Gray Maynard

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Gray Maynard
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BornBradley Gray Maynard
(1979-05-09) May 9, 1979 (age 34)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Other namesThe Bully
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
DivisionLightweight (155 lb)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Fighting out ofSan Jose, CA, U.S.
TeamAmerican Kickboxing Academy
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active2006 – present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total16
Wins11
By knockout2
By decision9
Losses3
By knockout3
Draws1
No contests1
Amateur career
Total1
Wins1
Other information
UniversityMichigan State University
Notable school(s)St. Edward High School
Durango High School
Bonanza High School
WebsiteOfficial UFC Profile http://www.graymaynard.com/
last updated on: March 7, 2012
 
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Gray Maynard
Graymaynard.jpg
BornBradley Gray Maynard
(1979-05-09) May 9, 1979 (age 34)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Other namesThe Bully
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
DivisionLightweight (155 lb)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Fighting out ofSan Jose, CA, U.S.
TeamAmerican Kickboxing Academy
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active2006 – present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total16
Wins11
By knockout2
By decision9
Losses3
By knockout3
Draws1
No contests1
Amateur career
Total1
Wins1
Other information
UniversityMichigan State University
Notable school(s)St. Edward High School
Durango High School
Bonanza High School
WebsiteOfficial UFC Profile http://www.graymaynard.com/
last updated on: March 7, 2012

Bradley Gray Maynard (born May 9, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has the 4th fastest knockout in UFC history, at 9 seconds against Joe Veres. He has a noted rivalry with former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. As of January 17, 2014, he is #10 in official UFC lightweight rankings.[3]

Early life[edit]

Maynard's father, Jan, was a two-time Ohio high school state wrestling champion. He also has a sister named Misty.[4] Maynard attended Bonanza High School in Las Vegas and transferred to St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, for two years,[5] and excelled in its wrestling program. In 1997, he placed second in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state tournament in the 140 lb weight class for Division I. In 1998, he was the state champion at the 152 lb weight class.[6] His high school record was an impressive 135–16, including being undefeated in his sophomore and senior years.[7] His nickname of "Bully" came from his dog, Hank, a bull terrier he rescued.[4]

Maynard wrestled alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at Michigan State University, They were also roommates. He was redshirted in his freshman year. In 2001, he placed eighth at the NCAA Division I Collegiate Wrestling Championship at 157 lb weight class. In 2002 and 2003, he placed seventh.[8] The performance earned the MSU co-captain All-American honors for the third time in his collegiate career.[9] Upon his graduation, Maynard ranked 11th all-time in MSU history with 106 career wins and seventh with 26 falls.[10]

After not making the 2004 US Olympic wrestling team, Maynard considered retirement from the sport. He was then recruited to be a sparring partner for mixed martial arts fighter and former Lightweight UFC champion B.J. Penn. With his exposure to the new sport, Maynard sought to compete in it. With his wrestling connections, he eventually became a student and training partner of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.[11]

In an interview with Fightlockdown.com, Maynard stated that he believed that he was the most accomplished wrestler in the UFC lightweight division.[12]

Maynard appeared on the "Schumacher Family" episode of Supernanny teaching the family's 7-year-old son about MMA at Randy Couture's gym. Maynard also was an Assistant Coach alongside Forrest Griffin and Tyson Griffin with head coach Rich Franklin on the last episode of the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Maynard was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5, which featured lightweights exclusively. He was selected by B.J. Penn to be on his team and was Penn's pick to make it to the finals.

Maynard beat Wayne Weems in the preliminary round. In the quarterfinals, Maynard faced Brandon Melendez in a tough matchup and won the fight with a guillotine choke in the second round. He lost his semifinal matchup in the second round against Nate Diaz due to guillotine choke.

