Gray Maynard not retiring, still wants to fight in the UFC

Gray Maynard wants to return to fighting 

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Following his third straight knockout loss in a row, Gray Maynard knew questions about his potential retirement were going to start circling like vultures around an injured animal.

The former lightweight title contender has fallen on hard times of late losing four out of his last five bouts in a row with all four losses coming by way of knockout or TKO.  Prior to those defeats, Maynard was undefeated in his career.

Concerns for his long term health have been brought up a number of times, but it appears Maynard is going to keep soldiering forward following his latest KO loss to Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night in Bangor, Maine.

According to a report on UFC Tonight via Ariel Helwani, Maynard’s manager David Martin says that his client still wants to continue with his fighting career.  The current plan is for Maynard to travel to South Dakota to go through a battery of tests to check his brain for verify there’s no trauma or potential for long term damage before any final decision is made.

If he’s cleared, Maynard wants to return to the Octagon again for at least one more fight.

Some of Maynard’s colleagues don’t necessarily agree with the decision, especially after watching a third consecutive brutal knockout inside the cage.

"I think he should hang them up," UFC on FOX analyst Brian Stann said during UFC Tonight.

Stann’s sentiments were echoed by Kenny Florian, who actually fought Maynard during his time in the UFC, while both were chasing the lightweight title.  Florian retired when his back continued to give him problems while training and he believes health should be at the top of the list for Maynard as well.

"I think it may be time for him to retire," Florian said.

Regardless of what his peers are saying it seems Maynard will try to get back in the Octagon for another go if doctors clear him and give him safe clearance to return to action.