UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard earns jiu-jitsu black belt from Renzo Gracie

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After nearly 15 years of training in the art, UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard is now a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

Maynard was awarded the rank earlier today in New York by legendary trainer Renzo Gracie.

“It’s been about 15 years, and I always said to myself, ‘You’re a kickboxer. It doesn’t matter that it took you five years longer than average,'” Maynard joked at the ceremony earlier today at Renzo Gracie Academy in New York. “I’ve always liked jiu-jitsu a lot, and I just really maintained so that I wouldn’t get tapped out all the time, and then as the years went on – and more importantly since becoming a member of Master Renzo’s association, Renzo Gracie Academy – the like and the love has become a passion, so it’s almost unusual in a sense that I’m getting my black belt now, because I love it. All of my family does it, and it’s changed my entire life.”

Maynard, the former president of Legacy FC, has been a UFC matchmaker since 2016. An Australian native, Maynard currently lives in Houston, where he trains regularly at a Renzo Gracie affiliate gym.

He also spent several years training under Eric Williams at Houston’s Elite MMA.

“Perseverance pays off,” Gracie told MMAjunkie. “Eight years as a brown belt, and today he kicked my ass. A well-deserved black belt – welcome to a very select family.”

Gracie, of course, is a former PRIDE and UFC veteran and member of Brazil’s famed Gracie family. 

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