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Former UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard dropping to featherweight

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Gray Maynard is searching for an answer to help break out of an ugly four-fight UFC losing skid and get his first victory since June 2012.

It appears he thinks a drop to the featherweight division will be the solution.

A fighter in Maynard’s position faces a crossroads, with the option to hang up his gloves and move on from the sport, or do anything necessary to get back on track. It appears Maynard will do the latter; he stated on Twitter that he plans to get back in the octagon sooner than later, but this time it will be in a new weight class

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Post #1   11/23/15 11:31:35AM   

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Def not a good move by Maynard..he's a bigger LW and a cut down to FW is gonna have him drain or energy..but he'll give us the rope a dope statement about how much better he feels at FW but when fight night comes..it's a wrap..if he faces anyone in the top 10 FW, I'm picking him to lose..hell maybe even top 15 FW

Post #2   11/23/15 1:14:04PM   

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The blueprint to beat Maynard just is not very difficult to imitate an has been out there for a long time...I won't pick m to win against anyone with decent counter wrestling game and decent hands...especially if that person has some decent ko power. I don't care at what weight it is, or what his game plan is...you just can't fix a glass jaw.

Post #3   11/23/15 1:28:02PM   

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9 Dennis Bermudez
10 Nik Lentz
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12 Darren Elkins
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri
14 Clay Guida
15 Thiago Tavares

I just am not sure Maynard can crack to top 10. The division is deep with killers and more diverse strikers than Maynard. I think Guida would be a good starting point since Guida lost pretty quickly to Tavares. But that may be too optimistic of a start for Maynard into this division. Plus, I find it hard to believe he's still with the org. even after dropping 4 in a row.

Post #4   11/23/15 1:37:10PM   

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Yikes. I guess he'll be a decent gatekeeper for the #13plus ranked fighters. A contender he will never be again. He's lost quite a step since the Edgar fights.

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His deterioration has been quite dramatic. Gonna get bludgeoned at FW.

Post #6   11/23/15 2:36:05PM   

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Wouldnt mind him facing diego sanchez or
Thiago tavares

Post #7   11/23/15 2:44:07PM   

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Posted by tildengolfer

C Jose Aldo
1 Conor McGregor (Interim Champion)
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Chad Mendes
4 Ricardo Lamas
5 Max Holloway
6 Cub Swanson
7 Charles Oliveira
8 Jeremy Stephens
9 Dennis Bermudez
10 Nik Lentz
11 Hacran Dias
12 Darren Elkins
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri
14 Clay Guida
15 Thiago Tavares

I just am not sure Maynard can crack to top 10. The division is deep with killers and more diverse strikers than Maynard. I think Guida would be a good starting point since Guida lost pretty quickly to Tavares. But that may be too optimistic of a start for Maynard into this division. Plus, I find it hard to believe he's still with the org. even after dropping 4 in a row.


After the way their first fight went, I don't think anyone is dying to see Maynard vs Guida II. I don't see Gray beating any top ten opponent. His chin is busted beyond repair.

Post #8   11/23/15 3:48:51PM   

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Posted by Auntie_Razor

Yikes. I guess he'll be a decent gatekeeper for the #13plus ranked fighters. A contender he will never be again. He's lost quite a step since the Edgar fights.



...he has a lost a step in his chin.

Post #9   11/23/15 5:54:20PM   

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Posted by nirvana184


Posted by tildengolfer

C Jose Aldo
1 Conor McGregor (Interim Champion)
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Chad Mendes
4 Ricardo Lamas
5 Max Holloway
6 Cub Swanson
7 Charles Oliveira
8 Jeremy Stephens
9 Dennis Bermudez
10 Nik Lentz
11 Hacran Dias
12 Darren Elkins
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri
14 Clay Guida
15 Thiago Tavares

I just am not sure Maynard can crack to top 10. The division is deep with killers and more diverse strikers than Maynard. I think Guida would be a good starting point since Guida lost pretty quickly to Tavares. But that may be too optimistic of a start for Maynard into this division. Plus, I find it hard to believe he's still with the org. even after dropping 4 in a row.


