"The stuff got old."
Gray Maynard on Clay Guida's mystifying performance in the UFC on FX main event.
Clay Guida came into his main event against Gray Maynard with a reputation as an exciting fighter. Although he has had some duds in the course of his career, six Fight of the Night performances validated that perception. When he was on, you could expect fists and hair to fly in equal measure.
Guida equals excitement. It was a formula the UFC could use to sell the strength of any card he appeared on. Although he was rarely the main eventer, fans could spot his name in the lineup and know they were in for at least one toe-to-toe throwdown.
What may have sounded like boos to you, the Atlantic City crowd letting Guida know just how awful his performance was, sounded to me like something else entirely. That sound was Guida throwing his reputation, his good will and his integrity as a fighter into the toilet and flushing it all away.
Not once, mind you. Guida did it again and again, five times representing each of the five awful rounds, until even that last little nugget of good will was long gone.
Guida danced his way to what he obviously hoped was a five-round decision. It was point fighting at its worst. Even when Maynard charged recklessly forward, desperate for something, anything, to happen, Guida refused to engage.
All night long he danced, like an uglier Lionel Richie. In the end, he even had the nerve to raise his arms in triumph. The judges saw it differently, rewarding Maynard with a split-decision win, most likely because he at least pretended like he came for a fight. Guida couldn't even manage that.
Really, it was a scorecard that was nearly meaningless except as a mark on the permanent record of both men. Anyone who actually watched the fight can and will actively disregard it. It was 25 minutes of nothing. We don't know anymore about where Guida and Maynard stand in the lightweight division.
It's a fight that might as well have never happened. I'd rather watch 1,000 Bob Sapp fights than watch another performance like that from Guida. I know Sapp doesn't come to fight either—but at least he has the courtesy to get to the finish quickly.
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