As part of the The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale preliminary Card on June 23, 2007, Maynard fought Rob Emerson in a controversial Lightweight fight. Maynard seemed to be in control of the fight in round one. During the second round he picked up Emerson and slammed him to the mat. Emerson immediately tapped out because of an injury to his ribs. The referee believed that Maynard also could not continue because he seemed to have hit his head on the mat and knocked himself out due to the force of his own slam. Since both fighters could not continue he ruled it a "No Contest". UFC President Dana White commented, "I know one thing, that Maynard was out cold". Maynard did not agree, and cited the cage-side doctors, who, after testing Maynard, found he had suffered no concussion during the bout.[13]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In his next fight he took on Joe Veres at UFC Fight Night 11 and knocked him out with the first punch he threw, after nine seconds. It was the second fastest knockout in UFC history (at that time, see UFC 102). Next Maynard won a unanimous decision victory over Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 12 earning scores of 29–28, 29–28 and 30–27. At UFC Fight Night 13, he faced lightweight standout Frankie Edgar in the first bout of their rivalry. Maynard won a 30–27 unanimous decision on all cards to hand Edgar his first loss. He used his superior wrestling to control the fight, winning a decision.

Maynard also worked as an assistant wrestling coach for Forrest Griffin as part of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest.

Maynard earned a unanimous decision over Rich Clementi at UFC 90. In his fight, Maynard once again showed his superior wrestling as he controlled Clementi on the ground for 3 rounds. He did however appear notably disappointed during his post fight interview that he was unable to finish the fight.

Maynard then fought at UFC 96, against lightweight Jim Miller, winning by unanimous decision once again, with all three judges scoring the bout 30–27. Maynard kept the fight on the feet inversing his wrestling skills with excellent takedown defense and displayed solid standup skills, particularly looping bodyshot combos.

Maynard won against Roger Huerta via split decision at UFC Fight Night 19. During the fight, he had Huerta in a visibly deep kimura, though his opponent refused to submit.

Maynard defeated TUF 5 lightweight champion Nate Diaz via split decision at UFC Fight Night 20.[14]

Maynard defeated Kenny Florian on August 28, 2010 at UFC 118 via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). Maynard took Florian down at will and controlled him on the mat, thus becoming the #1 contender for the UFC Lightweight Championship.

In a Fight of the Night winning contest, Maynard and the champion Frankie Edgar fought to a split draw on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125, resulting in Edgar retaining his belt. Early reports were that that former WEC champion Anthony Pettis would receive the next title shot, but Dana White later announced that instead Edgar vs Maynard 3 would be the next lightweight title fight at UFC 130.[15][16] On May 9, it was announced that injuries to both forced the fight to be removed from the card.

The third bout between Edgar and Maynard took place on October 8, 2011 as the main event of UFC 136.[17] Maynard was defeated by Edgar via KO at 3:54 of round 4, resulting in the first official loss of his career. After a first round similar to the first round in their bout at UFC 125, Edgar was able to close in on Maynard landing more shots and becoming the aggressor. He finished Maynard with a flurry of punches, starting with an uppercut that rocked Maynard.[18]

On November 21, 2011 Maynard's Head boxing coach Gil Martinez told The MMA Show, that Maynard would be leaving Xtreme Couture gym for American Kickboxing Academy.

Maynard fought Clay Guida at UFC on FX 4.[19] He won the bout via split decision.

Maynard was expected to face Joe Lauzon on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[20] However, Maynard pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by Jim Miller.[21]

Maynard next faced TJ Grant at UFC 160 on May 25, 2013.[22] Dana White announced at the UFC on Fox 7 post-fight press conference that he expects that the winner of the Maynard/Grant fight to get a UFC Lightweight title shot against Benson Henderson.[23] Maynard lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

A rubber match with Nate Diaz took place on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.[24] Maynard lost via TKO in the first round.

Personal life[edit]

Maynard and his longtime girlfriend are currently engaged.[25]

Gray Maynard co-starred in the movie, Art of Submission with Ving Rhames and Ernie Reyes, Jr.[26]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss11–3–1 (1)Nate DiazTKO (punches)The Ultimate Fighter 18 FinaleNovember 30, 201312:38Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss11–2–1 (1)TJ GrantTKO (knee & punches)UFC 160May 25, 201312:07Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesUFC Lightweight title eliminator.
Win11–1–1 (1)Clay GuidaDecision (split)UFC on FX: Maynard vs. GuidaJune 22, 201255:00Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss10–1–1 (1)Frankie EdgarKO (punches)UFC 136October 8, 201143:54Houston, Texas, United StatesFor the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Draw10–0–1 (1)Frankie EdgarDraw (split)UFC 125January 1, 201155:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor the UFC Lightweight Championship; Fight of the Night. Fight of the Year.
Win10–0 (1)Kenny FlorianDecision (unanimous)UFC 118August 28, 201035:00Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesUFC Lightweight title eliminator.
Win9–0 (1)Nate DiazDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. DiazJanuary 11, 201035:00Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win8–0 (1)Roger HuertaDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. GuillardSeptember 16, 200935:00Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win7–0 (1)Jim MillerDecision (unanimous)UFC 96March 7, 200935:00Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win6–0 (1)Rich ClementiDecision (unanimous)UFC 90October 25, 200835:00Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win5–0 (1)Frankie EdgarDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. LauzonApril 2, 200835:00Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win4–0 (1)Dennis SiverDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Swick vs BurkmanJanuary 23, 200835:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win3–0 (1)Joe VeresKO (punch)UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs FlorianSeptember 19, 200710:09Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC2–0 (1)Rob EmersonNo Contest (both fighters knocked out)The Ultimate Fighter 5 FinaleJune 23, 200720:39Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesBoth fighters were judged unable to continue; Fight of the Night.
Win2–0Brent WeedmanDecision (unanimous)WEF: Orleans ArenaJune 10, 200635:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win1–0Joshua PowellTKO (punches)Title Fighting Championships 1April 21, 200612:56Des Moines, Iowa, United States

The Ultimate Fighter 5[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss2–1Nate DiazSubmission (guillotine choke)The Ultimate Fighter 521:17Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesSemi-finals
Win2–0Brandon MelendezSubmission (guillotine choke)The Ultimate Fighter 524:07Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesQuarter-finals
Win1–0Wayne WeemsTKO (punches)The Ultimate Fighter 5January 200712:47Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesPreliminary bout

References[edit]

  1. ^ UFC Profile
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  4. ^ a b "Interview with UFC Fighter Gray Maynard". Criticalbench.com. December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  5. ^ Gray Maynard. "Charities and Christmas gift idea". 
  6. ^ http://alumni.sehs.net/resource/resmgr/wrestling/state_qualifiers.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-wrestl/mtt/maynard_gray00.html
  8. ^ a b c d http://www.wrestlinghalloffame.org/wrestlers.php?wrestler=4142
  9. ^ "Nick Simmons and Gray Maynard Earn All-America Honors At NCAA Wrestling Championships". 
  10. ^ "Nick Simmons and Gray Maynard Place Seventh At NCAA Wrestling Championships". 
  11. ^ "Maynard Eager to 'Blankey' the 155 Pound Division". UFC.com. June 19, 2007. 
  12. ^ "My stand-up matches up great with anyone in my division.". FightLockdown. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Notes: Maynard beats himself". Yahoo! Sports. June 23, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Gray Maynard Leaves Gray Area at UFC Fight Night 20". 5thround.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  15. ^ John Morgan (January 2, 2011). "UFC boss has change of heart, Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III up next". MMAJunkie.com. 
  16. ^ "Dana White Confirms Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III at UFC 130". MMAFighting.com. January 14, 2011. 
  17. ^ Helwani, Ariel (July 15, 2011). "Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard Agree to Meet for a Third Time at UFC 136". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  18. ^ Wagenheim, Jeff (October 11, 2011). "Edgar finds appeal in vulnerability". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Guida vs. Maynard headlines UFC on FX 4". mmajunkie.com. March 18, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Joe Lauzon vs. Gray Maynard slated for UFC 155 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. August 23, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Gray Maynard injured, Jim Miller steps in to face Joe Lauzon at UFC 155". mmajunkie.com. November 14, 2012. 
  22. ^ Erickson, Matt (February 20, 2013). "Maynard-Grant, Nurmagomedov-Trujillo added to UFC 160 in May". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  23. ^ Grienke, Keith (April 20, 2013). "Dana White Announces TJ Grant/Maynard Winner to Fight for UFC Lightweight Title". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  24. ^ Dana Becker (September 8, 2013). "Gray Maynard-Nate Diaz III Set For Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale". fightline.com. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Shades of Gray: An exclusive interview with UFC lightweight Gray Maynard". MMAMania.com. October 24, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  26. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1121986/reference

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