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Clay Guida's hair a source of contention heading into Gray Maynard fight at UFC on FX 4

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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)
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)
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Strategy? Pfft. Tactics? Whatever. Game plan? Who cares.

It's all about the hair.

Actually, it's all about Clay Guida's hair and it won't be flowing so freely when he steps inside the Octagon to take on Gray Maynard at UFC on FX 4 scheduled for Fri., June 22, 2012, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

That's because he'll be braided up for the lightweight showdown thanks to a complaint from the "Bully" camp to the New Jersey Athletic Control Board (NJACB). Apparently, Maynard's team feels Guida's mane gives him an unfair advantage and they wanted the situation dealt with.

Nick Lembo, NJACB counsel, told MMAJunkie.com Guida's camp wasn't happy about it but complied to avoid a hearing on the matter:

"He doesn't want to do it, and I don't believe he's 100 percent happy about it, but he's being very understanding and very cooperative about it and he agreed to it. Otherwise, if he said, 'No, I'm not going to do that,' we'd have to have a hearing on it and let both sides present their case and have a commissioner's ruling on the issue."

What a hairy issue, huh?

Interestingly enough, Maynard would later tell Duane Finley that he couldn't care less about Guida's hair and he wasn't even involved in the process:

Maynard also cleared up the Guida hair issue. Said he personally had nothing to do with it & doesn't care about Guida's hair. ... Inquiry came from someone close to his camp who was looking into how commissions handle the issue.

All this for Guida's cavemen style. And to think, UFC President Dana White once offered him $10,000 to cut it off and the dude said no.

That's dedication, y'all.

For news and notes on UFC on FX 4 not related to hair click here.