UFC 119: Penn vs. Maynard
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010
Las Vegas, NV
MGM Grand Garden Arena
By process of elimination, Gray Maynard will get the next title shot. To avoid another Gabriel Gonzaga/Mirko Cro Cop scenario, the UFC will likely shelve Maynard until September, instead of risking a loss. It is worth nothing that this will be the first ever fight between a former TUF coach and alum.
What to expect: The UFC will really sell the student-teacher angle. Aside from being Team Penn's No. 1 pick during TUF 5, Maynard flew out to Hawaii to help BJ prepare for his fight with Rodrigo Gracie back in 2004.
In order to sell the fight, expect Joe Rogan to say the following during the UFC 119 preview:
"If you look at the type of fighter that has given BJ Penn problems in the past, it has been a big, strong wrestler, who can over power BJ [cut to clips of Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre pounding BJ's face in]. Gray Maynard fits that mold extremely well."
"Gray has trained with BJ in the past, he was on BJ's team on The Ultimate Fighter [cut to clip of BJ and Gray sparring in the TUF gym], so he knows what BJ is all about."
"BJ is known for his outstanding take down defense, but if there's one guy in the lightweight division who is capable of putting BJ on his back, it's Gray Maynard [cut to clips of Gray slamming Rob Emerson and Frankie Edgar]."
"Gray Maynard is BJ Penn's first ever title defense against an undefeated opponent [cut to clips of Maynard's hand being raised]. This will be the toughest test of his career."
The result: BJ Penn defeats Gray Maynard via Third Round submission (Rear Naked Choke)