Jun 22, 2012; Atlantic City, NJ, USA; Clay Guida (right) fights Gray Maynard in a lightweight bout during UFC on FX at Revel Resort and Casino. Gray Maynard won the fight by split decision in the fifth round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
By show of hands, who enjoyed last night's (June 22, 2012) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) main event from Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey?
Didn't think so.
The UFC on FX 4 headliner was a stinker, a dud, a bomb and any other adjective you can find in a thesaurus for the words awful, terrible and lousy.
Clay Guida, once a human dynamo with more Fight of the Night/Year honors under his belt than a hillbilly has teeth, proceeded to hop around the Octagon for 25 minutes rather than engage his opponent Gray Maynard. He seemed more content to circle away ad infinitum -- at times, literally running away -- as if he just discovered footwork and like a child, repeats his new trick over and over.
By the end of the fight, the once-friendly New Jersey crowd who had cheered Guida at the onset had turned and nearly booed "The Carpenter" out of the building.
Like Frankenstein's Monster, they were ready to hole Guida up in a castle for crimes committed against them.
My question is, where were the pitchforks and torches reserved for Maynard?
For what seemed like a lifetime, Guida bounced around the Octagon and Maynard did next to nothing to stop him. If his corner -- from his new home at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) -- didn't drill it into their fighter's head to cut off Guida, shame on them. If they did, but "The Bully" refused to follow instructions, then the burden falls on his shoulders.
For as much as Guida danced around, it was Maynard's job to prevent him from doing so and he failed miserably.
One might say it's hard to fight someone who didn't come to fight. My response is it would seem extremely easy to beat up someone who didn't show up to fight.
And to those lauding Guida's gameplan, just stop. It was awful. The main reason being, he lost the fight. For a gameplan to be successful, you sort of need to have tangible positive results to back it up or it's a moot point.
"The Carpenter" employed a modified "stick and move" strategy except he forgot the entire stick part. "Move and move ... and move some more" might be a more apt name for what we saw last night.
Still, though, Maynard only landed a handful more punches than his opponent. He couldn't figure out how to stop Guida from running around the cage so he simply just followed him.
It takes two to tango. Or in last night's case, not tango.