Pettis hasn't fought anyone with a strong wrestling game since losing to Guida so it's still a question mark as to whether he can really defend it.
Now that Frankie is gone I see no reason why Gray cant be champ or very least #2 LW in the world. He wont fight Aldo, so he wont be champ, might as well just stay.
And obviously the guy is huge.
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Not sure why Gray would move down. He would be a good fight for Bendo after he picks up a few more wins.
I'm VERY high on Maynard now that he spends time at Jose's camp (can't ever remember the name). I'm looking for him to start incorporating knees, mix up his hands a bit, and I think he'll move into a higher finishing percentage.
he's one of the biggest lightweights this side of gleison tibau, and it just isn't healthy for him to get down to that weight.
he could give bendo a run for his money, and could still beat up nearly all the other contenders, (pettis included if he fought smart). i'm eager to see where he stands in 3 fights.
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Second of all, I don't think either one of them would run through each other. They both possess dangers and problems for each of their styles.
You can say Gray will take Pettis down and keep him there, and that's fine, but Pettis has shown that he is very good off his back and would be working for submissions or to get up the whole time. It's very possible he could keep him there and grind out a decision, but it's at his own risk.
Also, you can reference the Guida fight all you want, but Pettis had Guida in trouble multiple times throughout the fight while he was on his back. Pettis works with Ben Askren on his wrestling on the regular. You are kidding yourselves if you think his wrestling/TDD hasn't improved since Guida.
Problem is I don't think he beats Bendo and runs the risk of burning out his chances at the title with another championship loss.
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