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Outrage of the Day: Clay Guida to Braid His Hair for Bout Following Complaint From Gray Maynard’s Camp

Previous experiments have involved a flat iron and a tub of Crisco.

We enjoy a great hairdo as much as the next guy, but it’s not often that one plays a role in the outcome of a fight. Back in the day, Jason Fairn and Guy Mezger famously made a gentlemen’s agreement not to tug on each other’s locks during their fight, and more recently Louis Gaudinot has considered chopping off his tresses after his hair hampered his performance against John Lineker. Those men took a look in the mirror and decided the fate of their own follicles, an option that has sadly been taken out of the hands of Clay Guida.

“The Carpenter’s” signature coiffure was recently placed on the proverbial chopping block after Gray Maynard‘s camp filed a formal complaint with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. Sanctioning bodies are responsible for determining “whether head or facial hair presents any hazard to the safety of the unarmed combatant or his opponent or will interfere with the supervision and conduct of the contest or exhibition.” Though Guida has the right to contest Camp Maynard’s objection to his hair, he has opted to braid his Medusa-like top for their bout rather than bog himself down with legal wranglings. spoke with the NJSACB’s Nick Lembo on Guida’s options in the matter:

“He doesn’t want to do it, and I don’t believe he’s 100 percent happy about it, but he’s being very understanding and very cooperative about it and he agreed to it. Otherwise, if he said, ‘No, I’m not going to do that,’ we’d have to have a hearing on it and let both sides present their case and have a commissioner’s ruling on the issue.”

John Fosco, Guida’s manager, also spoke with the Junkie about the Carpenter’s mindset headed into the fight:

“Clay chose to avoid any distractions and simply complied. Clay will be braiding his hair back. Clay is not focused on this and has one objective: winning. Nothing will distract him from his goal.”

Maynard wants it made clear that he couldn’t care less about Guida’s hair when they climb in the cage next Friday. Speaking with Duane Finley, the fighter stated that he personally had nothing to do with the complaint and isn’t concerned with the matter.

I for one think that Athletic Commissions have more important things to worry about than legislating hair styles and grooming habits, but if they do go down this road, might I suggest a good place to start?

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mik008.- June 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm
I dont know why Maynards camp is crying they should be happy that Guida grows his hair long the longer the better i can only see it as a hindrance,maybe if Clay cut his hair he might win more fights,hair like that in any sport can only be a hindrance.
wopniche- June 18, 2012 at 11:44 am
He's offended by Guida's hair ? What about me being offended by having to watch him decide to take a nap in the middle of his 3rd fight with that midgit guy from the Jersey Shore series, The Situation, Pauly "D", Frankie (the spoon) Edgar, or whatever his name is ?
Robert Bartko- June 18, 2012 at 10:23 am
Clay Guida is my FAVORITE fighter of all time. But I have often felt his awesome hair-do may have many times gotten in his own way and hurt his chances in the midst of a battle. In his fight with Roger Huerta, I re-wound the footage a billion times... I swear that hair inhibited him from reacting quicker to that knee. I am actually looking forward to seeing his performance with that hair out of his line of sight!
Nintendong- June 18, 2012 at 6:36 am
If Maynard has nothing to do with it, why is he letting his camp make this call for him? It is petty, stupid and a waste of time. Don't give me any of this "camp warfare" crap either. In no way is this useful to anyone and is just going to make Maynard look even worse at the end of the day.
smiledriver- June 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm
Seriously though Maynard has to what he has to do. Guida is like Sampson his hair is the source of his strength. He needs every advantage he can get...I mean Guida is from the gawdam trees!

CrushCo- June 17, 2012 at 9:17 am
While I do think the whole thing is silly, this photo from the Pettis fight does kind of support any concerns:
Bill-BJJ- June 17, 2012 at 3:30 am
To be fair I think Maynard has a point. Guida's hair IS long enough dangle down into an opponents face in certain ground positions. I wouldn't want long sweaty wet hair going in my eyes, nose and/or mouth when fighting.

And for the record I am not a fan of Maynard but I am a fan of Guida :-)
amsterdamheavy- June 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm
Man, Maynard really is a cunt, isnt he?
skeletor- June 16, 2012 at 9:20 pm
This was more like breaking news from the other day.
UFCFightBlogger- June 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm
This is just another example of camp warfare, nothing more. Both sides are just hoping the more distractions a fighter has to deal with, the less ready he will be. I like how Guida handled it. No big deal, just braids the hair. I believe we might have a new Urijah Faber now that Faber has cut his locks.

Check out where Paul Daley is fighting now that he has been released from Strikeforce
Fried Taco- June 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Maynard is afraid that when he is laying on top of Guida, someone might think he is actually on top of a girl.
Darkside- June 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm
So Maynard doesn't care, it's just his camp. Riiight...apparently the tramp stamp isn't the only thing about him that screams "bitch".
Shifty-Eyed Dog- June 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm
and how exactly does Guida's hair interfere or post a safety hazard? This is bullshit.