UFC Fight Night 47 Results: 4 Fights for Gray Maynard to Take Next
On Saturday night, Gray Maynard suffered his fourth loss by (T)KO in as many fights. His only win since 2010 was a split-decision win over Clay Guida. He has suffered two first-round TKOs, a fourth-round knockout and then a second-round TKO Saturday.
He was ranked No. 12 going into the fight, but with a loss to the unranked Ross Pearson, Maynard will likely drop out of the Top 15.
Many are hoping that Maynard will retire. His chin has shown serious problems recently.
Should he stick around, let's check out four fights for him to take next.
Before UFC 176 was cancelled, Maynard was supposed to face Fabricio Camoes. Both were on a two-fight losing streak. After the cancellation of the event, Maynard stepped up as an injury replacement for Abel Trujillo, and Camoes was pulled from the card entirely.
With Maynard's loss, a fight with Camoes would still make sense. Camoes has dropped two straight, one by decision to Melvin Guillard and the second by first-round submission to Jim Miller.
This fight could be a loser-leaves-town type of bout, and as Camoes has only four wins by (T)KO out of 14, there isn't a huge chance that Maynard would be knocked out.
Joe Lauzon is currently ranked No. 15 in the lightweight division and is 2-3 in his last five fights. He has lost to Anthony Pettis, Jim Miller and Michael Johnson while earning wins over Jamie Varner and Mac Danzig.
Lauzon and Maynard were previously supposed to face off in December 2012, but an injury to Maynard forced him out of the bout.
This is another fight that makes a good deal of sense. There's not a huge chance of Maynard being knocked out, and both fighters have good name recognition. Despite their current runs, this fight could still be placed on a pay-per-view.
Rustam Khabilov is currently the No. 13-ranked lightweight and is 3-1 in the UFC with two finishes. In his last fight, he faced off against former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Henderson finished the fight with a rear-naked choke in the fourth to end Khabilov's six-fight win streak.
This fight would be more for Khabilov than it would be for Maynard. Khabilov needs a big win to get himself back on track, and Maynard is still a very good name to have on your resume.
For Maynard, it presents a winnable fight against a young and somewhat unproven lightweight that would allow him to get back on track.
Evan Dunham has been in a serious rut as of late. After starting his career 11-0, he has gone 3-6 over his past nine fights, including losing his last four out of five and three in a row.
His last three fights have been a decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos, a second-round submission loss to Donald Cerrone and a first-round knockout loss to Edson Barboza.
Dunham frequently puts on exciting fights, having won Fight of the Night three times, and he needs a win in his next fight or he may be cut.
For Maynard, a fight with Dunham gives him a chance to prove if he still belongs in the division. Dunham has faltered against essentially all of the top-level competition he has faced, so with this fight, we would learn a lot about each fighter.