Maynard had dispatched eight consecutive opponents to get his title shot. He fought anyone who was asked of him – one of them being Edgar. He didn't raise a stink when a lackluster win over Nate Diaz put Edgar to the front of the line for a shot at then-champion B.J. Penn at UFC 112. He went on to beat perennial contender Kenny Florian.
Somewhere in there, his patience frayed, Martinez said.
"I believe it did get to him," Martinez said. "If you're going to be fighting for a title and this is what you've been working all these years for – we didn't want to wait any longer. We fought in January first, and were made to wait until May over a broken nose (to Edgar). That's a long time, and Gray just did not want to push this any farther back.
"[UFC 130] probably would have been the best time for Frankie to fight Gray. Because we were having a horrible camp. We couldn't really do anything. He couldn't wrestle because of his knee; he couldn't spar because he had the cut."
It was so bad that Martinez and Maynard's other coaches brought up the possibility of withdrawing from the fight.
"We mentioned a couple of times, 'Maybe this isn't the right time,'" Martinez said. "He wasn't having it. He could have walked in there with one leg, and he would have fought."