More than six months ago, Gray Maynard went soul searching. This Friday night in Atlantic City, he intends to make the type of statement that will shake up the ultra-competitive UFC lightweight division.
After spending 2011 battling injuries and inner camp turmoil while suffering two missed attempts at the lightweight crown, Maynard decided it was time to switch things up. He set out to find the missing pieces of the puzzle.
His journey took him to Brazil and then San Jose, where he traded the bright lights of Las Vegas for the laid-back vibe of California. This decision not only has allowed Maynard to recapture his peace of mind but also to reignite the evolution of the fighter inside of him.
The first stop on his journey was Brazil's Camp Nova Uniao, where he trained with the likes of Jose Aldo and Renan Barao in Rio de Janeiro. The former three-time All-America wrestler was an instrumental part of Aldo's pre-fight preparation for his bout with Chad Mendes. In the process, Mayn...