After the way their first fight went, I don't think anyone is dying to see Maynard vs Guida II. I don't see Gray beating any top ten opponent. His chin is busted beyond repair.




Maynard vs Guida was one of the crummiest fights I've ever watched.

The highlight of the fight was when Maynard dropped his hands and provoked Guida to punch him in the face.

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Post #10   11/23/15 7:16:34PM   

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Posted by JLS1980


Posted by nirvana184


Posted by tildengolfer

C Jose Aldo
1 Conor McGregor (Interim Champion)
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Chad Mendes
4 Ricardo Lamas
5 Max Holloway
6 Cub Swanson
7 Charles Oliveira
8 Jeremy Stephens
9 Dennis Bermudez
10 Nik Lentz
11 Hacran Dias
12 Darren Elkins
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri
14 Clay Guida
15 Thiago Tavares

I just am not sure Maynard can crack to top 10. The division is deep with killers and more diverse strikers than Maynard. I think Guida would be a good starting point since Guida lost pretty quickly to Tavares. But that may be too optimistic of a start for Maynard into this division. Plus, I find it hard to believe he's still with the org. even after dropping 4 in a row.


After the way their first fight went, I don't think anyone is dying to see Maynard vs Guida II. I don't see Gray beating any top ten opponent. His chin is busted beyond repair.




Maynard vs Guida was one of the crummiest fights I've ever watched.

The highlight of the fight was when Maynard dropped his hands and provoked Guida to punch him in the face.



True that the first fight was boring an uneventful as fuck but I think the rematch would be much different. The reason it was boring the first fight was mainly guida's tactics going in. Guida hadn't fought like that before the Maynard fight and either after, was a one off shitty gameplan really.

That being said I wouldn't care much if this fight happened one way or the other.

Post #11   11/23/15 8:49:41PM   

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i see Maynard getting KOd a lot at this weight

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Posted by Poor_Franklin

i see Maynard getting KOd a lot at this weight



i see Maynard getting KOd a lot at any weight. Sad but true.

Post #13   11/24/15 3:21:15AM   

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Posted by aussiemma


Posted by JLS1980


Posted by nirvana184


Posted by tildengolfer

C Jose Aldo
1 Conor McGregor (Interim Champion)
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Chad Mendes
4 Ricardo Lamas
5 Max Holloway
6 Cub Swanson
7 Charles Oliveira
8 Jeremy Stephens
9 Dennis Bermudez
10 Nik Lentz
11 Hacran Dias
12 Darren Elkins
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri
14 Clay Guida
15 Thiago Tavares

I just am not sure Maynard can crack to top 10. The division is deep with killers and more diverse strikers than Maynard. I think Guida would be a good starting point since Guida lost pretty quickly to Tavares. But that may be too optimistic of a start for Maynard into this division. Plus, I find it hard to believe he's still with the org. even after dropping 4 in a row.


After the way their first fight went, I don't think anyone is dying to see Maynard vs Guida II. I don't see Gray beating any top ten opponent. His chin is busted beyond repair.




Maynard vs Guida was one of the crummiest fights I've ever watched.

The highlight of the fight was when Maynard dropped his hands and provoked Guida to punch him in the face.



True that the first fight was boring an uneventful as fuck but I think the rematch would be much different. The reason it was boring the first fight was mainly guida's tactics going in. Guida hadn't fought like that before the Maynard fight and either after, was a one off shitty gameplan really.

That being said I wouldn't care much if this fight happened one way or the other.



I'd imagine his brother, in part, had something to do with. My buddy worked with Jason and before they were even announced to fight I had heard Jason say the last fight he wanted for his brother was Gray because of Gray's size. I'm sure he is one of the few fighters Clay didn't feel comfortable shooting on.

but the highlight of the fight was in the locker room after the fight. I thought for sure Jason and Gray were gunna scrap.

Post #14   11/24/15 11:41:13AM