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Former UFC lightweight Gray Maynard set for drop to Featherweight

"The Bully" will look to test the featherweight waters, just as this former lightweight title challenger man has done.

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In order to preserve what's left of their mixed martial arts (MMA) careers, a few notable Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combatants have made their intentions known that they will be dropping down a weight class.

You can now add another name to that growing list, with former UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard stating he will shed the extra weight to make the 146-pound limit that the featherweight division requires (via Bloody Elbow).

There has been no clue as to who Maynard's future opponent might be at this time.

Since his run as a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5, "The Bully" went on to win eight bouts in succession over men like former title challengers and champions Nate Diaz, Kenny Florian and Frankie Edgar.

Maynard is perhaps best known for his trilogy of fights with "The Answer," which produced countless moments of back-and-forth action, as well as one knockout loss for the former.

Following his rivalry with Edgar is where things began to head south for the former All-American wrestler. The 36-year-old Maynard lost four of his next five tilts, including three-straight knockout losses between 2013-14.

After his loss to the heavy-handed Brit Ross Pearson in Aug. 2014, UFC President Dana White came out and said he wouldn't "chase" Maynard "out of the game."

It seems as that is true.

Maynard was last seen competing against Alexander Yakolev back in April. He fell via unanimous decision.

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