by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Gray Maynard continued his climb up the lightweight ladder as he was able to take opponent Rich Clementi down numerous times en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 90 on Saturday night.
The first few minutes of the fight made many wonder if Maynard was sticking to a stand-up gameplan against Clementi, as he threw big punches trying to catch his opponent off guard.
As he noted after the fight, Maynard said he was hoping to display his striking skills on Saturday night.
“I wanted to strike a lot more, I have a great coach, we’ve been boxing, he was kind of throwing me off,” Maynard commented following the win.
With about 1:20 left in the first round, Maynard finally shot in for the first takedown of the fight and from there he continuously took Clementi down over and over again for the next two rounds as well.
Unfortunately for Clementi he was just unable to get out from under a very powerful wrestler in Maynard, who controlled top position while peppering the Louisiana native with punches and elbows.
Maynard was hoping for a more exciting fight than what happened as he apologized to the Chicago crowd following the bout. He did admit that Clementi presented problems throughout the fight that forced him to display his dominant wrestling game.
“He’s a vet, crafty,” Maynard stated about Clementi after the fight.
Maynard now heads back to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas where he will wait for his next fight, possibly a match-up against former UFC lightweight champion, Sean Sherk, who defeated his teammate Tyson Griffin earlier in the night.