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Photo of the Day: Jose Aldo Brings in Gray Maynard to Train for Chad Mendes

(Photo courtesy of Combate.TV)

It looks like Gray Maynard will be eating Brazilian kicks and punches for Christmas in the delicacy’s native land.

The former number one UFC lightweight contender will be in Rio de Janeiro for the next few weeks to help UFC featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo prepare for his January 14 UFC 142 bout with Chad Mendes. Aldo invited “The Bully” to Brazil as his style is very similar to Mendes’. Gray arrived on Wednesday and will stick around until after the event in three weeks.

Maynard has become a Ronin of sorts since breaking away from Xtreme Couture following his loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 136 in October, training at several gyms including American Kickboxing Academy where he is rumored to be settling at full time. Maynard maintains, however that he is still testing the training waters and hasn’t decided where he’ll set up shop for his next camp.

Until then, he’ll have to endure the third world country of Brazil where they have no Internet or buses.

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XENOPHON- December 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm
I think we are distant blood bros. There are a few here that have been around the block via a B-7474 and had some fast times at Ridgemont High, but they keep quite. Yet, many can't believe there such lives outside of their X-Box 360, or their own lives - where they know it all. Just look at that fucker, RWilsonR (GRIN)
It's been some times since I've been North that far, but I have people in affluent part of a city called Beaverton. I almost moved up there for one of those Law/MBA programs (willamette), but it was too spendie at my age (44 y.o.). I was also accepted to there, UC Irvine, and Claremont for a PhD - but the doctoral part of teaching at a Tier 1 school is all about years of sucking ass to get a tenured position - fuck that just to get a second career. I got the cash, but the $250k for tuition is not worth it to me.
I too like Scandinavian bitches, as I am half Dutch/closer to the krauts. I talk allot of shit about Jews, its not racist. Only that I have a business partner for a decade that was adopted into a Jewish family. Aside from learning some sophisticated business techniques, I fucking hate that prick, and won't listen to any Jewish bullshit. And if I ever saw his ass cross the street in front of me, he'd end up much like that black fucker Bruce Wilson ran over in Pulp Fiction.
I dive too, PADI since age 14. Mostly the knowledge is used now for safari's to deep baja - where all the Mexican's fill each other with lead, or out to a small island called Catalina. If I wear tanks, I have my fathers old twin 70's steal tanks (with J-Valve) and the double hose OG Jacques Cousteau regulator.
When in Hawaii, its simply a sling - as I enjoy the hunt when spear fishing. I used to be stationed in the SF bay area. Surfed everyday I could ditch work, and after many years the frigid water fucked up my joints as I was too cheap then to by - so I am guessing you own a nice fucking dry-suit?
macreadysshack- December 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm
I laughed at your description of that family on the modded scooter. I've seen four people and a baby, dudes with ridiculous loads and/or livestock on a simple two wheeled scooter. They really get the most out of their machines! I don't know if I could do ten 2x4's and two chickens several miles without crashing. Hell, I was almost a grease spot a couple of times when all I had to worry about was me on there.
macreadysshack- December 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm
I'm in the Greater Portland area up here in the Pacific NW. Also a native of the same and also stuck here until some goddamn thing makes sense.
Too true about the 'walk-about'. I've done several all over the place and if it's not a good time, it's at least a hell of a learning experience.
Those two Austrian chicks in Goa and a few others are all I have met. I've had the consistently best experiences with Swedes, Norskies, Dutch (!) and Aussies. I'm a 200-210 pound red bearded Norge, though, so it kinda makes sense.
Cool that you relate, man. Seriously hard to find around here.
On the surf in Goa - I'm afraid I can't speak to that intelligently. I'm a scuba diver who has only body boarded - never surfed. I bet I'd like it, though. Plus, most of the places I was at in Goa seemed really sheltered from the ocean.
Actually, I do remember one time I took the Austrian chicks to an beautiful and completely isolated beach north of Palolem in Southern Goa - we were playing in the ocean and doing yoga on the beach . . . the surf looked/felt tremendously powerful. I think I was a little too far out for most surfers but it sure did seem like a perfect place for it.
XENOPHON- December 23, 2011 at 10:47 am
Let me ask you about Goa....was there any decent surf in Goa, or the surrounding coastal area?
Funny, I met some hot Austrian chicks, but in Kings Cross, Sydney. Actually they had the best personalities of most pussy I ever met...and for year later I wanted to Austria.
Reading your experience, reminds me of why few around can relate to the simple act of the mater which country one's in.
Where are you Shack geographically located now McCready...I'm stuck in Southern California (I'm a native of the same) for the next year and half, unless I land something that makes sense.
macreadysshack- December 23, 2011 at 9:23 am
@ Xeno That's pretty easy for me. There's nothing like driving in the third world. Thailand and India were by far the best. Riding a scooter with a hot Austrian hairstylist chick's tits pressed into my back, to an old red bricked Portugeuese fort growing out of the jungle on the ocean in Goa, still had huge brass canons on the ground . . . That x10 = expoloring in India AND Thailand. So many awesome adventures in Thailand . . .
Had fun in England, too, getting used to driving like a jouster - right hand to right hand. A day trip through Cheddar Gorge to pick up badass hard cider then to Glastonbury and finishing a couple pints of said hard cider by king arthur's grave . . . Awesome. A night spent in Stratford upon Avon, watching the Royal Theater do King Lear.
Jesus, I need to get out more these days.
XENOPHON- December 23, 2011 at 8:07 am
No harm in betting on the guy who has kicked ass in almost every one of his fights.
Of all the place's your driven, what that place with the best stories. For me, Thailand by far. A family of nine riding a hopped up moped...I was in the back of roll bared pick-up taxi and watched them all take a digger doing about 45 mph. They lost a fight for lane position with a Thai Tour bus.
By the time the light went from green, to red, to green they got the scooter back up, the bamboo outriggers straightened, all had lots of visible raspberries and big frowns, but got back on their way.
SnackDaddy- December 23, 2011 at 3:07 am
What's more interesting: an interview of Gray? Or watching paint dry?
itsgalf- December 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm
especially when Maynard walks around at 200+ lbs
RoJoegan- December 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm
If Aldo has trouble making weight, it’s not going to be due to any weight cutting errors, except for the one where he’s fucking huge for 145—he makes a gut-heavy Maynard look small in that picture.
Lesnarischamp- December 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm
poor Gray, he won't even have internet in Brazil to skype with his family over christmas..
macreadysshack- December 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm
@Xeno . . . I think so, too. I can't say that I feel very clever for it, though. It's easy to say the betting favorite is going to win.

