Gray Maynard is determine to show the world that he belongs at the top of the lightweight division.
The former number 1 contender to the UFC lightweight title, has made all the changes necessary in his life, and training regimen that would give him the best chance to make a second run at the UFC lightweight title.
In a recent UFC interview, Maynard expressed that everything is perfect in his life at the moment.
I’ve never been happier. I made a lot of big changes in my life and they have all proven to be great decisions. I’m surrounded by good people who all push me to be better. I couldn’t ask for a better situation and I’ve never been more motivated to get after it than I am right now. I’m living my dream and truly happy.
In his last fight, Gray faced Clay Guida on UFC On FX 4. The fight on paper seemed to be a potential fight of the night bonus candidate, until Clay Guida began to circle his opponent without engaging for 5 rounds. The fight frustrated fans, Dana White, and even Gray Maynard who desperately tried everything he could do to engage his opponent. Maynard won the fight via split decision.
Currently Maynard is schedule to fight Joe Lauzon at UFC 155 in Paradise, Nevada, on December 29, 2012.
Maynard expressed that he is confident his new opponent, Lauzon, will show up to fight, and not run away from him for 5 rounds like Clay Guida did.
Lauzon will come to fight and I like that. I think we’ll have a great scrap. If he shows up like I believe he will, it will leave a lot of openings for me to end it early. I’ll take this fight wherever I need it to go in order to get the win. He obviously feels he has a big advantage on the ground, but that doesn’t mean I won’t put him on his back. It’s a fight. Anything can happen and winning is the only thing that matters to me. I’m going to be looking to finish this fight at all times.
During the interview, Maynard expressed that he believes that Joe Lauzon under performs in big fights, and breaks down under pressure. He plans to use this to his advantage come fight night.
This is a big step up for him and every time he’s had an opportunity like this, it hasn’t worked out too well. Other than his fight with Melvin Guillard, Lauzon hasn’t responded when the pressure is on. We’re going to scrap, and when it’s all said and done, one of us will be closer to a title shot. This division is one of the most competitive in the sport. I know what it takes to be at the top of the weight class, and I’m working my way back to that title one fight at a time. This is a big opportunity, and I’m going to come into this fight with Lauzon more prepared than I’ve ever been. I’m going to prove why I deserve to be at the top and he doesn’t.