Jun 22, 2012; Atlantic City, NJ, USA; Clay Guida (left) fights Gray Maynard in a lightweight bout during UFC on FX at Revel Resort and Casino. Gray Maynard won the fight by split decision in the fifth round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

UFC On FX 4: Gray Maynard Defeats Clay Guida In Bizarre Bout

Gray Maynard was awarded a split-decision victory (48-47, 47-48, 48-47), but he was far from satisfied. He initially refused to shake hands with Clay Guida and the two exchanged words outside the cage.

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UFC On FX 4 Enjoys Friday Night Demos Wins

With help from a superhero, UFC on FX 4 enjoyed a ratings bump in two important demographics. Here's the release from the network:

LOS ANGELES – UFC Fight Night on FX 4 saw ratings increases across the board vs. UFC on FX Fight Night 3, and combined with Iron Man, propelled FX to #1 for the night in Adults 18-34 and Men 18-34.

UFC on FX Fight Night 4, which saw Lightweight contender Gray Maynard defeat Clay Guida by split decision, was up in all key demos vs. UFC on FX Fight Night 3 (Johnson vs. McCall): +32% in Adults 18-49 (921 vs. 697), +47% in Men 18-49 (722 vs. 492) and +20% in Total Viewers (1,306 vs. 1,086).

The combination of UFC on FX and its lead-in Iron Man helped FX ranked #1 for the night in Adults 18-34 and Men 18-34, and #2 in Adults 18-49, Men 18-49 and Men 25-54. Four fights in, UFC on FX Fight Nights are exceeding FX’s year ago time period average by +37% in Adults 18-49 (907 vs. 633) and +93% in Men 18-49 (658 vs. 341).


UFC On FX4: Guida, Maynard Offer Differing Viewpoints

Gray Maynard and Clay Guida clearly had different agendas Friday night in the headline bout on the UFC on FX4 card. Maynard won the bout with a straight-ahead attack, while Guida tried to hit and run -- mostly run. Our good friends at MMA Fighting have a look back at the very strange main event.

Guida's view:

"I think mixed martial arts is, the guy who gets hit the least, usually is the victor. I can't wait to see the Fightmetrics or whatever it is and see the strikes that I landed against the strikes that were thrown."

Maynard's view:

"He'd hit, and, it's not even moving, it's moving to the other end of the cage," Maynard said of Guida's strategy in the post-fight press conference. "A couple steps, I understand that. You're still in the pocket. You're still there, able to hit me. But you've got to understand, it's a fight still. You can't just go to the end of the cage and then back to the other end and back to the other end the whole time. You've got to give me a chance too."

UFC president Dana White didn't like it, saying "that's not a fight." The Twitterverse didn't appreciate it, either.

What did you think?


Gray Maynard Defeats Clay Guida, Wants Frankie Edgar IV

All was eventually forgiven, but Gray Maynard was mad as hell Friday night at Clay Guida’s game-plan en route to working his way back into the lightweight title picture.

Guida used his footwork to stick and move early in the five-round main event of UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City, N.J., but that footwork eventually turned into running. Maynard responded with psychological tactics, flipping Guida the bird and challenging him to bring it. When Maynard was able to get inside, he landed his share of shots. And the judges rewarded Maynard with quality work over Guida’s style.

Maynard was awarded the split-decision victory (48-47, 47-48, 48-47), but he was far from satisfied. He initially refused to shake hands with Guida and the two exchanged words outside the cage.

“I thought I won that fight fair and square with all three judges, but I guess it was a split decision,” Maynard told the audience. “I thought Guida came to fight. 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.”

Maynard (11-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) returned to the win column after he was knocked out by Edgar last October in the third bout of their trilogy. The Bully will have to face another top contender (Anthony Pettis?) before he’s seriously considered as the next No. 1 contender, but he knows he can solve “The Answer” and expressed a desire to fight Edgar for a fourth time during his post-fight interview.

Maynard handed Edgar his first MMA loss and in two subsequent bouts was inches from knocking out the then champion in the first round. Against Guida (29-10 MMA, 9-7 UFC), he overcame the frustration over the Carpenter’s “Dancing With the Stars” routine and apologized for his anger while addressing the media.

“Personally, I don’t act like that,” Maynard said. “It’s a fight, but I was pissed off. I’m a human, too. I get mad. It’s nothing personal. It was a fight, it got heated, and he’s a cool guy. I’m glad we can just drop it at that. I try not to act like that.”

UFC president Dana White, however, wasn’t so forgiving.

“That fight sucked,” White said. “I don’t know how to expand on it any more. He was literally running. I had some guys who are fans on Twitter saying, ‘Great footwork.’ This isn’t (expletive) ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ You can’t win a fight by running around in circles – that’s not how fights are won.”

The Jersey Boys went 1-for-1 on the event’s preliminary card. Dan Miller submitted Ricardo Funch with a guillotine choke 3:12 into Round 3. Nick Cantone was bloodied and beaten by Chris Camozzi until the doctor stopped the bount at 1:51 of the third.

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)

-- See MMAFighting.com for more coverage

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UFC on FX 4 Primer and Predictions

What: UFC on FX 4

Where: Revel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey

When: Friday, the eight-fight FUEL card starts at 6 p.m. ET and the four-fight FX card starts at 9.

Main Event: Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida (five rounds)

Co-main event: Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher

Local Fighters: Dan Miller (Whippany, N.J.), Nick Catone (Hamilton, N.J.)

