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Gray Maynard: “It Could Have Been Stopped, Easily”

Written by Tom Ngo
January 3rd, 2011
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UFC Lightweight Gray Maynard

Although Gray Maynard’s opinion on the controversial draw that went down at UFC 125 is obviously backed with bias, the lightweight top contender wasn’t alone in questioning the vision of the three judges sitting Octagon-side. On the other hand, Maynard was flabbergasted the championship affair wasn’t halted in the 1stRound by the referee standing just inches from the mauling.

“It could have been stopped, easily. I thought he was all over the place,” a disappointed Maynard said at the post-fight press conference. “I dropped him … how many times? Five? He didn’t land a punch. [That round was] at least a 10-8. Maybe even a 10-7.”

In regards to the latter option, UFC president Dana White told Kevin Iole a three point edge in an MMA round is as common as a unicorn.

Because Maynard unleashed such a relentless barrage of strikes, many wondered if he had blown his entire wad within the first five minutes. Edgar managed to survive the beatdown and showed the heart of a true champion by resoundingly taking the 2ndRound.

“Yeah, I was swinging for the fences [in the first period]. I was trying to knock him out that whole round. That’s a lot of work. That’s like a sprint,” Maynard said. “I felt a little tired and I had to ease back a bit. Then I got going again in round three.

“He’s a tough kid, but I thought that was my fight.”

The middle and final stanzas were hotly contested and determined by a razor-thin margin. In the eyes of many, how the 3rdRound was scored was the make-or-break in the scrap.

“I thought I won the third for sure,” Maynard expressed. “The last round, we landed about even. I was going hard to the last and I thought he backed up a lot.

“Obviously it doesn’t feel good. I thought that was my fight. I thought I had the belt. I worked my ass off for this. I don’t know. I guess it kind of hurts.”

On the bright side for the 31-year-old, Maynard won’t have to wait too long to try and make things right. UFC president Dana White decided to arrange an instant rematch instead of forcing the Xtreme Couture-trained fighter to work his way back up the totem pole.

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