Gray Maynard Signs New Deal With The UFC
Although he is on a three-fight losing skid, the UFC have decided to give former TUF 5 contestant Gray Maynard a new contract to continue competing in the Octagon.
Not only has Maynard lost his last three fights, but he’s also been TKO’d in four of his past five fights as well. Many fans were calling for his retirement after his last loss to Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 47.
But UFC president Dana White made Maynard go get an extensive check-up with doctors, to ensure that he is physically and neurologically fit to continue his fighting career, prior to giving him the new contract.
Here’s what Maynard told MMA Fighting:
“I just got a contract done. I talked to Dana and stuff like that. He wanted me to go do all the MRIs and just kind of get checked out from head to toe. He told me, ‘hey man, you’ve got a life after the sport. You’ve got a daughter’.
He’s cool. He knows my daughter, he knows my girl, and he just wanted to make sure I got looked at head to toe and he said, if you’re clear, let’s talk. So we talked and I got a new deal.”
It’s unclear what direction the UFC is going to go with Maynard. He is not longer ranked in the top 15 of the lightweight division. Other than his stint of TUF 5, Maynard is most known for his trilogy with former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar.
Gray Maynard defeated Frankie Edgar in their first meeting at UFC Fight Night 13 by a unanimous decision. The two men met in the Octagon again at UFC 125, with Edgar having the UFC lightweight title at the time. Maynard and Edgar put on a ‘Fight of the Year’ performance in a hard-fought gritty battle. In the end, Edgar retained his title, as the fight was ruled a draw.
Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar met for the final time at UFC 136. Maynard seemed to be winning the fight in the early stages, until Edgar knocked him out in the fourth-round.