UFC lightweight Gray Maynard has been out of action for nearly a year to deal with some nagging injury issues. However, he’ll have a chance to re-insert himself back into the contendership mix this weekend at UFC 160 when he takes on T.J. Grant. In fact, according to some recent comments from UFC President Dana White, the winner of the fight is almost certainly next in line for a title-shot.
Though Grant isn’t a high-profile opponent per say, he’s definitely a game competitor. Maynard spoke about the match-up with UFC.com where he broke down Grant’s skillset, admitting the challenge of beating him isn’t an easy one nor impossible to overcome either.
“He comes at you. He’s a tough kid, and so it’s going to be a good one to come back to. I’m pumped about it,” said Maynard. “He’s good all around. He believes in his stand-up. He’s got more of a Thai style, and he’s got a good clinch game. Obviously, he’s good on the ground, and the times he has been beaten, it’s just because the guy came in prepared and knew what they had to do.”
“I think he comes in to brawl, and tries to take it to you. That works against some guys, but there are a lot of other guys (where it doesn’t) and you can pick them apart,” he concluded. “I believe that I am the best, and I’m going to prove to that to everyone. Most importantly, I’m going to prove that to TJ.”
Grant is 4-0 since dropping down to lightweight including wins over Evan Dunham and Matt Wiman. He holds an overall record of 20-5 with thirteen victories by way of submission. Meanwhile, Maynard is 11-1-1 and has found success in the past against stand-outs like Nate Diaz, Jim Miller, and Frankie Edgar. Fans can catch their fight on the PPV portion of Saturday night’s show.
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