Selasa, 26 Juni 2012

UFC on FX 4: Clay Guida avoids, frustrates and loses to Gray Maynard

MMAjunkie.comATLANTIC CITY -- After 25 minutes of frustration, Gray Maynard was mad enough to spit nails.
Fellow UFC on FX 4 headliner Clay Guida dodged him, frustrated him and seemingly taunted him with an elusive game plan that made him nearly impossible to corral.
In the end, though, Maynard got the satisfaction of a split-decision victory in one of the more bizarre UFC main events in recent history. The five-round non-title fight headlined UFC on FX 4 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey and aired on FX.
Tempers were already tested well before the clash of perennial contenders. In the weeks prior to the event, Maynard's representatives filed a complaint with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. They wanted Guida's trademark locks, which flail about like mini-whips due to his herky-jerky footwork, in braids prior to the fight. The regulatory body complied, though Guida said he had no hard feelings over the complaint or the board's decision.
Instead, it was Maynard who quickly became the heated party.
The fighters traded punches early in the bout, and Guida quickly opened a cut on Maynard's nose with a dagger-like jab. Guida then maintained his frantic pace through the first two rounds, and Maynard simply couldn't connect with anything substantial as his opponent darted in and out of range.
In the third round, Maynard came out a bit more aggressively and landed a few sporadic punches. After more dancing and Guida's takedown defense, though, Maynard threw up his arms in clear frustration and then flipped him off before the round ended.
In the fourth round, Guida again proved elusive, though he complained that Maynard tried to corral him by grabbing his braids. Maynard kept chasing and eventually landed some short punches, and he then trapped Guida against the cage to land knees to the chin. As Maynard hurled insults, Guida shot for a takedown, escaped a guillotine choke, and then simply smiled as he returned to his corner.
Guida, who initially was the crowd favorite, had the fans turn on him by the final frame. But Guida provided some action and stunned his opponent with a head kick and combo. Maynard landed some blows and finally cornered Guida, who had been warned by referee Dan Miragliotta to engage, but he simply couldn't connect on anything substantial before the round's end.
A clearly irate Maynard (11-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) refused to shake hands with Guida (29-10 MMA, 9-7 UFC) after the fight, and he was in no better mood despite the scores, which were 48-47, 47-48, 48-47 in his favor.
"I thought Guida came to fight," Maynard said. "I came to fight. I wanted to get bloody and have fun. It was a five-round fight, and I wanted to prove to people I could go a full five. ... I thought I won that fight fair and square with all three judges, but I guess it was a split decision."
Stout tops Fisher in trilogy bout
In the night's co-headliner, Sam Stout defeated fellow lightweight Spencer Fisher via clear-cut unanimous decision.
Five years ago, the duo split a pair of hugely entertaining bouts. The rubber match lacked some of the theatrics of their first two meetings, though it proved a typically entertaining affair from the veterans.
While closer than the scores would indicate, Stout (19-7-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) topped Fisher (25-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC) via shutout unanimous decision with 30-27 scores across the board.
Full UFC on FX 4 results:
Gray Maynard def. Clay Guida via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Sam Stout def. Spencer Fisher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brian Ebersole def. T.J. Waldburger via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cub Swanson def. Ross Pearson via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 4:14
Ricardo Lamas def. Hatsu Hioki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ramsey Nijem def. C.J. Keith via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:29
Rick Story def. Brock Jardine via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Steven Siler def. Joey Gambino via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 2:47
Chris Camozzi def. Nick Catone via TKO (doctor's stoppage) - Round 3, 1:51
Matt Brown def. Luis Ramos via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:20
Dan Miller def. Ricardo Funch via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 3, 3:12
Ken Stone def. Dustin Pague via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Contributing: Matt Erickson


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