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 victory.”

Regardless of how the fight finishes and the repercussions that follow, Guida is confident fans will see an entertaining bout June 22.

“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).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber get in heated debate

  • a day ago
  • 196 views

Watch a highly entertaining interview between TUF coaches Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber who argue about several topics. Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber were at the Fox Sports studios to promote the read news >>

Ben Henderson vs. Thiago Alves, several other bouts set for UFC: Korea

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 views

Five bouts have been added to the UFC: Korea card, including the headliner in Ben Henderson vs. Thiago Alves. The UFC is heading to South Korea for the first time on November 28. It will be held at t read news >>

UFC Fight Night 74 bonuses: Cote vs. Burkman earns Fight of Night

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 views

An entertaining scrap between Patrick Cote and Josh Burkman earned Fight of the Night honors Sunday night at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.Cote defeated Burkman via third-roun read news >>

Ben Henderson vs. Thiago Alves targeted for UFC main event in South Korea

  • 14 days ago
  • 9 views

A welterweight fight between Ben Henderson and Thiago Alves is being targeted for a UFC Fight Night main event in South Korea on November 28th. Ben Henderson has been seeking a headlining spot on the read news >>

Ben Henderson vs Thiago Alves targeted for main event of UFC's debut in South Korea

  • 14 days ago
  • 0 views

That works for me! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is gearing up to stage its first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) event in Seoul, South Korea, which is scheduled to go down on Nov. 28, 2015, ins read news >>

Bellator MMA Signs Wrestling Standout Tyrell Fortune to Multi-fight Deal

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 views

Bellator MMA announced on Wednesday the signing of highly sought after wrestling prospect Tyrell Fortune to an exclusive, multi-fight contract. read news >>

Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jedrzejczyk Rematch on Hold Due to Injury

  • 20 days ago
  • 26 views

The highly anticipated rematch between champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha will have to wait until 2016, while Gadelha recovers from an injury. read news >>

Anthony Johnson: Ryan Bader deserved next UFC title shot, but he's just not that entertaining

  • 24 days ago
  • 32 views

Is "Rumble" the voice of reason in the light heavyweight division? When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tapped former light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson to face newly-minted read news >>

Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor title unification bout set for Dec. 12 in Las Vegas

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

The highly anticipated UFC featherweight championship title unification bout is set. Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will have their long-awaited grudge match in Las Vegas on Dec. 12.Filed under: Featur read news >>

Five Bouts Confirmed for UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Duffy Fight Card

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

On Saturday, October 24 UFC will make its highly anticipated return to Dublin, Ireland and the fight card is beginning to take shape with five newly added bouts. read news >>