Gray Maynard Set to Return Against Fabricio Camoes at UFC 176


Gray Maynard Set to Return Against Fabricio Camoes at UFC 176

Gray Maynard will be looking to get things back on track and his mission to do so will start with Fabricio Camoes at UFC 176. 

The former two-time lightweight title challenger will face the Brazilian veteran when the UFC hits The Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 2. The tilt between Maynard and Camoes will be a featured bout on a card that will be headlined by the highly anticipated rematch between featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.

The matchup was initially reported by the Los Angeles Daily News on Monday then confirmed on the UFC's Twitter account.

Whereas the former three-time All-American wrestling standout kicked off his run under the UFC banner in 2007 by putting together an eight-fight winning streak which earned him two shots at the 155-pound title, Maynard's path through the lightweight ranks has been a rough road as of late.

The 35-year-old returned from a lengthy stint on the sidelines in June 2012 to defeat Clay Guida, but he was then dealt back-to-back losses by TJ Grant and Nate Diaz respectively.

The former contender will need a win over Camoes in the worst way in order to remain relevant in a lightweight division that has grown increasingly more competitive over the past three years.

There are also heavy implications on the line where Camoes is concerned as well. The 35-year-old Rio de Janeiro native has competed under the UFC banner on five occasions and amassed a 1-3-1 record during his time inside the Octagon. He is currently in the midst of a two-fight slump with his most recent setback coming when Jim Miller defeated him via submission at UFC 168 last December. 

Duane Finley is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotes are obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 15 days ago
  • 192 views

Nate Diaz put on an impressive performance against Gray Maynard at the TUF 18 Finale. Diaz return to the Octagon at UFC on Fox 13 against Rafael dos Anjos in Phoenix on Dec. 13. read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 68 views

Nate Diaz entered a late-2013 bout with Gray Maynard in what was essentially a pick’em matchup among oddsmakers. The fight itself, though, proved to be a far more lopsided affair.Filed under: News, U read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

Fabricio Camoes knows MMA can be grueling. After all, this is a fighter who, in just second pro bout, went more than 25 minutes against MMA great and eventual UFC champion Anderson Silva. Filed under read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – After suffering the first two losses of his career in the octagon, Tony Martin reversed course and saved his UFC job.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

Luiz Cane moved back up to the light heavyweight after leaving the UFC in 2012, and he’s hoping to return to the Octagon next year. The Brazilian veteran, who has been dealing with a few injuries rec read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC Lightweight T.J. Grant revealed that his recovery from concussion is going slower than anticipated, and that he has no timetable set for his return. At one point in time, T.J. Grant was expected read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 5 views

Junior Maranhao’s last time out in April was a bit of a weird experience. But now he has title hopes in the RFA, and hopes for a future call from the UFC.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC veteran Brandon Vera is set to return on Dec. 5, when he takes on URCC heavyweight champion Igor Subora at ONE FC: Warriors Way. read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 3 views

A fighter's success is what helps them elevate their profile and earn bigger opportunities, but oftentimes, setbacks and adversity show the true measure of who they really are. When Glover Teixeira s read news >>