Maynard vs. Guida
Guida has gone the distance 14 times in 41 fights. But if he wants to defeat Maynard, he’ll have to put him away early, and give that he’s won just four bouts by knockout that’s far from a given. The Carpenter loves to set a frantic tempo where as the Bully is methodical in his attack. Maynard, however, can strike quicker than a rattlesnake (ask Frankie Edgar). Even when suffering his first MMA defeat, Maynard tested Edgar harder than any man before him. He returns to the Octagon after spending eight months rejuvenating and working with a new team at AKA. You never discount Guida. He can go 10 rounds if necessary and still run in place while granting a post-fight interview. He’s also been up this mountain before, getting close to grabbing the prize before losing his footing. Maynard won’t knock him out, his preferred method of victory. He’ll instead turn to his wrestling roots while unveiling some new wrinkles. Maynard unanimous decision

Stout vs. Fisher
Two very talented lightweights stuck in the middle of the shuffle square off in their trilogy bout. Fisher, 36, is a competitor who refuses to give an inch. Stout has flirted with greatness and at age 28 still has a lot more to offer. “Hands of Stone” takes a big step forward. Stout unanimous decision

Cub Swanson vs. Ross Pearson
Once a promising lightweight prospect and now a current featherweight, Pearson is 2-2 in his last four fights. To be fair, he dropped a close split decision to the explosive Edison Barboza and is off a December win over Junior Assuncao. Swanson has alternated wins and losses since Jose Aldo destroyed him in eight seconds. Both fighters have high ceilings, and each have found that next level elusive. This will be fun and will be close, but I’m still a believer in “The Real Deal.” Pearson split decision

Brian Ebersole vs. T.J. Waldburger
Ebersole is a crafty veteran of 65 MMA matches. In none of them has he suffered a knockout loss. Having won 10 straight, his last three over Chris Lytle, Dennis Hallman and Claude Patrick, the Bad Boy may actually be peaking. Waldburger has upside but also lots to learn. Despite winning his last two via first-round submissions, he’s not ready for prime time just yet. Ebersole submission 3.

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UFC on FX 4 Headliner a Must-Win for Both Maynard, Guida

Normally loquacious, Clay Guida refused to bite. Bombastic inside the Octagon, "The Carpenter" sounded bothered by "Hairgate" when discussing UFC on FX 4 Friday night at the Revel in Atlantic City, N.J.

“You guys will see Friday night. Next question,” Guida said.

As MMAJunkie.com first reported, Guida (29-12 MMA, 9-6 UFC) will braid his long locks before competing against Gray Maynard (10-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) after Maynard’s camp filed a complaint with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. "The Bully" denied any prior knowledge of such a protest, which he reiterated to reporters.

“A person [in my camp] inquired on it a while ago,” Maynard said. “It came out, obviously, and that’s how I knew about it. They thought it might be more of an issue because (his hair) is longer now. I didn’t even talk to them about it that much. I just said, ‘All right. It’s up to you guys.’ ”

Friday will be the first time in Guida’s career he will wear braids and to avoid distractions, he complied with the NJAC’s request. Later on, he also warmed up to the topic.

“It’s not even a headache,” Guida said. “It just shows me their camp’s mind is elsewhere and I’m focused on the task at hand, and that’s victory. Friday will tell. I’m not really putting more into it than there should be. It’s only a hairdo. We go out there, and it’s all about heart and who’s more determined to get their hand raised. I’m so driven in this fight, and we trained so hard for it. Victory will be mine.”

Guida, off a November loss to Benson Henderson that cost him a shot at then lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, has no choice. In fact, neither does Maynard, who owns a victory over Edgar and came this-close – twice – to knocking him out and taking the title. Fight No. 3 last October ended in devastating fashion, a fourth-round knockout that handed the Bully his first MMA defeat. He has since done what every fighter coming off a loss does, learn from it and make every attempt to return stronger. That included the radical change of moving from Xtreme Couture to the American Kickboxing Academy.

“For me, it hurt. But I knew I had to go back, look at everything, adjust a lot of stuff and evolve," Maynard said.

If Maynard, 33, wants his career to evolve to the peak of the deep lightweight division, a decisive win over Guida is an absolute must. Henderson and Edgar are fighting again in August. Anthony Pettis – he of the "Showtime Kick" that bested Henderson via decision in December 2010 – is lurking. And next in line is Nate Diaz after a tremendous victory over Jim Miller at UFC on Fox 3.

"There’s a big traffic jam in the division now – and now it isn’t me causing it I think it sucks!" Maynard said. "Winning on Friday night against Guida isn’t good enough. I know I’ve got to knock him out, make a statement, to make my case for a title shot.

"My girl is pregnant and that changes your outlook in life. I don’t just want that belt for myself now, but to secure the future for my kid who’s about to come into the world. Being a world champion and having big fights secures my kid’s future."

Maynard is thinking big, because Guida, 30, has yet to be knocked out in nine years of combat sports. Guida is also well-aware of the nefariously stacked lightweight division, so he too will be going for the KO, even if his hair won’t be swarming like mosquitoes.

“You guys will see a big surprise come Friday,” Guida said. “I train with it sometimes up in a ponytail, and my teammates ask me, ‘Why do you train with it up and put it down (for fights)?’ And I tell them, ‘Like Kid Rock says, ’Long hair swingin’, middle finger in the air.’ It’s time to go.’”

“He’s a crazy guy,” Maynard said. “You expect everything. It could end quick. It could go all the way. I’m just prepared. It’s a fight, and anything will happen. I’m prepared for that.”

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Hairgate Begins UFC on FX 4 Hype

A five-round bout between lightweight contenders Gray Maynard and Clay Guida headlines UFC on FX 4, where the top storyline to date is 'Hairgate.'

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