Gray Maynard learned from draw with Frankie Edgar, not planning to make...

Gray Maynard learned from draw with Frankie Edgar, not planning to make the same mistakes at UFC 136

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“It wasn’t that I got tired. I had that adrenaline dump. All your hopes and goals and everything you could ever hope for, that you trained for, is right there. It’s happening, you know? And you see it. And then it doesn’t. It hits you and you’re drained. Afterwards, you’re like, ‘What happened?’ You feel lazy. Your arms feel heavy. Your legs feel heavy, and that’s how I felt after the first round. You learn from it. Now I know. – For more from Gray Maynard, visit Cleveland.com (via MMAMania.com)

It was just New Year’s Day and 2011 already had a frontrunner for fight of the year: Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar vs. challenger Gray Maynard. The two went toe to toe for the duration of their grueling five-round title fight, only to have the bout declared a draw. However, it wasn’t just the razor-close nature of the fight that made it an instant classic, rather it was the champ’s ability to persevere in the face of defeat. After eating a series of heavy shots in the opening round, Edgar appeared to be fighting on borrowed time heading into the second stanza. But, in a miraculous turn of events, “The Answer” battled back to take the majority of the remaining rounds, effectively evening the score on the judges’ cards and retaining his title.

With both fighters now finally cleared to return to action, Maynard insists that he won’t be making the same mistakes again when the two meet at UFC 136 in October. But, what do you think LowKick’ers? Will “The Bully” finish what he started in the first-round of their January match-up, or will the lionhearted champ leave Texas with the gold still wrapped around his waist?

Photo: Gray Maynard, left,  fights Jim Miller during UFC 96 at the Nationwide Arena on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, OH. Francis Specker.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/reesch_me reesch_me

    uhhmn in other words..you got tired!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/whitey whitey

    I understand what he’s saying … it’s almost light fight or flight.

    When you fight you have to stay composed and calculated – in that state your body will react how you have trained it to react. However you can’t really train for ‘fight or flight’. So when he had Frankie on the ropes he gets all the adrenaline pump through his body and afterwords he’s useless.

    Have you ever been really scared and had to run and your legs feel like 1000 lbs, probably something similar to that. (I hope that kind of made sense lol)

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Rigo Rigo

    its always the same dumb statements
    i won’t make the same mistakes , what F##$ mistakes?
    you step into and the cage and for ones fight like he should be

    he could not finish Frankie Edgar! period! there’s no mistakes
    if he would have been more patient while Frankie was hurt people
    would have started saying that he didnt go for the kill bla bla bla

    Maynard just keep training and please! go out there and fight like you did last time!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/thealex thealex

    i hope maynard lays out edgar. maynard!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Ryan22 Ryan22

    Who’s frankie edgar?????

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ogobska ogobska

    the one who lays out maynard for 4 rounds.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ogobska ogobska

    still rooting for the answer this time, speed +skills +cardio+HEART = domination

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DavidSaucier David Saucier

    I really hope to see a finish this time around.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DirtyBox DirtyBox

    You seemed to misunderstand what he said. He made the mistake of not controlling his emotions in the octogan. When you experience an adrenaline dump, it leaves you very fatigued. Thats the mistake that he is talking about.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ksooner76 ksooner76

    yeah no shit Frakie coming back was just luck too because
    he has so much more skill he was waiting till the last round
    to make his move since he couldnt do it in the first…Grey is a ****
    im sorry but if Frankie wouldnt of got caught in the 1st he would of won
    and this next fight will be huge difference

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JTalbain JTalbain

    I’m waiting for the day they give the title shot to Guillard so he can destroy the champ, but in the meantime, I think Edgar’s got this one.