Gray Maynard calls out Artem Lobov after TUF 25 Finale – because he doesn't want another Ryan Hall

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LAS VEGAS – Two-time lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard celebrated a win over Teruto Ishihara at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale while venting at his previous opponent, Ryan Hall.

Maynard, who officially dropped to featherweight a year ago, called out critics who wrote him off after a loss to Hall and asked to fight Artem Lobov, declaring: “I’ll never take another fight that the person’s a coward.

“Everybody is like, ‘He got beat, he’s done.’ No, I’m not done. That was nothing. He didn’t even punch me. I barely even punched him. There was no risk in that fight (with Hall). It was a waste of time. And everybody still called me out. That’s not my fault. He’s the (expletive); he’s the coward. And I’ll never take a fight like that again.”

Maynard (13-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) went back to his wrestling roots against Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC), repeatedly taking the fight to the mat and grinding out the Japanese prospect. Judges ruled it a complete shutout, awarding unanimous 30-26 scorecards in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Maynard came into the fight on a bad skid, losing five of seven bouts since a title rematch with now ex-lightweight champ Frankie Edgar ended in a knockout loss. But he said MMA observers who advised him to retire only provided motivation.

“Yeah, they have (written me off),” he said. “But that’s OK, because every article, every tweet I see about ‘Gray should retire,’ ‘Gray should do this,’ all I read is what they would do if they were me. They would retire. They would quit. I don’t quit. I don’t quit until I win.”

Win he did. And at 145 pounds, Maynard feels unstoppable.

Check out his emotional post-fight interview in the video above.

And for complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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