Gray Maynard injury update: 'Bully' benched 3-5 weeks following knee surgery

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard blew out his knee and was forced to withdraw from next month's UFC 155 event in Las Vegas. Now, "The Bully" will have to go into the shop for repairs and won't be able to see the inside of a gym for at least 3-5 weeks.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender Gray Maynard, who was recently bounced from his UFC 155 main card match-up opposite Joe Lauzon, will go under the knife next week to repair the damage suffered in a training injury that shredded his knee.

MMA Weekly has the details:

The former Michigan State wrestler suffered tears in both the medial and lateral meniscus in his knee that will require surgery to repair the damage.

Maynard will visit with his doctors and undergo the knee surgery next week, and the recovery time is only expected to be 3 to 5 weeks total before he can get back in the gym.

Stepping in for "The Bully" will be dependable do-gooder Jim Miller, who faces off against "J-Lau" on Sat., Dec. 29, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The New Jersey native was last seen getting strangled by Nate Diaz at the UFC on FOX 3 event last May.

See how this last-minute match-up came to be right here.

UFC 155 features a heavyweight championship rematch pitting reigning division kingpin Junior dos Santos against former 265-pound titleholder Cain Velasquez, who coughed up the gold at the inaugural UFC on FOX event just over a year ago.

The co-headliner will see ex-Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin return to the cage to battle top division prospect Phil Davis, while Chris Weidman tries to stay "in the mix" against middleweight Barbarian Tim Boetsch.

For all the latest news and notes on UFC 155 click here.

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