If any of you expected Gray Maynard to call it quits following his third consecutive TKO loss, you were sadly mistaken.
It appears the former UFC lightweight title challenger has no interest in retiring from professional competition just yet, even though a significant number of fans and pundits have called for his retirement after his most recent loss to Ross Pearson due to a fear of potential brain damage from consecutive knockout losses.
On the latest edition of UFC Tonight, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported that Maynard's manager, Dave Martin, is certain that Maynard is keen to further his career inside the octagon.
Martin added that Maynard is expected to see a neurologist in the meantime to conduct some tests before speaking to the UFC President Dana White afterwards.
White had also mentioned during the post-fight press conference last week that he did not plan on pressuring Maynard to retire following his KO loss, which came as a surprise considering Maynard has been knocked out in his four of his last fight fights dating back to 2011. White's argument was that since Maynard was medically cleared to fight he must have been healthy enough to take the damage.
"Obviously he came here to fight, and he's been cleared medically to fight, I think the kid is healthy," White said following the UFC Fight Night card in Bangor, Maine. "But, you know, it's probably a discussion we might have. I'm not looking to chase Gray out of the game or anything like that. I'll talk to him though."