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When you’ve won six fights in a row in the UFC lightweight division, it’s difficult not to be earmarked as the next title contender.

Gray Maynard knows there are no guarantees, though. The former Michigan State wrestling champion faces Nate Diaz this Monday at UFC Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Va., in a rematch of their early 2007 bout on “The Ultimate Fighter 5.” And the pragmatic lightweight said a win won’t necessarily translate into a title shot against B.J. Penn.

“I don’t really know what (the promotion’s) talking about, but I got to get past Nate,” Maynard told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog” show on Monday. “There’s a lot of guys who are probably like, ‘Yeah, I’m close to a title shot,’ so I’m just one of those guys I guess.” ...Read More...

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Personally I think the fight would be very easily marketted. It would be the first ever Coach vs Student match...and for the title no less. Holy Crap!

Maynard was introduced to MMA when Penn decided to bring him in to help with his wrestling. From there Penn brought Maynard on the show with him. Due to their previous relationship Penn then chose Maynard as his first pick.

How ironic would it be if Penn ends up losing his title to a guy who never would have gotten into MMA (or in the UFC for that matter) if it were not for him?

Post #2   1/4/10 10:54:15PM   

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that would be funny

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except for the fact that BJ wouldn't lose

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I disagree

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Maynard is not on Bj's level yet. He still has a lot to improve before he beats BJ but atleast he will be successful in some of his takedown attempts...

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Remember when Roger Huerta almost subbed this guy? I wonder who's better at jiu jitsu.... Roger Huerta or BJ Penn?

Just wondering you guys....

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Where would Maynard beat him? hands.....No.......Ground sure he MIGHT end up on top (I don't think so) but BJ would sub hm IMO.

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BJ beats Maynard all day long imo. Hard to think of anyone who can dethrone him right now.

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IF Maynard wins but has a tough time with Diaz (IMO) he has no business fighting BJ. I see Diaz as the generic...I mean... over the counter version of BJ. Only because he is a BJJ/Stand up kind of guy. His BJJ is pretty good and I just think if Maynard can't handle Diaz Jiujutsu then BJ will work him bad!

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Posted by bjj1605

Remember when Roger Huerta almost subbed this guy? I wonder who's better at jiu jitsu.... Roger Huerta or BJ Penn?

Just wondering you guys....



I must not have watched the same fight as you. I don't recall Maynard ever being in danger of a sub in that fight.

I remember Huerta's arm being nearly pulled out of its socket by Maynard but nothing the other way around.

That being said I don't think he'd be able to handle BJ on the ground like a Huerta. I'm not even sure he'd be successful with the takedown.

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Maynard probably won't beat BJ, but he is definitely deserving of a shot.

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I belive with Gray having trained with BJ two years before he even started his MMA carreer...combine that with his time on the ultimate fighter w/ BJ as his coach...I think Maynard knows BJ's game better than anybody in the division.

However the knowledge of knowing BJ's game is usless if one can't get on top of him to netralize it...but what do you know...Maynard is also probably the only guy in the division that can take BJ down.

So then, Maynard can take BJ Penn down and also coinicidently enough has more knowledge and experience dealing w/ BJ's ground game than anybody else in the division.

Maynard may not beat BJ...but he has a better chance than anybody else.

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gray will get his shot soon

Post #14   1/5/10 10:22:18PM