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Clay Guida: “I think sometimes judges get the misconception of what MMA really is.”

Fans and media are quick to make their opinions heard when a decision even bordering on controversy unfolds in Mixed Martial Arts. However, little discussion surfaced in relation to this past Friday night’s main event fight between Clay Guida-Gray Maynard at UFC on FX 4. While many would argue Maynard deserved the judges’ favor based on his aggression, at least one person feels the wrong man earned the officials’ nod.

“I think sometimes judges get the misconception of what MMA really is. The guy who gets hit the least usually is the victor,” said a bitter Guida in an interview with MMAJunkie.

“I know Gray had a good time out there – I saw the frustration in his face. That was the plan. Our plan was to wear him down more and just not sit in the pocket with him,” he continued, alluding to his constant movement and limited offense. “I felt confident in my combinations, but the dude hits like a Mack truck, and I didn’t want to be there for too much of it.”

Maynard ultimately won a Split Decision as well as the crowd’s favor despite the group originally starting as a pro-Guida bunch. Comparably, Guida received criticism from countless fans in addition to UFC President Dana White for his infrequent engagement inside the Octagon.