When it was first announced that Diego Sanchez will get a crack at BJ Penn's lightweight strap, quite a few people complained, saying guys like Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard deserve it more. Gray Maynard talked to CagePotato, and when asked about deserving a title shot, he says he's not quite there yet:
Do you think you’ve done enough to deserve consideration for a title shot?
In my head, no, I haven’t. The key is, you’ve got to have people who are eager to pay to check you out. After the TV show, it was a slow development for me. I had to keep learning in the gym. I could strike a little, but not much. Jiu-jitsu, I was okay. So I had to improve on all that. If I keep doing that, I think people will start to say, ‘Hey, this guy is good. I want to see him again.’ It’s coming, but I’m not there yet.
He also talked about his UFC Fight Night opponent, Roger Huerta:
I’m expecting him to be 100%. I’m prepared for him to be tough. You could talk yourself into thinking that he’s not going to be prepared or motivated, but that’s the wrong attitude to have. I’m prepared for a tough scrap.
When I watch his technique, he comes straight and doesn’t use too many angles. He makes up for all that with heart, though. He really does. He just keeps going, and that’s always a tough fight.
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