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A Last Roll of the Dice for Gray Maynard at Featherweight

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By the time Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fought for the second time, ‘The Bully’ was considered the uncrowned UFC lightweight champion by a staggering amount of people.

Having gone unbeaten in nine tests in the Octagon, seeing off the likes of Nate Diaz, Roger Huerta, Kenny Florian and Edgar on the way to gaining title contention, Edgar’s second title defense proved to be the epic encounter that people had been hoping for.

Maynard buckled his rival on two occasions in the first round of the bout, but in the end, Edgar managed to rally back to claim a draw to keep his title. When they met for the third time, Maynard proved that wobbling Edgar has been no accident the as the champion had to showcase his durability against another early onslaught from ‘The Bully’. The Tom’s River man brought finality to their third meeting with a knockout of Maynard, but nobody imagined the downfall that would follow for the former NCAA Division 1 wrestler.

‘The Bully’ claimed his last Octagon win nearly four years ago when he took a split decision win over Clay Guida in Atlantic City in June 2012. In his four fights since, he has been beaten solidly, with only one loss not coming by stoppage—his last outing from April 2015 against Alexander Yakovlev.

Yesterday, it was announced that Maynard is set to make his featherweight debut at international fight week when he faces Fernando Bruno on July 8 at The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Interestingly, Bruno fights out of one of the gyms that Maynard trained in during his downfall from the great heights of championship contention, Nova Uniao.

Given his record and his age, 37, Maynard will almost definitely be shown the door by UFC if he goes 0-5 in his last five fights.

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Source:: fightland.vice.com