Vitor Belfort.
Pettis vs. Lauzon
Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon both won at UFC 136, but only one of them can come away victorious when they face off on Sunday.
Everyone loves trilogies -- Hollywood, the gaming industry, booksellers -- and UFC is no exception. Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will face off for the third time at UFC 136, in a rivalry that saw Maynard beat Edgar once and both fighters fighting each other to a standstill the second time. Edgar's loss to Maynard is the only blemish on his résumé, one that he'll no doubt seek to avenge this weekend. Can he pull it off?
Edgar v. Maynard
Frankie Edgar: 13-1-1
Gray Maynard: 10-0-1