“I’m going to beat Gray Maynard.”
Those are the words of Nate Diaz and his view of the upcoming, November 30th outcome and bout with, Gray Maynard.
It is the third time the pair will have met and with each fighter holding a victory, this fight decides who gets bragging rights; at least for now.
Of the two fights, Nate has the more definitive cull, with his 2007 (TUF 5) guillotine choke of “The Bully”. Gray, on the other hand, has a split decision win from 2010 (UFN 20) and setting aside any controversies as to whether or not Gray actually won the fight, it is nonetheless, the more important of the two wins, because it’s part of the official record.
Regarding Maynard’s win Nate queries, “Ask him how he won the fight. I bet ya he doesn’t have too good an answer.”
Fans can assume that Gray’s answer to Nate’s question will come next Saturday night and in its usual form, which is a lot of aggression, power and pace. However, as Nate says, “he’s nothin’ I haven’t dealt with before.”
This should be a good fight and well contested.
Regardless of this being a trilogy bout, both fighters are having rough patches and could use the win; particularly Nate. If Nate loses that match, it’ll be his third loss in a row and although he’s not likely to be cut (he’s too good a draw), Nate won’t want to be on a three fight losing streak. He simply has too much pride. As such, he’s going to be well motivated to get the win; Maynard or no Maynard.
For Gray, it was only two short fights ago that he was contesting for the lightweight belt and in back-to-back challenges. Since then, he’s stumbled a little and a win over Nate on Saturday would not only secure him the trilogy, but also put him back on a path to title contention.
Top of the card next Saturday should be a good scrap. Put it together with the TUF 18 finale fights and fans should have an entertaining night of MMA to watch.