Nate Maness



Returning this summer
May 12, 2022
Maness is being targeted for a bantamweight matchup against Umar Nurmagomedov at the UFC event scheduled for for June 25 in Las Vegas, MMA journalist James Lynch reports.
Maness has started his UFC run with three consecutive victories, including back-to-back Performance of the Night bonuses. He'll now face a fellow prospect in Nurmagomedov, who is 2-0 with the company. Nurmagomedov is part of a long line of Russia-based fighters who employ a wrestling-heavy approach. While Maness does have a respectable 86 percent takedown defense, it's a short sample size, and he has already been taken done three times in the UFC -- none of which bring the caliber of wrestling Nurmagomedov does. Maness is a solid grappler himself who could hunt for submissions, but he also has some power in his hands, with five career KO/TKO victories, including one in his last fight against Tony Gravely.
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Rebounds following slow start
September 18, 2021
Maness defeated Tony Gravely via TKO (punches) at 2:10 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Maness had to dig deep in order to keep his undefeated UFC record in place. Seemingly on the short end of a 10-8 score in Round 1, Maness appeared out of sorts and unable to generate any consistent offense in early going. He likely would have been knocked out in the final stages of Round 1 had he not been saved by the bell. There was no clear indication the tide was turning in Round 2 before Maness connected flush with a right hand that essentially ended the proceedings right then and there. The comeback effort would ultimately lead to him walking away with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Maness has quietly won each of his first three UFC bouts, and 14 of his first 15 as a pro. Keep an eye on him.
Gravely fight rebooked
August 16, 2021
Maness will take on Tony Gravely in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 18, James Lynch of reports.
Maness was supposed to fight Gravely back in April, but an injury forced him off the card. Prior to that Maness last fought back in November where he submitted Luke Sanders. That brought his career record to 13-1.
Pulls out of Gravely fight
March 25, 2021
Manes will no longer fight Tony Gravely at the UFC on April 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
It's unclear why Maness will no longer fight Gravely. Anthony Birchak will take his place. Maness has won his past two fights, but it's now uncertain when he'll fight again.
Fighting Gravely in April
February 18, 2021
Maness is booked to fight Tony Gravely at the UFC's upcoming April 17 event, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Maness will face Gravely, a product of Dana White's Contender Series, in a bantamweight matchup. Since making his UFC debut mid-2020, Maness has picked up back-to-back wins. He'll look to keep his momentum going come April.
Earns upset in prelim opener
November 28, 2020
Maness defeated Luke Sanders via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:29 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Maness looked game early, and the two weren't hesitant to exchange. He even took the back of Sanders at one point, but Sanders escaped and landed some big combos in the final 30 seconds of Round 1. The second round saw the fast-paced striking continue, with Maness more than holding his own. As the midway point of Round 2 approached, Maness caught Sanders with a left hand to the temple followed by a vicious straight right. Sanders looked to recover on the mat, but Maness took his back and locked in an airtight choke. Sanders has been in the UFC since 2016, but Maness got the job done here as a (+130) underdog. After the fight, he mentioned both Adrian Yanez and Nathaniel Wood as fellow bantamweight prospects he'd like to face. Later in the evening, he was selected for one of four $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses.