The brand new Revel Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., proudly played host to UFC on FX 4 on June 22, 2012, a card that featured some brilliant fight fireworks, as well as some downright stinkers.
Ultimately, two of the three judges showed mercy on Maynard for his efforts and gave him the split decision nod. Though the decision was not unanimous, it was one that the fans and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White felt was well deserved, and possibly should have been unanimous.
Despite a big letdown of a main event, the card did feature several very exciting fights, including six of the 12 fights being decided by way of a submission or knockout.
After the jump, we'll take a close look at who the big winners and lowly losers were from UFC on FX 4:
Sam Stout -- Since when did Sam Stout become a wrestler? Stouts fight opposite Spencer Fisher was set in the classic mold of each other time the two have thrown down. The stand up was pretty even (even though Stout's face was worse for wear afterwards), but the separation and the difference was Stout's takedowns, as well as his top game. If you wanna make it MMA, you have to evolve. It's good to see Stout has done that and continues to do that.
Cub Swanson -- Swanson now has two TKO's in a row, both against very tough guys. If he can stay healthy (which has been a problem in his career), Swanson might be able to make some noise in the Featherweight division. Ross Pearson is no tomato can, and the fight was pretty even to a point. But Swanson's power was just too much, and it's going to be too much for many of the 145 pound fighters in the UFC.
Dan Miller -- How can you not love this guy? The tough guy from AMA brings it every single time. In his Welterweight debut, Miller was very likely behind, two rounds to none as they entered into the final frame. Miller showed his killer instinct in being able to pull victory from the jaws of defeat, and he did it using his signature guillotine choke. With all he's been through in the past year, it's impossible not to feel good for Dan Miller in this spot.
Ricardo Lamas -- I personally had Lamas losing 29-28. Argue that, if you will. But the judges saw it differently and I can't begrudge him for that. The fight was close, and Lamas never once backed down. His goal was to play spoiler to Hatsu Hioki, who many have wanted to anoint as the next big thing at Featherweight since he came to the Octagon, but Lamas must have missed the memo that he was supposed to lay down. He showed a lot of heart.
Jay Glazer -- I know I kill this guy, but let's be real, he deserves it. Tonight, I thought medics were going to have to come in and put him on an I.V. drip and take him out on a stretcher when he was forced to pronounce Hatsu Hioki's name. There are basically two ways you can pronounce Hioki's name that are close to being correct, and Glazer picked several that were nowhere close to those two. I know some names are tough to pronounce, but it kills me when guys who get paid to say words for a living are unable to perform that basic function of their job responsibilities. This card has been scheduled for months. If you need to, lock yourself in a room for a few days and say Hioki's name till you hear it in your dreams. This was far from the only time Glazer sounded like it was his first day on the job, but it was the most glaring example.
Clay Guida -- Before I get flamed relentlessly, I need to go on record as saying I like Clay Guida. I think he's a cool guy. Generally speaking, I enjoy his fights and his fighting style. But last night's showing was repugnant. I get that he doesn't wanna get hit by Gray Maynard. Who does? The guy throws absolute bombs. But Guida was taking the concept of movement to an extreme. It's one thing to be elusive, it's another thing altogether to do laps around the cage. I don't think this kills his credibility or anything crazy like that, but I was disappointed, and I know I wasn't the only one.
Hatsu Hioki -- I don't wanna be too tough on Hioki, because, quite frankly, he didn't rank himself number two on all the global featherweight ranking systems. Other people did that. But the fact remains that those expectations did exist. So far, Hioki won a split decision over Roop that many fans thought he lost, defeated Bart Palaszewski by decision, and he lost to Lamas. That's not exactly a remarkable resume. I'm not ready to close the book on him, but fans who have been frothing at the mouth to see him in the cage with Jose Aldo can just calm down. A lot.
Gray Maynard -- Hear me out. I know, I know. He won his fight. That said, he still comes out of this weekend as a loser. It isn't his fault, but it's the truth. Why? Because he didn't get a chance to show what he could do. He never got an opportunity to display the changes he's made in his new camp(s). He wasn't able to properly showcase all the ways he's evolved since we saw him lose to Frankie Edgar at UFC 136. And it was all Clay Guida's fault.
These were just a few of the names that shined the brightest and stunk it up in a big way. Keep it going with your list of big winners and lowly losers from UFC on FX 4!