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With that said, no one has ever accused him of giving an entertaining interview. That is, until now.
During a sit-down session with FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight," Maynard opened up a little, with the help of his former college roommate, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Rashad Evans, and told a story about a night the two will never forget.
Here's how it all went down:
"We had a scale in the room for people to check their weight. We [Gray and Rashad] were the team captains. Some guy walked in at three AM to check his weight. I heard a guy walk in and I was thinking someone is cutting weight late. Then I feel someone crawl into the other part of the bed with me and I realize it's a guy I don't even know. He's drunk and he gets up naked with black socks and a tattoo. We tell him to get out of here and he starts putting on my clothes. We try to slap his hands, hitting him with towels. Then, suddenly, there is a knock on the door and a lady looks at him and signals with her finger for him to come here. And Rashad and I were just like did that really just happen?"
That's not all Maynard had to say. After he jump, we'll take a look at Gray's comments regarding his recent switching of camps, his preparation for his upcoming fight versus Clay Guida at UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on June 22, 2012 -- and Guida's hair:
Since his last time in the cage, Maynard has parted ways with Xtreme Couture for the seemingly greener pastures of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA).
Maynard has also spent significant time with the Brazilian supercamp, Nova Uniao.
According to Maynard, it just was time to move on and learn some new things:
"You know, I hit a plateau and it's a sport where there is a lot to learn, a lot of aspects, and you have to evolve or you get passed up. I'm feeling great. You know I've been all over the place - Brazil, AKA. It was a great camp, I learned a lot and I evolved a lot. And, I am prepared. I can't wait to be back in the Octagon."
One thing Maynard will have to be on the lookout for, when it comes to Guida, is his takedown defense. Maynard, being an elite wrestler himself, shouldn't have a lot of trouble in that area, but just in case, he's worked hard to shore up that aspect of his game with the guys at AKA:
"It is very important. You know I moved to AKA and there are a lot of guys up there who train every Tuesday on all takedowns. It's a great place to evolve that too."
Within the past few days, Maynard's opponent, Clay Guida, has been the subject of much media attention, and it hasn't been in regard to his fighting skills.
It was reported that Maynard's camp had complained about "The Carpenter's" long and curly locks, and had gone as far as to ask the New Jersey State Athletic Commission to intervene.
As far as Maynard is concerned, it's really not that big of a deal:
"I don't think it's that big of a deal. They inquired about it. The commission got back to him about it. I didn't even know about it. I mean, you know, it came out, and it's up to them. For me, I just fight."
Regardless of what Guida's hairstyle may end up looking like, the two will enter into the Octagon on Friday night (June 22, 2012) to do battle. In all likelihood, the hair of either fighter will not end up playing that big of an overall factor.