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Maynard backing Nate Diaz to take title from Henderson


It doesn’t look like Ben Henderson can count Gray Maynard as a member of his official supporters club.

Lightweight contender Maynard twice challenger Frankie Edgar for the belt, scoring a draw in the first match and losing by KO in the second.

Nonetheless, he tells MMA Weekly Radio that in his opinion the UFC 150 rematch between Edgar and Henderson should have gone Edgar’s way instead of a split-decision in Henderson’s favour.

“I thought Edgar pulled it out, but whenever, it’s a close one; the judges, it’s all up to them I guess. He pulled out a couple close ones against BJ [Penn] and me and then he had this one; it was close, so it could go either way I guess,” he said.

Since the fight it has been announced that Henderson’s next title defence will be against Nate Diaz on December 8. It will headline the UFC on FOX 5 card and will be one of the most high-profile matches of the year. It should also be one of the most action-packed.

Maynard is picking Diaz to win the belt - and he hopes to be his first challenger if he does.

“Nate’s on a roll; I think he’ll pull it out. If he does, I know he was begging for me for a long time, but for me I was looking at the title and that’s a fight that would be a great fight for the title. I’d like to do the TV show against him if that’s the case,” he says.