The great Tony D’Amato once said, “When you get old, in life, things get taken away from you…that’s a part of life.” Gray Maynard was once upon a time arguably one of the most dangerous lightweight fighters on the planet. But fighting is a young man’s rumble and time might have taken that rumble away from Gray.
Gray had the opportunity to fight for the lightweight title twice. He even had an opportunity to revive his contender status a year and a half later. Opportunities to lift himself, and the rest of us sad-assed human beings, up to a better place to be, if only for a minute.
In August 2014, Gray experienced his third consecutive loss at the hands of Ross Pearson. He also happened to turn 35; an old age in a young man’s sport.
Is that what happened to Gray Maynard?
Nate Diaz vs Gray Maynard III, The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, 30 November 2013
Nate Diaz vs Gray Maynard is full of history and bad blood. Previous to this fight, Nate and Gray have fought twice before. Their fights together can map how each fighter has evolved through their MMA career.
The first time they fought was when both were on season 5 of The Ultimate Fighter, still new to the MMA world. The second time they fought was in 2010 when both fighters have a decent amount of experience but continue to chase the belt. This time they are meeting after both have fought for the belt but failed to become champion.
Both are now well established and well respected MMA fighters and defeating the other would solidify a place in the top rankings of the lightweight division and perhaps another chance at fighting for the title.
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