Maynard ready to "bully" Huerta
Story by David L. Hudson
Gray “The Bully” Maynard has not lost a fight in his professional MMA career, sporting a record of 7-0 with one no-contest. In his last three times in the Octagon, he has defeated Frankie Edgar, Rich Clementi and Jim Miller. In fact, Edgar’s only loss as a professional was to Maynard and Miller’s only losses have been to Edgar and Maynard. Suffice it to say, Maynard has “bullied” his way to an impressive mark.
On September 16th on Ultimate Fight Night 19 he faces perhaps his toughest task as a pro when he faces the talented Roger Huerta – he of the Sports Illustrated cover and movie star opportunities. Maynard took time to speak with Fightnews about his upcoming fight and other topics.
You face Huerta on September 16th. Is this your biggest fight yet?
Perhaps though I’ve already had a couple of really big fights, such as the Edgar fight. I think every fight is a big fight and I’m ready.
You are undefeated in your professional career. Does that put any added pressure on you?
Not really because I’ve been wrestling since I was really young. I’ve lost numerous times during my long wrestling career so I know how to handle it if it happens. But, it is always the goal to win.
You’ve had the opportunity to work with two of the sport’s greatest legends in B.J. Penn and Randy Couture. What have you learned from those two?
Good question, I’ve learned so much from them. B.J. is just an unbelievable athlete and talent; I’ve learned a lot about jiu-jitsu working with him. And from Randy I’ve learned so much about peaking and knowledge about the sport. He knows everything about everything it seems and he is a really smart guy. He doesn’t talk a lot but when he does I try my best to be a sponge and soak it all up.
Can you explain for some readers who may not know how you got the nickname “the Bully”?
Sure, it started with my dog who was a bull terrier and was something of a bully. The nickname stuck because I trained pretty hard in the gym and some people somewhat jokingly said ‘you’re a bully.” But, I’m really a nice guy.
Obviously, you are best known for your wrestling given your collegiate background and such, but how did you become so proficient in boxing?
Because Gil Martinez is a great boxing coach. He has really helped me a lot. It’s a process just working and improving. I’m in the gym all the time learning and trying to improve all aspects of my game.
Any message for your fans?
I want to thank them for their great support all the time. It takes a long time to get good at this sport and just appreciate their support during the process.
Lastly, any prediction on the bout?
I don’t predict but I expect a good fight and I’m very well prepared.
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— David L. Hudson Jr. is a feature writer for Fightnews.com and the author of Combat Sports: An Encyclopedia of Wrestling, Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts.