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The Case for Gray Maynard’s Retirement

The Case for Gray Maynard’s Retirement

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 47 saw its fair share of thrills (like Tim Boetsch going beastmode on Brad Tavares) and non-thrills (like Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux stinking up the joint). But the biggest takeaway of the evening came in the form of a co-main event that had ultra-tough Brit Ross Pearson putting a big exclamation point on the sentence that is former lightweight contender Gray Maynard.

Yes, Maynard was once again put away in violent fashion, even after making a solid accounting for himself in the minutes prior to doing the Funky Chicken and going horizontal. And yes, this abrupt ending is yet another on the list of abrupt endings to Gray Maynard bouts. Which leads to one obvious conclusion: Maynard needs to retire ASAP.

The facts are thus:

  • Maynard is 1-4 in his last four trips to the Octagon, with all four of those losses coming via some form of knockout.
  • He will never challenge for a belt again, near come close to beating a contender.
  • His career spans eight years, which, for a fighter competing at the highest levels, is just under the threshold of a fighter’s usual “expiration date”. This means that in all likelihood Maynard’s noggin’ has absorbed way too many more blows than it’s comfortable taking – and when it comes to head trauma and its lingering effects (as opposed to, say, recurring knee injuries), this is a big red flag that can’t be ignored.
  • Remember Chuck Liddell? Does anyone want to see Maynard go out like that?

From 2007 to 2010, Maynard was riding an eight-fight win streak in the UFC. But those days are long gone, and now we can only expect the TUF vet to wind up in a crumpled heap whenever he fights. For that reason alone, he needs to retire.