Maynard Beats Guida in Farcical Friday Night Clash

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Updated: June 24, 2012

What was built as one of the biggest fights of the year turned into somewhat of a farce last night with Clay Guida dancing round the ring doing everything but attack? His style of fighting has drawn criticism from all quarters with thousands eager Brazilian fans walking away from the fight disappointed. This was not what they had come to see.

While the decision was pending Guida’s opponent Gray Maynard hit himself a couple of times on the cheek to stir up the crowd. Sadly he almost placed more hits on himself in those two minutes then his opponent did for the entire night. At one point the referee even cautioned Guida because his pace was to slow. The crowd was disgruntled throughout the match but by the fifth round their boo’s had become deafening.

UFC President Dana White was fairly blunt in his assessment of how the night. “That fight sucked,” he said when asked and then refused to elaborate further. He was however visibly frustrated. After the fight Guida tried to justify his fighting style saying that his game plan was to be unpredictable and that he wanted to avoid Gray Manard punches because he hits like a truck.

Manard did go on to win the fight proving that their is some justice in the world however he didn’t win by much. It was a split descsion with two of the scorecards reading 48-47 in Maynard’s favour and one 47-48 in Guida’s favour. Maynard likely won the fight in the fifth round when he finally managed to lend some right hooks on Guida and actually turn the fight into, well, an actual fight. Up until that point one would have been forgiven for thinking that they were attending dance recital.

4 Comments

  1. G.B Brick

    June 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Well lets see guida plays out the same strategy as condit with hit and run and he lost the fight. there is something really wrong with the judging in mma fights. Guida had more strikes and lost i am perplexed about how this could happen. But it just proves what the dictator says don’t leave your destiny in the hands of the judges cause for sure you will not get a good outcome.

  2. technix

    June 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Something is definitely wrong. I thought Guida won the fight. But hey, if judges are going to start penalizing fighters that run away too much I’m all for that.

    There’s a difference between stick and move …and stick and run clear to the other side of the cage.

  3. Al Van

    June 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I agree with everybody who is knockin Guida for his hit and run ( more run than hit) strategy but you gotta wonder about Maynard not being able to do anything about it. He looked pretty limited himself.

  4. Rudy

    June 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Al Van- agree that Maynard was not very active neither but he took the middle of the octagon and Guida danced everywhere but near him. IMO, Guida did pretty good in the first two rounds. He danced a lot but was active offensively. In the last three, he mainly ran. This fight is only further going to strengthen the Dictator’s feelings about Jackson’s camp. This is especially going to piss him off because he is a Guida fan and since Guida joined Jackson’s he has changed his style.

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