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Gray Maynard mixing it up with Joe Lauzon on NYE Weekend

Two UFC lightweights coming off significant success will dance on December 29 in the form of a bout between former title-contender Gray Maynard and bonus-snagging scrapper Joe Lauzon. Lauzon was last seen choking out Jamie Varner earlier this month on FOX, while Maynard earned a Split Decision over Clay Guida in a June match-up memorable for both good and bad reasons.

UFC officials announced the bout earlier today. Though not confirmed yet, the card is believed to be labeled as UFC 155.

Maynard’s meeting with “The Carpenter” drew a good deal of criticism from fans displeased with Guida’s decision to remain elusive instead of actively engage. However, he shouldn’t have a problem in that regard when it comes to Lauzon, a 22-7 stand-out who has finished every opponent he’s beaten and only seen the scorecards in defeat a single time. In addition to Varner, Lauzon also holds past wins against the likes of Jens Pulver, Jeremy Stephens, and Melvin Guillard.

A TUF 5 cast-mate of Lauzon’s, Maynard holds an overall record of 11-1-1 including success against Nate Diaz, Jim Miller, Kenny Florian, Roger Huerta, and Frankie Edgar.

UFC 155 is expected to be headlined by a heavyweight title-fight between champion Junior dos Santos and former divisional king Cain Velasquez.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    Little bit of a head scratcher at first glance, but for Maynard all the top guys are already booked (Bendo-Diaz, Pettis-Cerrone pending), he’s already fought them (Frankie, Miller, Guida), or they’re not yet in the UFC (Melendez, Chandler, Alvarez).

    So that leaves Lauzon as a solid opponent on the path back to title contention. Like Brendhan said, Lauzon will bring the fight to Maynard but I don’t see it working out well for Joe this time.

  • Lord Faust says:

    So, four months of Maynard saying “he’s a tough guy”. Should be a good fight, though.

  • Weak, not that it wont be a good fight, but I would rather see Maynard vs pettis or cerrone.


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