Dana White and Gray Maynard To Discuss Fighter's Future

Published on August 17th, 2014 6:21 pm EST

Gray Maynard, who came tantalizingly close to winning the UFC's Lightweight title on two different occasions, is now at an important crossroads in his career.

"The Bully" took part in UFC Fight Night: Bader vs St. Preux last night and lost to Ross Pearson via second round knockout. The first round went well for Maynard, but he was caught in the second round and knocked out for the fourth time in his last five fights.

Prior to his tilt against Pearson, Maynard underwent a battery of different tests to prove that he was still healthy enough to compete. The doctors gave him the OK and Maynard stepped into the Octagon against Ross Pearson. The prognosis might have been good from the doctors, but that didn't change the outcome of the fight, as Maynard was stopped yet again.

This puts Maynard and the UFC in a precarious position, as Maynard has now dropped 4 out of his last 5 fights, and all 4 have been knockout losses. In most cases, Maynard would likely be out the door, especially given the fact that he is in the upper half of the UFC's pay scale. However, UFC President Dana White stated that he would not be looking to chase Maynard out of the promotion, though he would be sitting down and talking to the 35 year-old fighter about the current state of his career.

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Maynard's recent downturn must be especially frustrating given how close he was to winning the title on two different occasions. UFC 125 saw Edgar and Maynard battle to a draw - Maynard very nearly finished Edgar in the first round of the fight, and many people believe that Maynard did enough to win the fight. The two battled again at UFC 136, with Edgar winning via fourth round knockout after withstanding another early barrage from Maynard.

Following those two tilts, Maynard won a strange contest against Clay Guida (Guida refused to engage) and then dropped three fights in a row (TJ Grant, Nate Diaz, Ross Pearson).

It appears likely as though Maynard will attempt to continue his career in the UFC, though he will probably be given a very tight leash by the promotion. I would guess that Dana White will give Maynard an ultimatum - if you don't win your next fight, you are gone.


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