Maynard Looking to Get Back on Track Following Loss to Nate Diaz

Published on May 20th, 2014 4:55 pm EST

Gray Maynard, who came within a hair of beating Frankie Edgar for the title at both UFC 125 and UFC 136, will be looking to get his career back on track at UFC 176 following two consecutive first round knockout losses.

According to multiple media reports, Maynard will be making his return to the Octagon at UFC 176 against Fabricio Camoes on August 2nd. The card, which will be headlined by a rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, will be taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

As mentioned, Maynard's career has gone off the rails as of late following first round KO losses to TJ Grant and Nate Diaz. Maynard's loss to Diaz was especially disconcerting for the former Lightweight title contender, as Diaz was able to easily walk through the much larger Maynard.

Maynard has lost three of his last four fights and will fall out of the top 10 in the Lightweight division with a loss to Fabricio Camoes. To say that the Camoes fight is a big one for Maynard would be an extreme understatement.


Fabricio Camoes is also looking to rebound after two straight losses as the hands of Jim Miller and Melvin Guillard. Prior to those losses, Camoes had notched three straight wins against Tommy Hayden, Efrain Escudero and Steve Lopez. Camoes has a professional record of 14-8-1.


It's safe to say that the loser of this fight may find themselves out of the UFC. While Gray Maynard has certainly been around for a while in the UFC and is a former title contender, he also has a larger contract that will make him very unappetizing to the UFC if he manages to drop his third fight in a row.

Maynard and Camoes will likely be literally fighting for their jobs at UFC 176. I would expect this fight to be the first or second fight on the main card.

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