Gray Maynard: MMA training is in its infancy
Gray Maynard, 39, has been fighting professionally since 2006, traveling across the planet, training at countless gyms, and learning. During a recent appearance on MMAjunkie Radio, Maynard said he wanted the raise the level of training in mixed martial arts. He feels that with the opening of the UFC Performance Institute, and a decrease in hard sparring, there is room for the sport to improve. Indeed, he is already coaching some at Xtreme Couture.
“Over the course of my career I’ve been going to different camps, and it’s something that’s always interested me, is how can we make this sport better through training?” said Maynard, as transcribed by MMAjunkie. “Everybody wants all the moves, but I was more interested in how to train. You look at a business, and they’re trying to streamline everything, obviously to make more money, to last longer. That’s how a pro athlete should take their career. How can I streamline everything? How can I get the most out of my career? How can I make money in the long-term? I really feel like MMA is really kind of in its infancy still with the training.”
“I feel like I was ahead of the game on looking for new ways to train. Maybe it didn’t play out on a certain kind of competition, but I was always trying new stuff, was always going to new camps, and always doing stuff. I want to be able to help kids coming up now. Anyone who can make it in MMA, I’m happy. I want to see every guy in here make enough money to retire and do good. It’s a hard f***ing sport.
“A lot of times, coaches and athletes make it harder on themselves, just beating the s*** out of themselves. I really want to open people’s eyes that you can make it a little bit easier, a little bit smarter and just more streamlined. I try to help out whoever asks me, and if it’s a chance to coach, I jump on it.”
Maynard fights Nik Lentz at UFC 229 on October 6, 2018. The contest will be held at lightweight.