Long time UFC veteran and former TUF standout Gray Maynard is ready for new challenges in a new weight class. 

Maynard (11-5-1) is set to make his featherweight debut against Fernando Bruno at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on July 8. A former two-time title challenger “The Bully” fought for the belt twice in 2011 against the then champion Frankie Edgar. In both fights Maynard had him badly hurt but was unable to put the tough and durable Edgar away and at UFC 136 it was Frankie who was able to come back and finish the fight. Since then Maynard has found it tough to taste victory having lost his last four bouts, most of recent a unanimous decision loss to Alexander Yakovlev in April last year.

Bruno (15-3) lost his UFC debut back at UFC 190 where he was submitted by Glaico Franca with only seconds remaining in the fight. Fighting out of the now world-famous Nova Uniao camp Bruno has won five of his last six.

Maynard has fought and beaten some of the worlds best lightweights in Nate Diaz, Kenny Florian, Clay Guida, Jim Miller, Frankie Edgar and Roger Huerta. The 37-year old college wrestling standout possesses some of the heaviest hands in the 155-pound division and he will be looking to carry that power over to his new home. The UFC’s featherweight division.

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