Maynard’s decline from divisional force to glass-jawed fighter on the cusp of being cut has been surprising. After starting his career with a 10-0-1 mark including wins over some of the top 155ers out there, Maynard has gone 1-3 in his last four fights with all three losses coming as a result of a strike-based stoppage. At 34, he only has a few years left in terms of competing at a high level, so seeing his chin start to deteriorate so rapidly is concerning. He’s too muscular to consider cutting down to 145 pounds and too small to fight as a welterweight, so the future is definitely a bit foggy for “The Bully”. If the UFC wants to play it safe, perhaps Michael Chiesa or Evan Dunham will come into play as a future foe since neither is much of a threat to knock Maynard out. If not, look for K.J. Noons or Jorge Masvidal to emerge as potential opponents.
Another TUF Finale is in the books, giving up-and-coming talent from the recent season an opportunity to shine on the sport’s biggest stage as well as a chance for more established veterans to prove their place on the roster is well-deserved. Ten athletes exited the Octagon last night with heads hung low after suffering a defeat, though not all of the stumbles were devastating or particularly notable for that matter. However, in the case of some of the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale competitors, coming up short will have a definite impact on their immediate futures… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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