UFC: Gray Maynard Wins in Spit-Decision, Fans Lose

    June 25, 2012
    Chris Gabbard
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Last Friday Gray Maynard got a split decision victory over Clay Guida at the UFC main event in Atlantic City, but it was the fans that lost out in this fight. The key lightweight match-up seemed like it was going to be a brawl from the get go, but what fans saw was anything but.

Maynard tried to turn it into a slugfest early, but Guida danced around the ring, avoiding him at all costs. Truthfully, this is both of the fighter’s faults. If Guida thought that he was outmatched standing up, than it is only natural to circle the ring and look for the right opening. It isn’t the manliest way to stay in a fight, but at least he was trying to play to his strength. If Mayard wanted a slugfest he should have done a better job of closing in an cutting off Guida’s footwork.

At one point, Mayard dropped his hands and stuck out his chin, in an effort to give Guida some free shots. Guida obliged, and it looked like we might see some action. Guida landed three punches before Maynard took back control and went straight into a guillotine. It looked like Maynard might get the quick submission, but Guida slammed him and was able to pull his neck out. So there was some action, brief though it was. At one point referee Dan Miragliotta warned Guida about running, but that was about it.

The lackadaisical fight did not go unnoticed, neither by the fans, nor UFC president Dana White

Whether you place the blame solely on Guida, or give some to Mayard for not closing the bout, one thing is certain, the match did not deliver, and fans are pissed. Most of them put 100% of the blame on Guida:


[source: Yahoo Sports]
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  • sam

    these UFC guys should save their $ – lucky to have banked what they have – this whole thing ufc is looking like American Gladiators: a fad that captures interest, but with a shelf life

  • Taco Bender

    Sam- you are wrong, it’s been growing strong since the beginning days with Royce Gracie, and Pat Smith, Hackney, Severn, they refinde it and turned it into a viable sport, just because you don’t get it, doesn’t mean anything. It routinely kicks boxings ass. Get a clue a decade plus of success isn’t a fad. American Galdiators is about the poorest comparsion you could make, try harder next time.

    It’s hysterical that Mike Miller commented, he’s been collecting charity NBA checks for years now, he makes a couple buckets and now has something to say, get in the ring you crippled bum, see if you “Mr. Burns” routine gets you out of the first minute with Guida, hell lesser fighters.

    Styles make fights, Clay doesn’t get knocked out, and he submits people, Gray can wrestle, but didn’t, wanted to strike can knock people out, why would Guida play to his strength? Frankly Dana should have had an idea that it could suck. I don’t care about the result of the fight, neither one imposed there will on the other = fight sucks.

  • DAWG

    Really Maynard and White??
    Dana White your comments and the fact that the ref helped Maynard clinch and you have no problem with that is disgusting!! Quite obvious that the fight was close so to have the idiot in strips take a point away because Guida didn’t stand there and take a punch was ludacris!! Can you say “RIGGED”???
    And Gray Maynard…you get upset because Clay Guida showed the world that you’re NOT the fighter that YOU think you are??? If you get someone that’s not an intelligent fighter to stand in front of you and let you hit them you’re fine. But if someone eludes you and MAKES you actually work to land a punch….well we saw where that gets you!! Put on your big boy drawers, suck it up and actually TRAIN for the fighter you’re dealt next time!!
    Personally I didn’t much care for the fight, several of the undercards were MUCH better. HOWEVER, in my eyes Clay Guida landed more thus scoring more than Gray Maynard….but if Guida was the top contender for the belt (especially, after that fight) how much money would that make for Dana White?? Was that an earbud I saw in the refs ear?? I wonder who might have been giving HIM directions??? “I’M TAKING AWAY ONE POINT FOR NOT ALLOWING GRAY TO HIT YOU.” Hmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

  • b jones

    that was the worst decision i have ever seen in the ufc. are you kidding what about imposing your will on your openet. clay was far too fast and grey was beat down.grey wanted to brawl and clay gave him a boxing lesson. this has to go down as the worst decision ever! grey should retire and hide from public view. this is an outrage.