Maynard may have retired if he lost to Guida

Monday, May 20, 2013

It’s been almost a year since Gray Maynard’s last fight, a split decision win over Clay Guida. The fight was the main event of a UFC on FX card and was one of the less exciting fights in the history of the UFC. Guida bounced around as he does and he and Maynard barely exchanged in the fight. Maynard was frustrated with how the bout went and says he considered not fighting again had the decision gone the other way:

Had one of the two judges who sided with him in the main event of UFC on FX 4 this past June given just one more of the five rounds to Guida, Maynard wonders if he’d even be the subject of a story right now.

“Most of the time, people get pissed at what I’m doing (in a fight),” Maynard told ( “But that time, I got pissed at what he was doing. It’s an emotional sport. That happened, and thank God I got the win on that – because I don’t even think I’d be in the sport right now.”

As in retire? Quit? Adios? Maybe, the two-time lightweight challenger said. Had his hand not been raised, he might have just walked away.

“I don’t even want to talk about it,” he said. “I can’t believe it was a split. (But) it happened. I thought long and hard about that.”

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