Nathan Maness
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Pulls out of Gravely fight
BantamweightUFC
March 25, 2021
Manes will no longer fight Tony Gravely at the UFC on April 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Fighting Gravely in April
BantamweightUFC
February 18, 2021
Maness is booked to fight Tony Gravely at the UFC's upcoming April 17 event, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Added to November card
BantamweightUFC
November 13, 2020
Maness is slated to fight Luke Sanders (undisclosed) in a bantamweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Nov. 28, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Maness made his UFC debut at the beginning of August when he defeated Johnny Munoz via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN+ 31. He left some opportunities on the table during the matchup, but he now carries a 12-1 record as a professional fighter. Sanders was also slated to fight at the beginning of August, but he was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. His last fight under the UFC banner came in February of 2019 when he defeated Renan Barao via TKO (strikes) at UFC on ESPN 1. Maness has advantages in both height and reach.
Picks up win in debut
BantamweightUFC
August 1, 2020
Maness defeated Johnny Munoz via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
After preparing to be a heavy underdog against Ray Borg, Maness found himself as a slight betting favorite (-120) heading into this fight. He was patient early, picking his spots before his momentum was interrupted by back-to-back low blows. Some time after the restart, Maness eventually succumbed to one of the several takedown attempts from Munoz. He allowed Munoz to advance position, and while he held off a kimura attempt, he took some heavy ground-and-pound as the round came to a close. Entering the second round behind in the striking battle, Maness fought off takedowns early and mixed in some heavy right hands. A short shot opened up a cut on Munoz roughly around the midway point, but the majority of the frame took place on the clinch up against the fence. Maness did get taken down in the final 30 seconds, but caught up significantly in the striking count in his work throughout the frame. Only 10 seconds into Round 3, Maness took yet another low blow, which finally forced the referee to come in and deduct a critical point from Munoz. Maness didn't necessarily take advantage of the opportunity, however, spending the vast majority of the rest of the fight with his back against the fence. With 40 seconds remaining, however, he was able to score his first takedown of the fight and score a few times before the final bell. The earlier point deduction proved to be significant, as Maness ultimately got the nod from the judges.
Opponent changed for UFC debut
BantamweightUFC
July 31, 2020
Maness will now fight Johnny Munoz in his UFC debut in Las Vegas on Saturday after Ray Borg was forced to withdraw, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The fight will move from bantamweight to featherweight. It will feature a pair of UFC newcomers, with former TKO MMA champion Maness taking on KOTC champion Munoz. Maness has lost just once as a professional, while Munoz is undefeated through 10 fights.