There’s certainly no shortage of story lines behind this Saturday’s scrap between Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz, as not only will it mark the third time they’ll fight, but both men are in need of a win. Diaz is coming off consecutive losses to Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson, while Maynard was quickly taken out by TJ Grant last time out.
While it wasn’t long ago when Maynard was busy challenging Frankie Edgar for the lightweight championship, the powerful wrestler has gone 1-2-1 in his last four bouts. So is the 34 year-old looking forward to his post-fighting days? Or at making another title run?
Well, while speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, “The Bully” relayed:
“I feel as if I have a long time in the sport,” Maynard said. “I’m still feeling great, I really am.”
That’s good news, and it’s also worth noting that his recent defeats have come against top tier opposition. Before facing Edgar at UFC 125 in 2011, Maynard was on a 11 fight undefeated streak (his TUF 5 submission loss to Diaz wasn’t an official bout).
And speaking of that loss to Diaz, here’s what Maynard had to say about it, which makes this Saturday’s fight a rubber match.
“When you beat me and it hurts like a loss, I count that,” said Maynard, who also defeated Diaz by split decision in 2010. “I’m not going to lie.”
If you’re wondering, the betting lines have Maynard as -135 to -140 favourite heading into the fight.
The TUF 18 Finale will go down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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News is surfacing Wednesday that UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario suffered cardiac arrest yesterday and is in critical condition as a result.
The 30 year-old fighter’s manager, Jason House from Iridium Sports, recently announced via Twitter that:
Shane Del Rosario had a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home on Tuesday morning. He was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. He is currently in the coronary care unit critically ill. Our prayers are with him and his family.
After a mandatory period of “outrage” that extended for almost two months, de facto number three MMA organization World Series of Fighting has signed Rousimar Palhares. That’s right, crazy ol’ Palhares, the dude who doesn’t know what a tap out means and who likes to mess up opponents’ knees with submissions that almost always result in torn tendons and ligaments, limps, and nightmares.
From his Octagon debut at UFC 12 in 1997 to about 2008, when he started systematically destroying dudes left and right, Vitor Belfort was a normal human being who won some in the cage and lost some in the cage, and even got pinged for steroids after taking on Dan Henderson in 2006. But somewhere along that timeline, the Brazilian-version of Steve Rogers discovered the secret recipe for the Super-Soldier Serum, and now he’s got a body count and a fighting style that ventures more into the realm of special effects than actual unarmed combat. Remember how he dispatched Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7, Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8 and Henderson in their recent UFC Fight Night 32 rematch? When a fighter flies through the air like that, it’s either because they’re on the set of a Hong Kong action flick and Yuen Woo-Ping is controlling them via wires, or they’ve just straight-up got superpowers.