Lightweights Clay Guida and Gray Maynard, both of whom have nearly grabbed hold of divisional gold only to see it slip through their fingers, have been paired in a five-round fight this summer as the headlining duo of UFC on FX 4. Maynard nearly beat Frankie Edgar twice in 2011 to claim the belt before coming up short in the end, while Guida was poised to fight “The Answer” but lost his shot last November when he fell to current champion Benson Henderson.
The UFC confirmed the June 22 match-up this weekend though no other bouts have been attached to the Atlantic City event.
Maynard holds an overall record of 10-1-1 with the blemishes involving both Edgar fights though he holds a win over the former title-holder as well. Other victims who have fallen prey to the former Ultimate Fighter contestant’s blend of boxing and aggressive wrestling include Kenny Florian, Nate Diaz, Roger Huerta, and Jim Miller.
The 29-12 Guida has also beaten some of the top 155-pounders in MMA including Diaz, Takanori Gomi, Anthony Pettis, and Josh Thomson. Similarly to Maynard he is known for his ability to take opponents down and control them from the top while being happy to engage in stand-up when necessary. However, perhaps his most recognizable trait (other than his flowing locks) is a seemingly endless gas tank that burns from the weigh-in to his walk back after the bout’s completion.
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MMATraining Take: This fight could either be excellent or completely boring, especially with 25 minutes in play. Maynard may just grind Guida down for five rounds or vice-versa (though the former is more likely). Then again, if fans are lucky, their shared wrestling prowess could create a stalemate where striking is the only route to victory.