In a little more than a week UFC lightweight Clay Guida will return to the Octagon after a seven-month absence from competition when he faces former title-contender Gray Maynard in the main event at UFC on FX 4. Though the break from action hasn’t necessarily been as extended as those other fighters have endured, Guida still plans on coming out and making a statement to remind fans of exactly how much of a threat he truly is.
Guida spoke about his match-up with Maynard in a recent conversation with LowKick.com where he gave “The Bully” some props before pointing out his intent to stop Maynard with strikes in their five-round rumble.
“I absolutely think that Gray Maynard is at the top of the division with Ben (Henderson) and Frankie (Edgar). As one of only two fighters to defeat Frankie, and having one of the best trilogies in MMA history, he is still at the top,” said the 29-12 Guida. “I also believe that finishing Maynard puts me right back in the mix as a top contender in the lightweight division after coming up short against Ben Henderson. I’ve never been much for predictions, but don’t be surprised to see me get my next UFC victory by TKO…”
The 10-1-1 Maynard has only been finished a single time in his career, losing by knockout to Edgar in his last outing.
Meanwhile, Guida’s most recent in-ring appearance involved a November loss to the current divisional champ, Henderson. However, their scrap was named Fight of the Night, while prior to the stumble Guida had won four straight including two earning him event-specific bonuses. “The Carpenter” expects similar results this time around, and is confident the fans will go home happy whether he wins or not.
“All I can say is it’s going to be five rounds of fun and I’ve come a long way since Gilbert Melendez. Every time a competitor like Gray Maynard or me steps in the Octagon, ‘Fight of the Night’ is always a possibility,” the 30-year old Guida explained on the entertainment sure to be delivered on June 22.
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