FiveOuncesofPain.com recently had the chance to catch up with Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor over at Xtreme Couture, Neil Melanson, to gather his thoughts on the Xtreme Couture trained Gray Maynard‘s UFC Fight Night showdown with Nate Diaz scheduled for January 11, and while we were able to gather quite a bit of insight into the Bully’s keys to victory in the upcoming rematch, 5 Oz. also learned of one UFC lightweight’s reported reluctancy to face a particular foe with an extremely similar style.
According to Melanson, Maynard has had an itch to throw down with former UFC lightweight title holder Sean Sherk for some time now, but as the saying goes: It takes two to tango.
“I know Gray has been wanting to fight Sean Sherk, and I know they tried to make that fight happen, but according to Gray’s people, they said that Sherk turned it down numerous times,” said Melanson during a recent conversation with FiveOuncesofPain. “I could see why, just because it’s not really a good fight for Sherk; going against another stud wrestler that can box.”
With his main event showdown with Diaz set to air live on Spike TV this Monday night, Maynard has no time to look back at what could have been at this point. There’s a man in front of Gray right now that holds a recent submission victory over him, and if he comes out of UFN 20 with a victory, Gray will likely have much bigger fish to fry.
Current realistic possibilities as the next challengers to B.J. Penn‘s lightweight crown are undoubtedly Maynard and Frankie Edgar, although Maynard holds a unanimous decision victory over Edgar in April of 2008.
Make sure to check back with us in the following days as we will have the full insider’s analysis on the UFN 20 main event between Maynard and Diaz from the Xtreme Couture submission coach.