On Friday night the UFC made its fourth official appearance on FX, as Clay Guida and Gray Maynard squared off in the main event in a lightweight matchup.
It was a solid card from top to bottom, and there were a lot of highlight-reel moments.
Guida and Maynard didn't quite put on the show we all expected, but it was a decent fight to cap off a night of great fights.
Let's take an early look back at the memorable images and fighter quotes from UFC on FX 4: Maynard vs. Guida.
Dustin Pague attempted to pull a "Chris Leben" by fighting—and winning—two times within two weeks. Unfortunately, he came up short in the end, as he dropped a split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) to Ken Stone.
Stone revealed that he came into this fight with an injury, as he said the following during the telecast after it was over:
“I’m happy with win but I can do better than that. Three weeks ago I kicked someone in the knee and messed my foot up but now way was I pulling out. I landed a kick in the second or third minute tonight, and that same foot hurt again. So I went to my boxing and my jab and worked from there. I couldn’t get the takedowns I wanted, but I got the win and I will get better from here.”
Dan Miller made his welterweight debut against Ricardo Funch, and after several guillotine attempts, one finally took, as he scored a submission victory at the 3:12 mark of the third round.
Not only was he close on several submissions, but he was also able to rock and drop Funch in the third round, and nearly finish him with ground and pound.
This was an emotional fight for Miller, and he spoke about it afterward, saying:
“This was a very important fight for me. I knew I had to win this to stay in the UFC, and everyone knows the situation with my kid being so sick. I tried not to think about the pressure I was under, and just see this as a fight, but it was really, really hard to do that. I’m so happy I got this done. Making welterweight was very hard, but I did it and I felt great in there. My boy is having a transplant soon and I think things are turning around for us. Being away from him and my family is so hard, but I’m staying in the UFC and I can continue to support them.”
Matt Brown is making waves in the welterweight division these days. After getting submitted by Seth Baczynski at UFC 139, Brown has one three straight with two finishes.
In his lone decision, he defeated the previously unbeaten, and largely hyped prospect, Stephen Thompson.
After the fight, Brown offered the following:
“I’ve won three in a row now, three all in 2012, and am happy things are going well for me. I won’t make excuses for when things were not going well, but all my hard work is now paying off. I am getting married in a month, I’m very settled and happy in my personal life and I think that’s helping me out in my professional life. I knew I had Ramos hurt at the end, I thought I hurt him a bunch of times, but he was tough so I just kept throwing til he was stopped.”
In the middleweight division, Nick Catone was up 20-18 over Chris Camozzi going into the third round. Camozzi turned up the heat and landed several solid shots, one of which cut Catone on the forehead.
The doctor came in to check on the cut, and the fight was called off soon after.
Camozzi said afterward:
“I was having a tough night but it was back and forth. I knew I needed a big third round and I found the knee.”
Meanwhile, Nick Catone also had something to say after the fight:
“I’m bummed out. I felt I won the first two rounds but he hit that knee and the sweat and blood was going into my eye. I thought the referee may stop it but I wanted to continue. I’m a little bummed out losing like that but my bad for getting a knee to the eye.”
Joey Gambino may have been a late replacement, but that doesn't make Steven Siler's first round submission victory any less impressive.
He was able to score a takedown, take the back of Gambino, end up in mount, then get a guillotine choke, all in a matter of seconds.
He is now 3-0 in the UFC, and it may be ready to give him a step up in competition.
After the fight, Siler was quite pleased with his performance.
“I love finishing fights! I was a little worried about there being too much blood for the choke to work but I will take risks to win inside the distance. I went for it and got it. I couldn't be happier. I'm in no rush to get into the title picture, I'm 25 and time is on my side.”
It wasn't a spectacularly entertaining fight, but a win is a win, and that's what Rick Story got when he defeated Brock Jardine.
Story ended up on the back of Jardine several times, and landed some solid shots here and there, but overall nothing overwhelming.
