Gray Maynard has never lost inside the cage, and the former Michigan State University wrestler doesn’t plan on suffering his first defeat this weekend when he meets UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 136.
For Maynard, winning is the only way he knows, no matter the sport or activity. The Xtreme Couture product feels like that drive is what helps push him to become the best in the world.
“I hate to lose, it just kills me to even try to talk about it,” said Maynard, in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio recently. “I don’t care if it’s a championship, I don’t care if it’s a three-rounder, I don’t care if it’s checkers. If I’m putting my name on the line, I hate losing, period. Obviously, the goal is to become a champ and be the best or I wouldn’t be doing this.”
Maynard (10-0-1) was a three-time All-American as a Spartan wrestler before embarking on an MMA career. This past January, he battered Edgar in the first round, but was unable to finish him off and settled for a draw. “The Bully” also owns a victory over Edgar before the two become champion and challenger.
“If I didn’t have the goal to be the best, there’s no point in trying to do this,” Maynard said. “I want to be a champion. I want to evolve, and I want to be a part of history in the sport of MMA.”
UFC 136 takes place this Saturday night from Houston’s Toyota Center. FightLine.com will have complete coverage of the event.