Sunday, December 4, 2022

Gray Maynard Talks Not Finishing Fights, Says No One Is

Gray Maynard set himself up for a title shot following a three round unanimous decision victory over Kenny Florian at UFC 118 this past week and like his previous fights, Maynard out-wrestled Florian on his way to the win but did not go the extra mile and finish the fight. A lot of criticism has come Maynard's way for his fights and now he has come out and spoke regarding that heat:

“That's what I keep telling people! Who is stopping them? Name a name and I'll bow down, but who is stopping these guys? That's why I can't pay attention to these people. If you're a true sports fan who enjoys MMA and really try to understand it, you'll get it. Look at Edgar. He's only ever lost to myself. Look at Clementi, who has 52 professional fights and has only been stopped a handful of times. Jim Miller has only lost to the champion and myself. Huerta has never been stopped. Pretty much the same thing with Nate Diaz. Florian did get stopped by Penn, but you see what I mean. It's an excuse, but that's just how it is. I'm asking for the top guys. The decisions are just part of it. The sport is growing so much that these fights are just going to keep getting closer and closer. I don't know what people are going to do, but there are going to be a lot more close fights. More fighters are able to pull in the cash you need to hire the top coaches and eat and train right. We're going up against the guys where that's all they do year round. They train everyday. The gap is going to start to close on these title fights. Guys are getting better and better. People will start to appreciate it, it just takes time.”

Props: SB Nation