Quick Quote: Gray Maynard isn't interested in using "gimmicks" to sell fightsPosted on May 24, 2011, 11:27 PM by Joey Santosus
"You got everybody trying so hard to get out there, and I don't know if it's my attitude, but I don't really give a f--k. ...I'm just me, and that's not me. These guys are acting like, I don't know, you're a gimmick. Do you want to be that or is it you? I don't know. It's a gimmick, I think, and it's not me. 98 percent of the people I talk to are like, 'Man, you got to build this fight up. You got to do this.' If the guy's an a--hole then I'll tell him he's an a--hole. But if he's not, then there's nothing to talk about. - For more from Gray Maynard's appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, visit MMAFighting.com
While Twitter wars and trash-talking campaigns have become commonplace among UFC competitors hoping to boost pay-per-view sales, don't expect any such "gimmicks" from Gray Maynard. Widely criticized as a "boring" fighter, many questioned whether Maynard's UFC 125 title match against fellow wrestler and Lightweight champ Frankie Edgar could possibly deliver as the night's main event. However, after a five-round war that would ultimately end in a draw, their third encounter quickly became one of the year's most anticipated bouts.
Edgar vs. Maynard III was originally set to headline this Saturday's UFC 130 event from Las Vegas, Nevada, but was pulled from the card when first Edgar, then shortly thereafter, Maynard, both withdrew from the bout citing injuries. Though no exact date has been set for their return, the match-up is expected to take place some time this August or September.
Photo: Gray Maynard, left, fights Jim Miller during UFC 96 at the Nationwide Arena on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, OH. Francis Specker