Former title contender Gray Maynard to drop to featherweight

UFC featherweight Gray Maynard

UFC featherweight Gray MaynardFormer UFC title challenger Gray Maynard has announced that he will drop down to the featherweight division. The fighter made the announcement via his Twitter page.

Maynard began his UFC career with a stint on the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” On the show, he defeated Wayne Weems and Brandon Melendez before falling to eventual champion Nick Diaz in the semifinals.

After the show, Maynard won his first eight bouts inside the Octagon to earn a shot against then champion Frankie Edgar. During his streak, he defeated the likes of Diaz, Edgar, Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta.

At UFC 125, the former Michigan State wrestler got out to an early lead against Edgar. However, the champion eventual fought back in the later rounds to earn a draw on the judges’ cards. The two rematched at UFC 136. Once against Maynard started out ahead, but Edgar staged a comeback and finished the fight in the fourth round.

Since UFC 136, Maynard has struggled. He won his return bout against Clay Guida via split decision. He then dropped four-straight fights. In his last outing, he dropped a one-sided decision to Alexander Yakovlev.