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Video: Gray Maynard’s Grip Strength is Stronger Than an NFL Lineman’s and His Punch is Harder Than James Toney’s

(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMAPain)

Sure, it’s not exactly proof that he’s a better athlete than a pro football player or that his pugilistic skills are better than James Toney’s, but you have to admit Gray’s numbers are at least a bit impressive.

The Sports Science lab measured the grip strength and the punching power of “The Bully” and it seems that doing rope climbs and hitting the heavy bag are paying off in dividends for Maynard.

His grip strength was measured at 195 lbs — nearly 50 lbs more than some NFL linemen tested on the show who are nearly twice his size. His punching power was clocked at 1400 lbs of force — 100 lbs more than “Lights Out” who outweighs Maynard by at least 60-70 lbs.

The bottom line: Maynard is a strong dude. Frankie Edgar better hope he doesn’t grab ahold of his arm or throat on Saturday night because he might crush them both. And if he manages to connect with a clean shot, “The Answer” might wake up to a question like, “Frankie, what day is it?”

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linaajj- October 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm
XENOPHON- October 5, 2011 at 10:14 am
Karma what you talking about...regardless of inherited, unless its developed one's full potential lays latent. Come on bro, its the 10,000 hour rule that will either carry or refuse the day.
You just earned today's "D-"
XENOPHON- October 5, 2011 at 10:07 am
Sure Maynard is strong, but the fact is after two encounters with Edgar his strength has not carried the day. On the other hand Edgar, wears the title, as he seems to be slightly advantaged in skills. I don't usually jump on the bandwagon for a redux, but these men come to clash and they don't cower.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 5, 2011 at 9:42 am
@Pen; Skills can be inherently gifted to you at birth, you don't have to LEARN a skill or skill set. That just isn't how it works I agree that rope climbing may not correlate into punching power but it is really good strength and conditioning for ones body regardless. Also my first Gym for MMA was Xtreme Couture if I needed to I'd just fly my ass down to vegas I don't need skeletors friends to do my work for be However I don't swing that way but thanks for that very generous offer.
Davestruction- October 5, 2011 at 9:29 am

The thing is I don't disagree with you. I do think this video is complete bull, but then again true MMA fans don't need this kind of stuff to get hyped. I don't even see this being aimed at our kind of audience. I do think this video is a great way to get mainstream audience to watch the fight.

I just wanted you to stop being so negative towards fellow fans and maybe see the positive things in the post.

What I'm trying to say is let's all be friends:)
RwilsonR- October 5, 2011 at 9:20 am
Gray Maynard's Grip Strength is Stronger Than an NFL Lineman's and His Punch is Harder Than James Toney's...
...and his personality is duller than Ben Stein's.
SnackDaddy- October 5, 2011 at 7:34 am
"The bottom line: Maynard is a strong dude. Frankie Edgar better hope he doesn’t grab ahold of his arm or throat on Saturday night because he might crush them both. And if he manages to connect with a clean shot, “The Answer” might wake up to a question like, “Frankie, what day is it?”"
Erm... did you guys forget to watch the last fight? Maynard couldn't knock Frankie down even after hitting with a whole round full of clean shots. Frankie's gonna box Maynard for five rounds and make him look silly just like the last fight. War Edgar!
Me likey- October 5, 2011 at 6:14 am
grip strength does not equal punching power. it comes from core strength, hip and shoulder rotation, foot placement, and punch accuracy. if it was grip strength you wouldn't be able to knock people out with kicks, knees or elbows.
Pen Fifteen- October 5, 2011 at 6:06 am
And for everyone who is so hung up on grip strength, why are there so many high-level BJJ guys in the UFC, who you know must have gorilla grips, that have pillows for hands?
Pen Fifteen- October 5, 2011 at 6:01 am
As a long-time lurker, you ought to be familiar with the CP tradition of calling out bullshit when you see it (you should also be familiar with the CP tradition of Karma producing overly earnest replies and being shat on in response). And as you'll also note, I was not the only person to point out how dumb this segment is in the comments, but merely the first, and I was also the one flamed as a result.
Kind of hilarious that people like MMA because it's "realistic" compared to, say, pro-wrestling, and then when a segment on ESPN mythologizes the actual technique and science behind it, people are falling all over themselves to remind us that it's "just entertainment."
So, if you thought this segment was really cool or something, and are all butthurt that I think it's stupid, you could always consider the possiblity that this says more about you than about me.
LukeTheDuke- October 5, 2011 at 5:55 am
The harder you grip, the harder your fist will be, like getting hit with a rock as opposed to an egg. As a fighter you should just be strong in general and athletic in general.
lynn2030- October 5, 2011 at 4:42 am
Davestruction- October 5, 2011 at 4:01 am
@Pen Fifteen,

Holy shit man, you made a long time lurker come out of his hiding just to tell you:

What's wrong? You're so angry for no reason, flaming everyone because their opinion differs from yours. Take it easy.

Sure, it's not really super scientific, but as Edhedicus said it's just for entertainment. Don't you think it draws some more people to our beloved sport of MMA?

And inate athleticism isn't a skill but you still have to work really hard to get there. It's not like they get it all for free.

I think more than anything being able to train as hard as they do is the reason of the top guys success in the UFC.

Pen Fifteen- October 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm
Hey Andy, do you think you could loan me your book of fucking stupid internet memes? I'm thinking about trying to rib people in the comments section, but I don't want to sound too witty or original in the process, which is an art you seem to have mastered.
edhedicus- October 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm
It is just for entertainment. Anyone that follows the sport, works out at the local gym, even the Ed Hardy shirt guys know this science means nothing. It is just for fun, and a great way to showcase the stars of the game and grow the sport.
Todd M- October 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm
It seems every time they do one of these "scientific tests' it blows the last set of results out the window, I'm not buying it.
skeletor- October 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm
@Pen Fifteen - I might be able to hook that up. I can't guarantee Gray would be into it, but I couldn't deny it either.
HipHopHieronymus- October 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm
Watch Jens Pulver driven there Pen Fifteen, he knows a thing or two about heavy hands and he says it has to do with grip strength.
AndyInflammatory- October 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm
angry nerd is angry
Pen Fifteen- October 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm
Also, being athletic is not a skill, because a skill is something that is acquired rather than inately possessed. This is why no one refers to being smart as a "skill." Seriously, if you would like to blow Gray Maynard, maybe skeletor's friend can give you his contact info.
Pen Fifteen- October 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm
Like I said, there is no correlation between grip strength/rope climbing and being able to punch hard. If they wanted to demonstrate something meaningful about a strength exercise that correlates with punching power, they would have shown him doing power cleans, but that wouldn't have made for such a dramatic 3D visualization. But thanks anyway for your completely unnecessary correction.
Gobbleston- October 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm
I'm amused that they boast his amazing knockout, but fail to mention it being his only knockout.
danomite- October 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm
I'm starting to think these sports science contraptions are about as accurate as Cage Potato's punch machine.
Fatty McDickbutts- October 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm
Fuck this sports science bullshit.


Fuckin' amateur's
Dana_Plight- October 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm
Bullshit. Not true experimental design. Sports Science is quasi-science at best, and the scientists on the show know it. It takes a lot more design, statistical analyses, and banging of head on desk in front of the computer to get decent, non-bias results, and even then it still has some bias.