UFC on FX 4 Guida vs Maynard Results: Grades for the Main Card
UFC on FX 4 was supposed to be an amazing card, especially the main event. Clay Guida had never been in a boring fight and for him to put on that type of performance is shameful. It's a shame because the rest of the card actually was very entertaining and it was ruined a great night of fights.
Sorry if I'm being a little too hard on the main event, but it really may be one of the worst five-round fights in UFC history.
On a lighter side, Dan Miller was extremely impressive in his welterweight debut. After how much he has had to suffer through, he needed some good news. The emotion that he let out was as pure and legitimate as you can see in MMA.
Ross Pearson: C
I can't get too down on Ross Pearson as he definitely has made improvements in his wrestling. That doesn't mean much when he can't do anything with it but it does show growth as a fighter.
Unfortunately, he ignored striking defense and that ultimately led to the loss. He was allowing Swanson to land on him and walked through most strikes. But a clean punch to the jaw will put anyone out.
My fear is that this could be the type of loss that has lasting effects on Ross. It will be interesting to see how he rebounds going forward.
Cub Swanson: B+
Cub Swanson was the only guy who Jens Pulver beat in the WEC. Essentially, we all wrote him off as being a decent fighter but not one you'd expect to really make any sort of impact in the UFC.
We were all wrong. Seriously, completely wrong. This is now two fights in a row where Swanson beat the breaks off his opponent and put a stamp on being one of the best tough guys on the roster.
There are concerns about how easy it was for Ross to get him to the ground with various takedowns but Swanson did well to get back to his feet. He also landed several huge shots that put Ross out. While some will claim an early stoppage, Ross wasn't going to defend himself. I'm okay with a referee stepping in. Save a dude's brain.
Brian Ebersole: B
Brian Ebersole entered the cage with a shaved head and looking like Cain from Kung Fu. He also looked pretty tentative in the first round and was dropped early by T.J. Waldburger.
He recovered and landed some big shots from the top in the second and third rounds that almost put Waldburger out.
It was an impressive win for Ebersole, who showed that he can survive some really bad situations against a pretty dynamic submission artist. He's talking about dropping to 155 pounds. If he does, he'll be absolutely massive at that weight class.
T.J. Waldburger: B-
Again, I usually don't give positive marks for losers but Waldburger really impressed me in defeat. He's been known as strictly a submission fighter and proved tonight that he has improved as a fighter.
He attacked constantly from off his back and came close to catching Ebersole with a ton of submissions. Yes, he didn't finish them but there's something to say for really clean transitions.
Hopefully he takes this as a learning experience and comes back better in his next fight. He's still young and has plenty of upside.
Sam Stout: B+
I'll be honest: I didn't think that Sam Stout did enough to win. Yes, he did hit several takedowns but he didn't do anything once the fight was on the ground.
He likely won the fight because of his really good body work where he brutalized Spencer Fisher's ribcage.
He'll never challenge for a title but he will continue to be an entertaining fighter that people are drawn to watching. Congrats on the fight and winning what I believe is the best trilogy in MMA.
Spencer Fisher: B
It sounded like Spencer Fisher was going to retire win or lose last night. He's had a long and storied career and will go down as one of the most entertaining fighters in the UFC's lightweight division.
I'm sure that he would prefer to go out on a win but Spencer is one of the tragic heroes of MMA. He'll always be remembered as one of the guys who would never challenge for a belt but always put on a hell of a fight.
Clay Guida: F
You know he was terrible. I'm not explaining because I don't want to relive that fight.
Gray Maynard: B
Props to Gray for maintaining his composure and winning a terrible fight. It's not his fault though. The terrible fight rests solely on the shoulders of Clay Guida.
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