It’s easy to forget about what a force Florian was at 155 pounds in his prime. Going into the match-up with Maynard he’d won eight of nine fights with the only loss coming to champ B.J. Penn. Florian had also picked up back-to-back submission wins over Clay Guida and Takanori Gomi entering the effort. Regardless, Maynard made him look like a step down in competition, using his wrestling and top control to neutralize “Ken Flo” en route to a decision win. The instance of success was Maynard’s eighth straight in the Octagon and earned him a crack at then-champion Frankie Edgar’s belt.
UFC lightweight Gray Maynard only has eleven wins on his record but, impressively, he can still lay claim to plenty of noteworthy wins against high-level adversaries inside the Octagon. The 34-year old originally entered the organization with a 2-0 mark and promptly went on to find a string of success after TUF 5 including triumphs over a former champion and two former title-contenders. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights of his run in the ring leading up to this weekend’s headlining tilt with Nate Diaz at the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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