Story is now back on the winning path and had this to say after the fight:
“I’m happy to get the win. After two losses my reputation as an up-and-coming guy was on the line for sure. I felt okay in there but after so long off and knee surgery I didn’t quite trust myself to go 100%. I had to put my foot on the gas in the last round. I felt I could have stopped him in the third but in camp my knee would swell up when I did hard cardio and I wasn’t quite ready for that. I think the three rounds helped that and next time I’m looking for a really impressive win.”
In a lightweight matchup, Ramsey Nijem took on CJ Keith, who came in to the fight undefeated. He would not leave with his record in tact.
Nijem was able to secure mount, and back mount on Keith, and once he got to back mount, he landed a few punches and Yves Lavigne called the fight.
It may have been an early stoppage, but it certainly looked like Nijem was going to finish soon.
Ricardo Lamas came into the fight with nothing to lose and everything to gain. He was facing off against Hatsu Hioki, who could have been set up to fight for the title.
Hioki won the first round without a doubt, but Lamas threatened with submissions in the second and third, and was able to win both those rounds, to earn the 29-28 unanimous decision.
Lamas offered the following after the fight was over:
“I thought I won two to three rounds for sure. I know he got a takedown here and there but I was close to finishing him a bunch of times. He’s very tough, that arm-in choke I had was in deep and he refused to tap. I had to let up a little because I was burning up my arm. But I knew I’d beaten him. He was offered a title shot and turned it down, but you can’t do that in the UFC. Now I’m up there instead and when I am asked to fight for the title, I will accept immediately.”
Cub Swanson scored his second straight knockout victory, as he put an end to Ross Pearson's night late in the second round.
Swanson is now 2-1 in the UFC, with the only loss coming to Ricardo Lamas, who defeated Hatsu Hioki earlier in the night.
After the fight, Swanson talked about his power and his title aspirations:
“I felt he didn’t respect my power. I could see I was hurting him in his facial expressions but he kept coming forward. He’s always done that in fights thought, and he’s very strong, he knocked me off balance even with shots I was blocking. But I could see I was having an affect with my shots and I thought I could take him out. My timing was better and I saw and opening and got it done. I fight every fight like it is my last; I had a retirement situation when I had my operation and now I know that my career could be over, I’m not immortal. So I train and fight like every fight is my last and, fighting like that, I think I can make a run at the UFC title.”
For the second straight fight, Brian Ebersole was involved in a close decision. Once again the decision went his way, as he moves to 4-0 inside the Octagon.
Ebersole was able to escape every submission attempt from Waldburger, and lay down some vicious ground and pound at times as well.
After the fight, Ebersole talked about the potential of moving down to lightweight:
“I think I’ve proved I belong in the UFC. The choke in the first round wasn’t that deep; I probably went red or purple but I always do. He only had one side of my neck and I could breath okay. I felt I took the final two rounds. But did you see the size of that guy? He was my size yesterday but today he was too big for me. I’m going to try – try – to make 155lbs. I think I should be at lightweight. If I stay away from bacon I can make 155lbs.”
In the co-main event of the evening, Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher squared off in a rubber match. Their previous two meetings had been split between each other, and this was for all the marbles.
It was fairly even on the feet, but it was Stout's wrestling that proved the difference, as he scored at least one takedown in every round, and those are what won him the fight.
In a fight that, I think we can all agree did not live up to expectations, Gray Maynard earned a split decision over Clay Guida.
For the first two rounds, Guida appeared to have Maynard stifled with his constant movement and quickness. However, in the third round, Maynard seemed to figure it out, as he turned up the intensity and won that round.
In the fourth, Maynard began to taunt Guida, giving him "double fingers." That promped Guida to shoot for a takedown, and get caught in a guillotine choke that nearly ended the fight.
When the scorecards were read, Maynard had done enough to pick up the win, as he got the split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) over the Carpenter.
Afterward, Maynard said the following:
"I thought Guida was coming to fight. His stuff got old in there. I wanted to prove to people that I can do it. I came to fight tonight. I thought I won that fight fair and square and it wasn't a question. I want the belt back. I want to fight Edgar."
Tim McTiernan is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. For the latest news on everything MMA, follow him on Twitter @TimMcTiernan.