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All Cleared, Gray Maynard Wants To Return To Octagon

Gray Maynard

Former UFC lightweight No. 1 contender Gray Maynard isn’t ready to hang it up yet. “The Bully,” who hasn’t fought since a 2013 loss to Nate Diaz, just had to get things sorted out with himself.

“Last year was the worst year of my life,” said Maynard, during a recent interview with MMAFighting.com. “No wonder they don’t have the 13th floor in buildings. Thirteen sucks. It was a tough year.

“Just a crazy year, so it was good to get it done with and start a new year.”

Maynard (11-3-1) has won just one fight in his last five overall, scoring a split decision over Clay Guida in 2012. The soon-to-be 35-year-old was finished in the first round by Diaz and TJ Grant last year, while also being knocked out by Frankie Edgar in 2011 following a draw with the then-lightweight champion earlier.

The consecutive KO losses forced Maynard to see a specialist and make sure everything was still correct inside his head. Now that he’s cleared, he wants to fight again soon.

“I took some time off and I did some testing on my head, just to check that everything was alright,” he said. “People who were close to me, Dana (White), the Fertittas, they wanted me to get checked out. My head wasn’t all the way there and that’s a big part of (the losses). I was concentrating on a game plan and trying to do all this stuff and it’s just now how I compete.”

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