Former President of Legacy FC and one of two current UFC matchmakers, Mick Maynard earned his BJJ black belt from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Renzo Gracie earlier today in New York.
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“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 said today at the 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 has been training for approximately 15 years and currently trains at a Renzo affiliate in Houston, Texas where he lives.