Maynard Would Vault Himself Into Title Picture With Win Over Nate Diaz

Published on November 28th, 2013 4:10 pm EST

Gray Maynard came agonizingly close to winning the Lightweight title in January of 2011, and he is still looking at his shot at redemption.

In the main event of UFC 125, Maynard had Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar on the ropes. Maynard knocked Edgar down three times in the first round of their fight, and was seemingly in control of the bout. However, Edgar was able to mount a furious comeback, and the fight ended in a draw.

10 months later, in the main event of UFC 136, Edgar and Maynard squared off yet again, with Edgar winning via fourth round knockout. Maynard, who had been so close to winning the title, was now going to have to work his way back into the title picture.

Since his second fight against Frankie Edgar, Maynard has gone 1-1. The win came against Clay Guida, while the loss was a first round knockout loss to TJ Grant at UFC 160. This was another tough pill to swallow for Maynard, as his fight against Grant was a Lightweight title eliminator bout.


Maynard has a chance of vaulting himself into the Lightweight title picture once again when he squares off against Nate Diaz this Saturday in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale in Las Vegas.

This will be the rubber match between the two men, as Maynard won a split decision a few years ago, while Diaz won when they squared off in the semi-finals of The Ultimate Fighter 5.

Nate Diaz, on the other hand, is looking to avoid his third straight loss - he has recently dropped contests to both Josh Thomson (knockout) and Ben Henderson (unanimous decision). Diaz is just two fights removed from a fight for the title, so he could immediately vault himself back into the title picture as well with an impressive win over Maynard.

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