Gray Maynard (11-1-1-1 NC) thinks 2012 will close with one Diaz brother as champion. Maynard has Nate Diaz (16-7) defeating Benson Henderson (17-2) for the lightweight title later this month.
“I think Nate will win because he’s been doing good and if that happens I gotta beat Joe Lauzon and then fight Nick,” said Maynard to MMA Interviews.
Earlier, Maynard had to pull out from his upcoming fight with Joe Lauzon (22-7) due to a tear in the medial and lateral meniscus of his knee. Maynard is expected to resume training in a few weeks. It is not known if he will still challenge Lauzon, who now has a new fight for UFC 155 against Jim Miller (21-4).
Maynard was quick to point out that Henderson is a southpaw, which makes fighting him difficult to prepare for. He doesn’t think that it will be a problem for Diaz though.
“Ben Henderson gets away with a lot of stuff because he is a lefty,” said Maynard. “So a lot of people don’t know how to deal with that. Nate knows.”
Diaz will look for his first piece of gold as Henderson goes for his second title defense.
Henderson vs. Diaz will headline UFC on FOX 5 from Seattle, Washington. The main card airs December 8, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. FX will host the preliminary fights and two fights are set to stream from from Facebook.