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Maynard: Champ Henderson Is “Not The Best”

Kelsey Mowatt

Gray Maynard

Gray Maynard is likely one win away from receiving another crack at the UFC lightweight title, and if he defeats TJ Grant this Saturday at UFC 160, the perennial contender doesn’t believe the division’s best fighter will be waiting for him. At a time when champion Benson Henderson is winning over some detractors with his current title run, Maynard apparently isn’t one of them.

While appearing on Monday’s edition of MMA’s “The MMA Hour”, the 30 year-old Maynard reportedly had this to say when asked whether Henderson is the promotion’s top lightweight.

“He’s not. He’s good though. He is good. Tough to beat. He’s that guy that’s hard to beat, but not the best.

“I think he has three bouts that could’ve gone either/or, that were very close. And to be honest I scored three of them to the other guy — the two Edgar’s and Gil. But it could’ve gone either way.”

While Henderson continues to sit at the top of the lightweight fighter chain, at least rankings wise, he may continue to have doubters until he records more clear cut wins (like he did versus Nate Diaz). Speaking of critics, there have also been fans who have expressed reservations as to whether the winner of Maynard and Grant should be tapped to fight Henderson next. On that issue, Maynard offered this:

“I don’t know what to say to that. I just do what the boss tells me to and I believe I’ve been a top guy. I believe I’ve beaten the champ, but it was a draw, and I slipped up a little bit. Just trying to get back to that belt.”

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