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*UPDATED* Gil Martinez Says Maynard is Likely Leaving Xtreme Couture to Train at AKA; Gray Says He’s Undecided

(Plan “B”: Boy band — PicProps: MMATKO)

Gil Martinez appeared on Mauro Ranallo’s “The MMA Show radio program today and the head boxing trainer and coach at Xtreme Couture dropped a bombshell about one of his highest profile students.

According to Martinez, he’s pretty sure that  former number one UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard has decided to cut ties with the Vegas gym and is planning a move to the San Francisco Bay area where he will train American Kickboxing Academy moving forward. There, Maynard will join a top-tier team that includes notables like Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick, Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, Josh Thomson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

Martinez told Ranallo that he was hurt and disappointed that Gray decided to move without discussing it with his Xtreme Couture stablemates and coaches, but wishes him the best at his new gym.

Besides his recent knockout loss to Frankie Edgar, part of the reason for Maynard’s departure could be comments Martinez made about his camp for the bout. He revealed in his blog after the bout that he wasn’t involved as much in Maynard’s camp as he has been for previous bouts.

“In the corner I was just playing it by ear and looking for certain things since I wasn’t exactly sure of everything he had been doing since I wasn’t completely involved with his camp this time around, though I wish I had been,” he explained

Martinez  also mentioned in the weeks after the fight that he didn’t agree with Gray’s decision to not train every day at Xtreme Couture for the camp.  Instead, “The Bully” decided it would be best if he he rented out a gym closer to home and bring in training partners to train with so he didn’t have to travel to XC every day for the eight weeks before the bout.

Although he says that no official decision has been made by Gray, from what he is hearing, it’s all but a done deal.

Attempts to reach Maynard for comment have been unsuccessful. We’ll have more updates as we receive them.

*UPDATED at 7:30 pm ET on Monday, November 21, 2011:
Gray texted us the following statement regarding his supposed switch in camps:

“Nothing for sure yet. Just training, getting new looks. I love [Xtreme Couture], but there’s a lot to learn out there.”

So it seems that he is strongly considering a change of scenery, however he’s taking his time and putting a lot of consideration into where he’ll eventually land.

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XENOPHON- November 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm
HAHA, yes your right. Sounds like one Maynard may have put the cart before the horse.
On a more logical note, why go to a camp who has a majority of fighters that can't gain the belt - or as lost their titles?
If Gray, maybe he should reconsider moving to Brazil to hone his skills. It's not as if there are no Brazilian champions to go train with.
Plus, if he did need to sell his house he could get a good deal on one in Brazil. The Brazilian Real is 1.8 to the U.S. Dollar.
chzhss- November 22, 2011 at 11:57 am
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Iskander Neptu- November 22, 2011 at 3:19 am
@ghostboner - haaha! nice reference. Yes, Jerky-fu is the answer for Maynard.
Well, what i meant was that in the first Edgar fight he was all left-hooks, in the second fight he was all lead uppercuts. Boy can't box, only punch hard.
SnackDaddy- November 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm
Every time i see a picture of Gray Maynard, i'm reminded of one of those anti-pot commercials.
ghostboner- November 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm
@Iksander - more than one strike at the same time eh? I know of a guy who could show him some killer simultaneous punch/kick combos.
Mark86- November 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm
lol rex you are damn rite he is a great fighter :)
RSparrow- November 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm
AKA improved the old one dimensional Koscheck greatly... I say it's a good move.
Casa de los pantelones- November 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm
Yeah, but it's a sweet cadillac.
ReX13- November 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm
Mark86 >> That was no typo. Cormier deserves mentioning twice.
mcw89138- November 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm
Gray will stay at Xtreme Couture once he realizes he'll be unable to sell his house in the current Vegas real estate market and would have to live out of the trunk and backseat of his Cadillac while training at AKA.
RwilsonR- November 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm
I heard he saw the master gameplanners behind Cain's last fight, and he wanted in.
Mark86- November 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm
Hey i thought there was only one Daniel Cormier you guys listed two when mentioning AKA fighters :0)
Iskander Neptu- November 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm
Maybe at AKA they will teach him to throw more than one kind of strike at a time.
Fried Taco- November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm
I heard he was upset that Xtreme Couture wouldn't change their official team color to gray.
zhangdd- November 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm