Former Title Challenger Gray Maynard Parts Ways With UFC

Gray Maynard spent over a decade competing in the UFC, but that time has expired. Maynard revealed to MMAJunkie.com that he and the UFC have parted ways. “The Bully” had been with the UFC since 2007. He made it to the semifinals of The Ulti…

Gray Maynard spent over a decade competing in the UFC, but that time has expired. Maynard revealed to MMAJunkie.com that he and the UFC have parted ways. “The Bully” had been with the UFC since 2007. He made it to the semifinals of The Ultimate Fighter Season 5. Maynard was eliminated when he was submitted […]

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Gray Maynard Set To Return At UFC 229

Gray Maynard is back, and he’s returning at a huge UFC PPV.

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Former UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard will return at UFC 229.

Maynard was previously on a four-fight losing streak. He has now won two of his last three fights. In his last outing, Maynard took home a unanimous decision win over Teruto Ishihara in July of last year.

He burst onto the UFC scene back in 2007 when he was a part of The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 (TUF 5). Maynard made a name for himself after back-to-back classic lightweight title fights with Frankie Edgar.

Maynard will return to the Octagon on October 6, 2018 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 229. He will take on fellow UFC veteran Nik Lentz, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Lentz has gone 2-2 in his last four fights. He last competed at UFC Fight Night 131 in June against David Teymur. Lentz lost the fight via unanimous decision. This is essentially a must win fight for both men.

The UFC 229 card is shaping up rather nicely, especially with the return of Conor McGregor. Take a look at the card so far here below:

  • Lightweight Championship: (C) Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor
  • Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Flyweight: Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga
  • Light heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Welterweight: Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin
  • Women’s bantamweight: Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
  • Women’s strawweight: Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig
  • Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley vs. Jose Alberto Quinonez

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Unbeaten Jeremy Kennedy Wants Gray Maynard for Next Fight

Jeremy Kennedy is a perfect 11-0 in his MMA career, including three victories since signing with the UFC. This past Saturday night at UFC on FOX 25, Kennedy downed Kyle Bochniak via decision and promptly made it known he wants former title contender Gray Maynard next. “Everyone knows who Gray Maynard is,” Kennedy said during […]

Jeremy Kennedy is a perfect 11-0 in his MMA career, including three victories since signing with the UFC. This past Saturday night at UFC on FOX 25, Kennedy downed Kyle Bochniak via decision and promptly made it known he wants former title contender Gray Maynard next. “Everyone knows who Gray Maynard is,” Kennedy said during […]

TUF 25 Finale Booking: Gray Maynard to Face Teruto Ishihara

Former UFC lightweight title contender Gray Maynard will try to get back on track when he faces Teruto Ishihara this July at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale. Maynard (12-6-1) has posted a 10-6-1 UFC record overall, but is just 1-6 over his last seven. Ishihara (9-3-2) suffered his first UFC loss in four fights recently, […]

Former UFC lightweight title contender Gray Maynard will try to get back on track when he faces Teruto Ishihara this July at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale. Maynard (12-6-1) has posted a 10-6-1 UFC record overall, but is just 1-6 over his last seven. Ishihara (9-3-2) suffered his first UFC loss in four fights recently, […]

Top 10 Worst Losing Streaks In UFC History

With competition for places on the roster being so fiercely contested there’s no substitute for winning in the UFC, and as such it’s every fighters worst nightmare to find themselves trapped in the midst of a losing streak they just can’t seem to break out of. Every defeat brings a greater likelihood that their next

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With competition for places on the roster being so fiercely contested there’s no substitute for winning in the UFC, and as such it’s every fighters worst nightmare to find themselves trapped in the midst of a losing streak they just can’t seem to break out of.

Every defeat brings a greater likelihood that their next fight could be their last in the Octagon, bringing even more pressure, anxiety and self-doubt that only seeks to further compound the problem.

For some fighters back-to-back defeats is all it takes before they are unceremoniously shown the exit door, but for one reason or another, some are cut a little more slack, which at first might seem like a blessing, but can often prove to be something of a curse as they dig themselves into an even deeper hole on the sports biggest stage.

It’s those unfortunate fighters that are the focus of this article as we count down the worst losing streaks ever recorded inside the UFC’s Octagon.

10. Gray Maynard – 4 losses in a row

Truth be told there’s a number of fighters who have suffered four-fight losing streaks in the UFC over the years, but Gray Maynard makes it onto this list due to the fact his slump came in the midst of a six-year spell in which he would register just two wins in nine Octagon outings.

A former two-time challenger for the lightweight belt, Maynard entered into another title eliminator with TJ Grant in 2013 having only lost once in his previous 14 bouts, but surprisingly was TKO’d barely two minutes into the fight.

Worrying signs that Maynard’s chin was deserting him then emerged when he was also TKO’d in the first round by Nate Diaz, and then Ross Pearson also finished him with strikes.

A further loss to the unheralded Alexander Yakovlev took his losing streak to four fights, but Maynard resisted talk of retiring and instead took over a year out before dropping down to the featherweight division.

He then briefly broke his losing streak with a win over the unheralded Francisco Bruno, but a loss to Ryan Hall since then leaves the 37-year-old’s fighting future in doubt again.

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10 UFC Stars Whose Careers Hit Terminal Decline

The old saying that, ‘what goes up must come down’ has been proven time and time again in the Octagon over the years, though some fighters have experienced the second half of that equation far more vividly – and indeed violently – than others. It’s a strange phenomenon to bear witness to, as a fighter

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  1. The old saying that, ‘what goes up must come down’ has been proven time and time again in the Octagon over the years, though some fighters have experienced the second half of that equation far more vividly – and indeed violently – than others.

It’s a strange phenomenon to bear witness to, as a fighter who could do no wrong suddenly find themselves in a position where they can’t seem to do anything right.

Whether it’s the effects of age, an accumulation of injuries, a weakened chin, or a loss of focus, in this article we’ll look at 10 classic examples of fighters whose career entered into that dreaded downward spiral while competing in the UFC and were never able to recover from it.

Roger Huerta

Roger Huerta

It’s hard to believe now, but back in 2007 Roger Huerta was being tipped as the next big thing in the UFC.

Huerta enjoyed a rapid ascent up the UFC pecking order, entering the promotion after a long unbeaten run and then racking up six wins in a row inside the Octagon while also landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine at a time when mainstream exposure was hard to come by.

Huerta seemed to have the world at his feet, but he took his eye off the prize when he began dating ‘That 70’s Show’ actress Laura Prepon and started talking about leaving the UFC to pursue an acting career.

His downward descent proved to be as swift as his rise had been, with back-to-back losses coming to Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard before his UFC departure in 2009.

Huerta’s relationship with Prepon and acting career didn’t take off, and his MMA career never recovered, posting a tepid 3-6 record over the past seven years away from the bright lights of the UFC.

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