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Is Gray Maynard Talking About Jon Jones When He says MMA Fans ‘Like Sh*t That Isn’t Real’?

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Finally, some interesting stuff from Gray Maynard. The No. 1 contender for the UFC lightweight title – and one of the most hated-on guys in the industry — has some harsh words for on-deck championship challenger Anthony Pettis in this new interview with MMAFA.tv. Also, a bit later on it sounds suspiciously like he’s referring to light heavyweight champion Jon Jones when he remarks that people in MMA today like “shit that isn’t real.” There are some unusually probing questions here too from Jon Luther, who does a nice job going above and beyond the normal, “So, how’s training going?” of your typical MMA interview. Some choice cuts from Maynard are after the jump.

Since Maynard roomed with Rashad Evans way back when both guys wrestled at Michigan State, it makes sense to ask Maynard about MMA’s current feud of the moment, pitting Evans against former friend Jones. It’s no surprise whose side Gray is on:  “Shit man,” he says. “A lot of people have Rashad wrong. He’s the most down-to-earth guy, unbelievably nice …

“The ‘problem,’ though, is that Rashad likes to tell the truth in the media. Everyone likes to go the politician-route, the motherfucker who lies. People need to realize that if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. People who are real, they don’t like that. They like Hollywood these days. They like shit that isn’t real. They get mad at him because he talks from the heart.”

Huh. We wonder who he could possibly be talking about when he says MMA fans “like Hollywood these days.” Oh wait, just to clear that up, Luther asks him a follow-up question:

JL: Some people have noticed that Jon Jones has really taken after Rashad Evans. He’s been accused of taking Rashad’s title shot, his training camp, and apparently his style. Some people think he’s taking over Rashad’s life.

GM: Well, like I said, if it’s too good to be true then it usually isn’t. I mean, I’m not going to say nothing about nobody, but Rashad is my boy and he’s a real person. I like real people. I hate fake people. Absolutely hate them.

On the topic of Pettis, who Maynard will likely fight if both guys win their next bouts, he was  even less diplomatic.

“I mean, who has he fought?” Maynard says. “I’ve been in the trenches this whole time fighting the toughest guys. He throws one kick and then he’s the greatest in the world?

“Let’s look at who he’s fought. Ben Henderson is the best name. And I don’t mind fighting him; I don’t care if I win the belt and then I have to take him on. But for me, guys like (Jim) Miller, (Gilbert) Melendez and all of these guys who have been on the fucking grind, fighting the best competition for the past few years … that’s what I look at. Who have you fought? I don’t care about how good you looked when you fought a scrub. That doesn’t matter. If a guy isn’t good then you’re supposed to look good. And for me, (Pettis) has fought one good guy in Ben, and he isn’t proven yet. He’s tough as hell, but we’ll see.”

Pettis’ trainer Duke Roufus has responded via Twitter, read that here.

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duneflyer- May 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Wilson.. come on... dont be hatin' on Ryback.. he is just a cook.
mDino- May 9, 2011 at 10:24 am
Orin Boyd vs mma
AndyInflammatory- May 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm
he hates Pettis for the same reason he laps up Miller and Melendez. His use of the phrase "...on the grind" says it all.

Gay for wrestling.
frndlylion- May 8, 2011 at 3:26 am
If gray beats Frankie I dont see him keeping the belt long. He is too one dimensional and yes boring. I say boring because I dont want to see someone flail on top of another guy with no chance of ending the fight. That's exactly why I get pissed at Fitch. He has submission skills but NEVER uses them. You have to take risks to be a great fighter. Maynard doesnt take those risks.
The problem with this all is that I dont see him beating Frankie Edgar. Hate on me all you want but I feel I have a valid reason. Frankie has not only outclassed BJ Penn twice he overcame huge adversity after almost being KTFO. Edgar is going to come out exactly like he did in round 2 of their last fight and Maynard will have nothing for him. Just like BJ didnt.

