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There are two major intangibles that may come in to this fight, and they are both in TJ Grant's favor.
The first one is cage rust, as Maynard has not fought since late June of last year, and even that fight was not as busy as he would have liked it to be. Maynard has only fought once in the last 18 months.
Nine months between fights is a significant break for anyone, and Maynard may be slow out of the gate. Grant has fought three times in that span and may be quicker to the punch.
The other intangible is the motivation factor, and these two men are in very different spots at this point in their careers.
Maynard is an established star who has been on the cusp of a UFC title recently and is looking to get back to his past glory in the division.
Grant is no spring chicken, and he is the closest he has ever been to UFC title contention. He is hungry to get to where Maynard has already been. It is always easier to be the hunter instead of the hunted at the highest level of the game.
Grant will be as ready as he has ever been for this opportunity against Maynard, but the question is: Does Maynard feel the same about Grant?