Coming off a back-and-forth, highly entertaining loss to Ben
Henderson in November, Clay Guida
knew what he wanted.
“We asked for a main event,” Guida told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “We asked for five rounds and
we knew it was going to be tough, being that I was coming off a
loss to Ben Henderson, the eventual champion, and then Gray
[Maynard] was coming off a tough loss to Frankie
Edgar, the champ at the time. It was a shot in the dark, and
luckily the UFC, Dana White and Joe Silva, put it together. Five
rounds of fun, it’s coming up.”
The matchup is set to headline UFC
on FX 4, which is scheduled for June 22 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Guida expects a barnburner.
“He’s a very, very good wrestler with very good boxing,” Guida
said. “We’re going to test his chin. I know he’s going to be trying
to test mine too. He throws very big punches. He also throws very
good combinations and has crisp boxing.”
Maynard had won eight straight prior to his two meetings last year
with Edgar. The first ended as a split draw, and in the second he
suffered a heartbreaking knockout loss. In both encounters, he came
about as close as you can to becoming a UFC champion.
The way Guida sees it, beating a fighter like Maynard could earn
him a title shot.
“If I go out there and beat the brakes off of him and really put it
on him, I think the UFC is going to have a hard time denying us,”
Guida said. “I know Nate Diaz is
right up there. Yeah, he won three in a row, but look, Gray won six
or seven in a row. He hadn’t lost for how many years? … [And] I
went on a decent little run there. I won four over a couple of
tough guys, former world champs, [Takanori] Gomi in Pride and
[Anthony] Pettis in the WEC, and I lost a very, very close fight to
Ben Henderson. So it’s one of those, it all depends on the way of
Regardless of how the fight finishes and the repercussions that
follow, Guida is confident fans will see an entertaining bout June
“Anytime Gray or I step in the cage,” he said, “there’s a potential
Fight of the Night or Fight of the Year.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 45:30).