Although overall I was impressed with Gray's performance, I must say I was a little shocked. I don't know if I overrated Maynards hands but they seemed EXTREMLEY one dimensional; however still affective. I mean, was he accurate? Absolutely. Was he quick? Defininately. But I mean, He litereally utilized his right hand, to the head and body, and the occasional left hand.
What I'm saying is, all in all, Gray Maynard exectues what he knows almost flawlessly but it seems as though he doesn't know that much.
He needs to work on lateral movement, 3 (at least) punch combos, and LEG KICKS. He doesn't have to be the next Van Damme or anything but at least be able to kick enough to give him a little more length to his shortish frame.
His take down defense is phenomenal, literally couldn't be better, his take downs are excellent (best at LW bar none), and even his top game is decent BJJ-wise: just a little inexperienced.
I mean, he has potential to be the best light weight in the world considering he is the best wrestler at 155 lbs in the UFC, but at the same time if he doesn't expand his game, he will not stay undefeated; even with the good performance last neight, he looked very beatable.
By good I don't necessarily mean entertainment wise (although I was pretty entertained [to an extent] i like Gray) but he fought well against a top tier guy.
You must be joking right/ guida's takedowns are FAR more effective. Maynard had a tough tough time taking Huerta down and couldnt do so at all till later in the fight. Guida pretty muc took huerta down at will and this was when huerta was training regularly. Maynard has solid TD's for sure but to say they are the best is just wrong.
Guida is a beast with his TD's and in my eyes more effective and on top of that they have been more effective against guys with better TDD pedigrees. Guida took Huerta down when he wanted, he took Die down almost at will. Mac Danzig has a pretty good sprawl but Guida rolled through him and he even had his way with Tyson Griffin even though he lost the decision.
Hell honestly I think an even ebtter argument is Sean Sherk's TD's. he may not use them anymore for god knows what reason but when the dude wants to take you down he almost ALWAYS does exactly that and once again has faced higher calibur opponents
I cannot stand the guy ontop of everything he sucks the life out of what should be amazing fights. Dude is good and all but damn he can make shiz boring as hell. Ontop of that he has got to be the most unidentifiable fighter in the UFC what with his ZERO personality and bland boring look lol.
Sorry i know im hating but i cant help it lol.