I'll admit I never thought Edgar would beat BJ. .... Twice.
Spicymeatball- May 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm
@Jimbonics

Milwaukee would be a city not a state.
JoLo1- May 7, 2011 at 7:21 am
Isn't the Pettis fight about unifying the titles? It's not about the merit of Pettis as champ
SnackDaddy- May 7, 2011 at 1:09 am
"if it’s too good to be true then it usually isn’t"
such profoundness can only be expected from the bully. i love this guy but he talks some shit, that's fo' sho.
Sabado Gigante- May 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm
STOP TRYING TO SLANG ME SOME NIKES!
jimbonics- May 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm
"If u pant a house gray"
 
and the motherfucker couldn't be bothered to spell out the state he lives in; not that he could.
 
These are reasons I don't do the twitter thing. I got 140 characters for you:
 
FUCK OFF!
Dizzylittlelord- May 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm
his last fight against edgar was incredible, but the dude is usually boring because he goes to his bread and butter and grinds stuff out like fitch. but now he has nasty hands to contend with so its interesting
PauliostheGreat- May 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Gray does not lay and pray. When he gets someone to the ground he tries to GNP all night. Maybe he doesn't have the knockout power some have, but to say he is a boring fighter is a little outragous. Second I think Gray Will win his fight against Edgar. Might not be a stoppage, but it will be a good fight. All of you who say a fighter is boring because he hasn't finished a majority of his fights is just ignorance. I hate lay and pray just as much as everone else, but I can also see a good fight even if it doesn't end and two guys are throwing leather and elbows on the ground.
SethF- May 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Milwaukee^
Cup Cheick- May 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Only one way to solve this... The first ever UFC Tag Team Tournament
The_Dead_Cow- May 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm
U kill me wilson, u forgot tooth fairy, superman, and Michael Jackson.


What's milw weather? I can't seem to figure that one out.
RwilsonR- May 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm
I'm with Gray - I also hate fake people... fucking Santa Claus, Sasquatch and Casey Ryback. Fake ass bitches! Real people are the best.
Jonny5- May 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Fact: Gray "The Bully" Maynard 10-0-1, 1NC is top 3 in the world at LW. Fact: Only 3/12 of his fights have not ended in dec. Those being against Josh Powell (both their debut fights, Powell has since become 3/2), Robert Emerson (then 6-6, now 11-10, 1NC) where he knocked himself out on a slam, and Joe Veres(4-1 then, 4-3 now). Fact: Maynard owns a win against current UFC LW champ by dec. I think based on these 3 facts its safe to say that The Bully is in fact a wrestling based or "lay and pray" style fighter. The thing is is he is really good at it and does it to everyone.
ExpectJesusBro- May 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm
Gray vinyl siding holds up just fine. My parents have had it for 20 some years.
KarmaAteMyCat- May 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm
Not to be that guy. No I'm just kidding I love being that guy. Maynard verse pettis seriously? Who really thinks Anthony would beat gray in a Cage fight? why would you kid yourself. I know your reading this Duke it's not personal it's just business VIVA XTREME COUTURE.
Fried Taco- May 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Gray is normally used as a primer.
Peppered 2 Death- May 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm
I saw that tweet by Duke Roufus yesterday and hadnt the slightest effin clue as to what it meant, because everything is usually about classes at his gym. Now everything makes much more sense. Representing Milwaukee for sure, i am hoping Pettis does the city proud.
dim mak- May 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm
in that case, count me in with the haters. gray's a boring ass fighter, and i hope he loses to edgar. and why is he hating on pettis? jealousy does not become you.
Harms- May 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm
It's funny he brings up Miller. Who exactly has Miller beaten? Tibau, Shalarous? Pettis' resume is just as strong as Miller's.
intercept440- May 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm
with 2 knockouts and 8 decisions ide say your prolly right
omunto- May 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm
@dim mak

The implication is that he lay-n-pray's I believe.
dim mak- May 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm
why is maynard one of "the most hated-on guys in the industry"?
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