OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Clay Guida reacts after defeating Rafael dos Anjos during the UFC Lightweight bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Lightweight losers (in their most recent matches), Gray Maynard and Clay Guida, will each look to get back in the win column when the pair sling leather at UFC on FX 4 on June 22, 2012, In Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today made the 155-pound announcement via its website, revealing that the showdown will serve as a five-round main event.
Maynard, a former two-time number one division contender, spent the entire 2011 mixed martial arts (MMA) fight season attempting to wrest the belt from the resilient clutches of UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.
Despite his best efforts, including two brutal first rounds at UFC 125 and UFC 136, during which he beat "The Answer" from pillar to post, Edgar stormed back to earn a draw and then a come-from-behind technical knockout.
"The Bully," who now trains at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, Calif., will now have to fight his way back toward the top, starting with "The Carpenter."
Guida himself was in the 2011 lightweight number one contender "mix," submitting Takanori Gomi and decisioning the last man to hold the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) lightweight belt, Anthony Pettis.
In fact, he was riding a four-fight win streak inside the Octagon before Ben Henderson derailed his hairy hopes, taking a unanimous decision in a great back-and-forth battle at UFC on Fox 1 just last month to earn the next shot at Edgar.
So close, yet so far away, for both veterans.
No other bouts or a potential venue for UFC on FX 4 are known at this time. UFC 53: "Heavy Hitters" in June 2005 was the last time the organization held an event in South Jersey.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for the latest UFC on FX 4 news and notes.