UFC 118: Why Gray Maynard Will Beat Kenny Florian

Andrew GladstoneCorrespondent IAugust 27, 2010

Gray "The Bully" Maynard (9-0) will take on former two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Kenny "Kenflo" Florian (13-4) tomorrow night at UFC 118 in Boston.

Many fans and critics of the sport believe that this is Florian's fight to dominate and earn himself a title shot at the winner of B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar.

Maynard, I believe, has a strong chance in this fight due to his ability to get inside with his boxing and his tremendous All-American wrestling background, not to mention that he's a much bigger lightweight.

While Florian is a tremendous fighter, I believe that his biggest weakness is that when he gets hit, he changes into a different, more lackluster fighter entirely, and if Maynard can land his shots, he will crush the dreams of Florian's third shot at the UFC lightweight title in front of Florian's home crowd.

Florian has shown in the past that his wrestling, while it is vastly improved, is still not quite on the level of one Gray Maynard. While Gray isn't known for being a finisher, you can never rule him out of a fight.  Fighters like Jon Fitch, and even current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, are not known as finishers and are among the elite of the elite.  While finishes are more exciting than decisions that does not mean a fighter is better.

I predict Gray Maynard takes this fight via unanimous decision by counter striking Florian with short range hooks and overhand punches in addition to his tremendous wrestling skills.