UFC lightweight Gray Maynard came close to winning divisional gold on two separate occasions in 2011, rocking Frankie Edgar in both bouts but ultimately failing to seal the deal in each. Though “The Bully” has only fought a single time since the second defeat, narrowly outpointing Clay Guida last summer, the 33-year old is poised to find out if the third time is a charm so long as he can get by T.J. Grant next month at UFC 160.
According to UFC President Dana White, the winner of their May 25 match-up will score a spot opposite champ Benson Henderson in a title-fight later this year. White’s comments came at the post-fight press conference for UFC on FOX 7 where Henderson retained his belt in a closely-contested clash with Gilbert Melendez.
Maynard is 11-1-1 in his career with past wins over Edgar, Roger Huerta, Nate Diaz, and Kenny Florian. Though he packs some firepower in his fists, the bulk of Maynard’s victories have come as a result of grinding his way to a decision.
The 20-5 Grant is one of the hottest 155ers on the roster right now with a 4-0 mark since moving down from welterweight. Thirteen of his triumphs have come by way of submission.
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