@HandsofGold Doesn't matter, just a stupid detail but now I'm all thinking about it. I doubt Gray is doing any driving down there. They prolly just cart him around and show him a good time. I would drive there but I've driven in Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, India, England and Germany - I see Gray as being a little more of a sheltered American but, obviously, I don't him and don't know shit about him - just jumping to conclusions.
macreadysshack- December 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm
@HandsofGold . . . That's what seems more than fair to me. Just travel, expenses and entertainment. Jesus how would that not be a good time.
XENOPHON- December 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm
Aldo, by bully beat down. You think Mendes could tear Faber apart, no way. Aldo, by bully beat down.
HandsofGold- December 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Im sure they paid his travel his stay and will be compensating him on a lot of other different things. Extra money, Car, girls etc....
Get Off Me- December 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Mendes is worth betting on.
After watching Aldo, if you are a stand up fighter, you have no chance of winning. The only remote threat to this guy is wrestling and Mendes has that in spades.
Aldo's weight cut will go horrible and Rogan/Goldie will underline this fact about 3-4 times during the fight while Aldo is on his back if it Mendes ends up controlling him on the mat for the majority of the contest.
macreadysshack- December 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Yeah, this cinches it, Mendes is now properly phucked. Aldo's obviously serious about this fight, I can't see him making any weight cutting mistakes but I guess it could happen.
Do you guys have any guesses about what it would take to get Maynard down to train with Aldo? I mean, if I was Maynard, I would pay to train with Aldo but I wonder if Aldo is paying him or just paid for his travel and some expenses or what. Anybody got any guesses or an inside track on that sort of thing?
Morningwood- December 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm
I think Mendes chance all depend on Aldo's weight cut. If Aldo has a good cut, Mendes will have a bad cut by the end of the fight.
Boo- December 22, 2011 at 11:52 am
Mendes is going to get ruined.