Although Gray Maynard’s split decision win over Nate Diaz at UFC Fight Night 20 bumped his record to a perfect 9-0, seven of his wins have now come by way of the judges’ scorecards. If he was hoping for a title shot, that’s possibly the quickest way out of getting one.
It’s no secret that UFC brass loves finishers, and that’s something Maynard can’t stake claim to being. Although he was able to out-box Diaz for the win, he certainly didn’t do anything to separate himself from fellow top contender Frankie Edgar.
Although, word was that Edgar had already been penciled in for a shot at champ BJ Penn’s title, regardless of Maynard’s performance. However, it would have been tough to imagine Edgar being the clear-cut top contender if Maynard would have DOMINATED Diaz, especially since Maynard owns a convincing victory over Frankie.
Although the opportunity of a lifetime was dangling directly in front of Maynard’s eyes, he wasn’t able to deliver a performance that would have anyone in an uproar if he wasn’t Penn’s next foe.
Maynard, as well as Diaz, did have the fans inside the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia raining down boos as the college crowd deemed the main event fight a tad boring.
The 155-pounders engaged in a kickboxing battle for much of their 15-minute scrap, with Maynard winning all but the opening ticks. Overall, most would probably say the fight was uneventful.
Once again, the scoring for a UFC main event was on the diverse side as each official saw a different fight; 28-29, 30-27 and 29-28 is what warned Maynard the victory.
However, Maynard still deserves props. The former All-American wrestler has developed a solid stand up game and was able to use his superior quickness and crisp strikes to control Diaz.
FYI, Edgar holds an 11-1 record, with six coming by way of decision, so we shall see…