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[VIDEO] Clay Guida and Gray Maynard Verbally Spar Backstage on Dana White’s UFC 147 Vlog

(Dan Miragliotta explains to Guida the maximum amount of miles allowed to run in the octagon without penalty.) 

After a brief hiatus, Dana White has returned with the daily dose of heartbreak that is the Danavlog to remind us all of the downsides of being a f*cking fighter. Thankfully, not all of us take the phrase as literally as Brazilians do. But the main lesson we took away from today’s episode is simple: what you don’t pay in gym fees, you will more than make up for in blood. Nick Catone, Joey Gambino, and Ross Pearson were just a few of the men to walk away from their bouts with some gruesome lacerations and another (or in Gambino’s case, a first) loss on their record. A tough day at the office indeed.

“Boring,” and “sucked” were just a couple of words that White used to describe the five round affair between Clay Guida and Gray Maynard, a sentiment that most fans seemed to agree with when all was said and done. And regardless of who you thought won that fight, you could probably understand a little bit of Gray’s frustration with the Steve Prefontainian conundrum that Guida brought to the octagon. This frustration became all the more apparent when the two met backstage, where some less than positive remarks were exchanged between the two camps. Oddly enough, it all began when Guida uncharacteristically complained about the judges decision, despite the fact that Napoleon was closer to conquering Russia than Guida ever was to finishing that fight, or even attempting to for that matter.

(Things start to get interesting around the 8:26 mark.) 

I know this will earn me a lot of hate (then again, what doesn’t), but when you want to jab and jog your way to victory, as was obviously Guida’s plan going into last Friday’s fight, I can’t really empathize when the judges bite you in the ass for doing so. Relying on the judges to determine the correct outcome of a fight (especially one that was that close) is akin to career suicide in MMA considering their time-tested incompetence, so Guida has no one to blame but himself (and maybe Greg Jackson) for the inevitable result of doing so. I say this as a Guida fan.

Just check out the Fightmetric stats if you want to see how close of a fight this truly was.

Granted, Fightmetric results don’t often tell the whole story, but my God, talk about an abysmal efficiency rate. All of the rounds were decided by such a small difference that it would be hard to make the case that either fighter was clearly deserving of the judges nod. So basically, who you feel won the fight likely comes down to your view of the terms “aggression” and “octagon control.” I’ll give Guida this, he implemented a frustrating gameplan that Maynard had little to no answer for the first couple of rounds. As things progressed, however, Guida just fell short in terms of effectiveness. Let the cries of “TUF noob” and “incompetent jackass” begin.

-J. Jones

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fightfight- June 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm
Wow! Guida is usually good for an exciting fight. WTF happened, i was SO HAPPY when the ref stopped the fight & gave Guida a warning for too much running LMAO, Best ref Dan Miragliotta in the business. They should adopt this practice for every UFC fight, all boring Non-Action fights will be stopped & combatants fined.
Jugger- June 26, 2012 at 11:28 am
Any time a fighter says, "Our game plan was to go out there and frustrate him," I immediately put that fighter on my "Will not buy PPV" list. If I want to watch dudes get frustrated, I'll watch The Bachelorette. The goal of fighting is not to "frustrate," it's to use your skill set to kick your opponent's ass.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 26, 2012 at 12:49 am
That fight made me want to break the beer bottle I was holding and gouge out my own eyeballs. At least I wouldn't have had to watch it anymore and as an added bonus I could have quenched my insatiable appetite for blood.
yosuplee- June 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm
who care who won?! it was a shitty terrible fight, that no one will remember except for the fact that guida ran... guida did not protray himself well in that video...
fightfan- June 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm
What I liked best was when Clay said "I dont bitch about SHIT!" in teh middle of his rant of a bitchfest
fightfan- June 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm
Pen Fifteen- June 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm
Yves Lavigne was the ref for the Pearson fight.
overeems_needle- June 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Go to the 6:13 mark and tell me you did'nt hear the same thing I thought I heard. "F*#k a Ni@@er" or something of that nature. Who was the ref for that fight?
NomadRip- June 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm
He said "Fucking idiot." About himself.
Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- June 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Good point, @Loki about Greg Jackson turing Guida into another boring "point fighter" from ABQ, NM. I still remember him telling GSP to stay in Dan Hardy's guard. Seriously bro? No wonder Rashad and J Jones never fought under the Jackson/Winkeljohn banner. It would be a fight so epically sucking that the earth would swallow itself through an orifice formed inside the octogon.
Sho Nuff- June 25, 2012 at 11:54 am
I have mixed feelings on this fight. I agree with LOKI this is what Jackson does, takes dynamic fighters and makes them boring, next up Jon Jones. OTOH, it was fun watching Gray Blanket wiff and get increasingly upset. It was nice revenge for all the boring-ass-lay-n-pray-athons he subjected us to. OTOH, I hate that tactic when its a wrestler or a striker. Guida's gameplan could have been well executed had he turned on the jets in the 4th and 5th and fought for the win. He would've taken that fight handily.
Sho Nuff- June 25, 2012 at 11:50 am
LOKI- June 25, 2012 at 11:15 am
Guida is a better moonwalker than Anderson Silva. Greg Jackson really is a miracle worker, he can make anyone into a boring point fighter.
DangadaDang- June 25, 2012 at 11:01 am
@Holeeball I said he fell short on effectiveness, not efficiency. Yes, he landed more strikes in the last two rounds of the fight, but being that he was out struck in those rounds and warned for running away, I’d say it’s a fair assessment. If you're going to quote know what, screw it.
holeeball- June 25, 2012 at 10:32 am
As things progressed Guida fell short on efficiency and yet he was most effective at last couple rounds. If your going to put up a red card with numbers at least.. well you know what, screw it.
NomadRip- June 25, 2012 at 10:01 am
I liked Guida even less after watching that video.
Onan- June 25, 2012 at 9:55 am
Everyone keeps talking about the amount of strikes Guida threw. There is no way I would say he threw over 300 "significant" strikes. He seemed to just be tossing his hand out there like a lazy jab whilst jumping around like a fool. How else do you explain Guida throwing nearly 100 more strikes but Gray landing more? If he was so evasive and effective how come his opponent actually made contact more often? Guida's game plan is a result of the Dominick Cruz effect on current MMA fighters.
Fried Taco- June 25, 2012 at 9:43 am
Guida started the fight with an effective game plan, eluding Maynard's punches and takedowns. But somewhere in the middle of the fight it started becoming less effective since the punches weren't landing as they did early on. It's kind of like watching the Terry Gilliam movie Brazil, where everyone has their own opinion as to when in the movie did Sam go crazy and start living in his fantasy world. Two of the judges thought Clay/Sam went bonkers earlier on than some of us.
cman- June 25, 2012 at 9:26 am
How did guida not get the takedown in the 4th? He shot and took him down. Guillotine aside, we have all seen takedowns end with attempted subs but still be scored.
pccrank- June 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Because Gray easily stuffed it and pulled guard. Fightmetric is smart enough to recognize that.
SocraticMethod- June 25, 2012 at 10:45 am
Maynard stuffed the takedown, then grabbed the guillotine and pulled guard.
Fried Taco- June 25, 2012 at 9:38 am
yeah, that one baffled me, too. how do you get a pass without a takedown or reversal? did they both just happen to flop to the ground somehow?