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Apparently, training for a much anticipated "rubber match" isn't enough to keep Maynard's competitive juices flowing.
On Monday night (Oct. 3), "The Bully" appeared on everyone's favorite mixed martial arts (MMA) radio program, Pro MMA Radio, to talk with Larry Pepe about his upcoming fight, the state of the lightweight division and who he'd like to defend his title against if he comes away with the win over Edgar this time.
That wasn't all Maynard had to say.
During the interview, the topic came up regarding the upcoming title bout between current Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and Maynard's former college roommate and wrestling teammate, Rashad Evans.
Apparently, Maynard doesn't have a lot of respect for "Bones'" ability to take a punch.
Here's what Maynard had to say when asked to make a prediction on who will win the approaching fight between Jones and Evans:
"Rashad Evans. For sure! Cuz he's gonna hit him and Jon Jones doesn't like that.
I saw him (Jones) fight a guy...it was after the (Stephan) Bonnar fight, I think. I forgot who it was. But, every time he hit Jones, he turned his back and ran. It was really an eye opener. I was like, 'He's got skills but, he doesn't like to get hit.' "
Maynard elaborated further, stating hat he believes Evans has the advantage anywhere that the fight could end up going.
"You've got a long guy, then you've got a more explosive, powerful guy. I'd say Rashad. You know, he can scramble, he has it all. Jon Jones, you know, he's had 'Rampage,' Bader and a couple different guys. He did a good job, but I don't think he can beat my boy, Rashad."
Hard to say that Maynard isn't biased.
Is he right? Does "Suga" really have the striking and wrestling advantage in the match-up against his future opponent and former training partner?