(Photo of Gray Maynard courtesy of GrayMaynard.com)
Leading up to his recent fight with Phil Baroni, there was not only a lot of bad blood, but also a lot of questions about Frank Shamrock’s relevancy in today’s iteration of mixed martial arts. He may not have answered all the questions, but against a legitimate threat like Baroni, Shamrock did show that his skills are still extremely relevant. Despite receiving some damage himself, Shamrock was able to control nearly every aspect of their fight en route to a second round rear naked choke that finished the fight.
Gray Maynard definitely left with a sour taste in his mouth after his bout with Rob Emerson on this past weekend’s finale of The Ultimate Fighter Season 5. He picked Emerson up and slammed him through the mat in the second round, Emerson immediately tapping out. The thing is, Maynard buried his own head into the mat at the same time he slammed Emerson and although the referee initially stopped the bout due to the tapout by Emerson, the Nevada State Athletic Commission officials in attendance subsequently ruled that neither fighter was able to continue following the slam and thus ruled the bout a no contest.
Following a loss to BJ Penn in 2005, his third straight losing effort, it appeared that Renzo Gracie was on his way out of the sport of MMA, at least as an active competitor. Now, three fights and three victories later, the 40-year-old Gracie is still going strong. Since the loss to Penn, he has strung together victories over Carlos Newton, Pat Miletich and Frank Shamrock. Also head coach of the playoff bound New York Pitbulls in the IFL, Renzo shows no signs of slowing down.
There has been speculation that Shamrock and Gracie are on course for a rematch, maybe we’ll find out tonight.
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