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Gray Maynard aiming to return as a featherweight sometime in March

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After beginning his career 10-0 and coming within mere seconds of a UFC title, Gray Maynard has had a rough few years. Not only has he lost his last four fights — three of them coming via TKO — but he’s gone 1-5 since fighting Frankie Edgar to a draw in one of the UFC’s best fights of all time.

On January 1, it will mark the five-year anniversary of the night that Maynard had Edgar on the ropes during a first-round onslaught at UFC 125. Who could have known his career would take the turn that it did at the time. Maynard lost the trilogy fight 10 months later, and has been looking for his footing ever since, bouncing from camp to camp before fights.

Now 36, Maynard is back home in Las Vegas, once again training at Xtreme Couture. And though he’s heard the cries for retirement, he’s gearing up for one more run. Only this time, the once massive lightweight is now en-route to a different weight class. Maynard says he wants to next appear as a featherweight, which might come as a surprise to some.

“The last year-and-a-half my weight’s been pretty low,” he told MMA Fighting. “It’s been easy to make weight. I know there were a lot of rumors throughout my career that it was hard for me to get down. It never really was hard. I just let the rumors go. It was never to the point where I had to diet all camp. It was more that I had to diet and cut down the last two weeks before a fight. It’s always hard to make weight the last day. But it wasn’t an eight-week process.

Maynard, who last appeared in the Octagon against Alexander Yakovlev at UFC Fight ….View full article

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