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Gray Maynard sees new opportunities in lightweight division with Frankie Edgar out of the picture

Even though UFC lightweight Gray Maynard was among the large contingent of viewers who felt Frankie Edgar did enough to defeat champion Benson Henderson by decision last weekend at UFC 150 he isn’t necessarily upset to have seen the judges score things the way they did. In Maynard’s eyes, Edgar’s loss may have been unfortunate for “The Answer” but was beneficial to a number of other people including him.

Maynard addressed the matter this week on MMAWeekly Radio where he explained, “It opens up things for me. It opens up things for (Anthony) Pettis because he beat Benson. If Nate (Diaz) beats (Henderson) that opens it up for me more because there’s a trilogy. He beat me once and I beat him, so we could do the third fight. There (are) a lot of options.”

Diaz is currently scheduled to face Henderson in December in the main event at UFC on FOX 5. He and Maynard met once as cast-mates on the Ultimate Fighter where Diaz scored a submission win, then again in January 2010 where Maynard avenged the stumble with a Split Decision victory.

In fact, Maynard even feels as though Diaz dethroning Henderson is a distinct possibility based on momentum and overall ability.

“Nate’s on a roll; I think he’ll pull it out. If he does, I know he was begging for me for a long time, but for me I was looking at the title and that’s a fight that would be a great fight for the title,” said Maynard, even mentioning the possibility of the two serving as TUF coaches to promote the pairing.



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