Former division number one contender Gray Maynard, who's already done the dance with former 155-pound titleholder Frankie Edgar, once again has his eyes on the prize after learning that former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) castmate Nate Diaz is poised for a crack at the crown.
And Diaz hasn't suffered a loss at lightweight since a close split decision to "The Bully" back in 2010.
But in order to secure a championship rematch, his former foe must first get past Ben Henderson at the UFC on FOX 5 network television event scheduled for this December, a fight Maynard (via MMA Weekly) thinks Diaz can win.
Those comments, after the jump.
"Nate’s on a roll; I think he’ll pull it out. If he does, I know he was begging for me for a long time, but for me I was looking at the title and that’s a fight that would be a great fight for the title. I’d like to do the TV show against him if that’s the case. For me as of now, it’s about going up against the top guys. Like I don’t care about paydays, and stuff like that. Right now it’s about beating the top guys and getting the belt. I did a lot of work all the way till now and I’m at the top. I need that belt, and I switched up a lot of stuff to do that. I changed gyms, did everything I could, so when the opportunity happens I’ll be prepared for it."
Maynard was bounced from the 155-pound title race when Edgar finished him in the fourth round of their trilogy last October. He was able to rebound and keep himself "in the mix" with a frustrating split decision win over Clay Guida a few months back in New Jersey.
And who thinks a "Bendo" win will eliminate this discussion entirely?