MENU
#Conor McGregor #Cris Cyborg #UFC 211 #Bellator 179 #Nate Diaz #Rory MacDonald #Angela Magana #Paul Daley #Diaz vs. McGregor 2 #Dhiego Lima #Hayder Hassan #GSP


Rightly or wrongly, trainer Greg Jackson caught some of the flak after Clay Guida delivered a lackluster performance in a split-decision loss to Gray Maynard at UFC on FX 4.

Jackson, widely recognized as one of the best in the game, discussed Guida’s strategy and more in a recent interview with the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show”:

On Guida’s game plan: “I wanted Clay to, after he drew Gray out, to engage a little bit more, but I think Clay was waiting for him to open up a little bit and he was able to land some combinations when he did that. But one of the things that I think both Clay and I learned is that … we need to do a little more right after the misses, kind of jumping on him a little bit more. I chalk it up to experience and a learning process, and hopefully we won’t be in that situation again where we have such a close decision. Hopefully we’ll be able to dominate the next time.”

On Guida’s past performances: “In a lot of those fun, exciting fights, he ended up on the wrong side of those. He would get dropped or he’d get choked out a lot of times. You have to be able to fight the guy that’s in front of you, and Gray is an incredible fighter. … To just run at that guy and throw caution to the wind and hope you don’t get caught with a big punch and choked out again, it is a little silly. You do want to be able to try to do something that maybe favors you a little bit.

“Now again, we should have engaged a little bit more, and that’s just the way the fight went down, but I’m never going to tell my guy, ‘Listen, this guy does everything better than you. I just want you to take all the damage you can until he gets tired of punching you in the face so that everybody’s jumping up and down and then maybe you’ll win, but maybe you’ll just get choked out.’ That doesn’t seem very smart to me at all. … I’m always going to be trying to do it smartly. It’s got to be an entertaining fight obviously, but at the same time you can’t just jump on somebody that’s stronger than you, that hits harder than you and has better wrestling than you do.”

On whether he’s had to defend his record as a trainer with more stats: “I didn’t even have to do any of that because two fights earlier Cub Swanson did beautifully and got Fight of the Night. When you have a situation like that, when you have a spectacular performance and then you have Clay, who stuck and moved, but he should have stuck a little more than he moved -- that happens. He still got a split decision. He was a 4-1 underdog. Had we done just a little more, I think it would have gone our way. But [some criticism] is obviously just biased because no one’s saying, ‘Hey Greg, that was a great game plan with Cub. Way to get the second knockout of his career and Knockout of the Night and look so good.’ It’s all about the negative stuff. At that point, it doesn’t hold any water for me, so I’m all right.”

On Guida’s mindset after the loss: “He’s a tough guy, and we just try to stay positive and take it as a learning experience and try to focus on the things that we want to improve on and do better. He was of course very disappointed, but sometimes it’s a process. Sometimes it’s not as easy as just going from A to Z. I’m really proud of him. I’m always really proud of him. He got in there, and that’s hard to do. We should have done a few things differently, but we’ll get them next time. Other than being disappointed, it was pretty par for the course. He wasn’t like emotionally devastated for the rest of his life or anything. He was just kind of upset.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 16:33).

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

Related News

UFC Unfiltered: TJ Dillashaw and Eddie Gordon

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

TJ Dillashaw calls in to talk about coaching on TUF 25, the bad blood with Team Alpha Male, Cody Garbrandt's KO video claims and more.Later, Eddie "Truck" Gordon joins the show. Plus, the guys talk a read news >>

UFC Unfiltered: Justin Buchholz, Joe Stevenson

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Team Alpha Male Head Coach Justin Buchholz calls in to talk about The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption, whether there's a tape of Cody KOing TJ and more. Later, Joe "Daddy" Stevenson calls in. Plus, Jim read news >>

Your daily Ragin' Al update: Iaquinta now UFC boss, calls out Swanson, releases Northcutt, calls Perry and Lee 'ignorant

  • 22 days ago
  • 137 views

Al Iaquinta may not be the UFC’s favorite fighter right now, but he’s making a heck of an impression on social media.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Bellator champ Patricio Freire calls Mohegan chief 'condescending,' only interested in money

  • 21 days ago
  • 17 views

Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire is upset with the commission that oversaw his win over Daniel Straus. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

With Germaine de Randamie in Limbo, Cris Cyborg Calls Out Megan Anderson | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 16 views

Cris "Cyborg" Justino wants nothing more than to fight at UFC 214. With Germaine de Randamie in limbo, Cyborg has shifted her focus to Megan Anderson. read news >>

UFC Unfiltered: Mike Perry, Tyron Woodley and Din Thomas

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

Mike Perry calls in off the heels of his highlight reel KO of Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night Nashville. Later, UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley joins for an impromptu conversation about h read news >>

Wait, is Chuck Liddell considering a UFC comeback? All depends on the opponent, trainer says

  • 20 days ago
  • 33 views

Based on a couple of Instagram posts these past few weeks, UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell looks like someone in search of a fight. And people have noticed. Here was Liddell throwing some serious elb read news >>

UFC champ Tyron Woodley needs opponent for upcoming title defense, calls out many fighters

  • 20 days ago
  • 177 views

Tyron Woodley is training for a fight but still has no opponent, although he’s called out a few.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Alyssa Garcia embraces pressure that comes with having ex-UFC fighter Josh Barnett as trainer

  • 20 days ago
  • 16 views

Set to face Sheila Padilla at Friday’s Combate Americas, atomweight Alyssa Garcia looks back on her career-changing Rizin FF 3 win over Kanna Asakura and the feeling that ‘If I can do this, I can do read news >>

UFC rep calls women's 'TUF' flyweight an 'idea' that 'just got out too early'

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk thinks the promotion will cast female flyweights for the 26th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” At least, she hopesFiled under: News, UFC read news >>