17 Sep 2009 11:00:31 AM
(What no one told Gray Maynard about the UFC’s locker room bonuses is that if you win in spectacular fashion, you get a big check. But every time you notch a plodding decision, you get stuck with another orphan.)
A Gray Maynard fight is a little but like a Michael Bay movie. You always know exactly what you’re going to get, and even though it isn’t anything that’s going to change your life, it’s still not a terrible way to spend a Wednesday night if you go into it with the right attitude. What Maynard showed once again against a game Roger Huerta is that he’s patient. He said his plan was to move in and throw no more than two punches at a time before getting out, and that’s what he did. He wanted to avoid getting into a shootout with Huerta, and he was successful. In short, Maynard fought the smartest fight he could in order to guarantee victory. So why does the possibility of him getting a title shot seem more like a threat than a hopeful promise?
It’s simple, really, and the answer lies with Nate Quarry, who also won a decision on last night’s Fight Night card, pocketing a Fight of the Night bonus in the process. As Quarry said in his pre-fight comments, you don’t become a legend by winning decisions. Unless, as was the case in his bout with Credeur, those decisions come at the end of a back-and-forth slugfest. The point is, nobody likes to see a fighter play it safe. Limiting yourself to two-punch combos may be a great way to limit the possibility of being caught with a good counter, but it’s a horrible way to make fans excited about seeing you fight, which is exactly what Maynard himself said is standing in between him and a potential title shot.Read More DIGG THIS