As Kenny Rogers famously sang, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em – Know when to fold ’em – Know when to walk away – Know when to run.” It’s particularly painful to watch when professional athletes, especially fighters, don’t know when to call it quits.
After dropping his third straight scrap via TKO, it might be time for UFC president Dana White to have that uncomfortable chat with former lightweight top contender Gray Maynard (pictured).
“[Maynard] came here, he fought. He’s been cleared medically to fight. I think the kid is healthy,” said White during Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 47 post-fight press conference, roughly an hour after Maynard was destroyed by Ross Pearson. “But, you know, it’s probably a discussion we might have. I’m not looking to chase Gray out of the game or anything like that. I’ll talk to him, though.
“These guys go through extensive medical testing and we know getting knocked out isn’t good for you, but we’ll see. He’s a young guy, he’s talented. We’ll see what he wants to do.”
Maynard is 34, so he’s not that young. In most sports, he’d be considered past his prime.
“The Bully” emerged onto the UFC scene as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 5” back in 2007. After a no contest against Rob Emerson in his octagon debut, Maynard rattled off eight straight wins.
Maynard hasn’t posted consecutive victories since scoring a decision over Kenny Florian in August 2010.