A highly anticipated lightweight matchup that has long been rumored is finally official, as the UFC announced that Gray Maynard will take on Clay Guida at UFC on FX 4. The matchup will headline the event that takes place on June 22nd in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The matchup will be a five round affair.
Maynard (10-1-1-1) has not fought since losing to Frankie Edgar at UFC 136 in October 2011. The loss marked the first of his career. “The Bully” put a first round beating on Edgar in the third matchup much like had in the second matchup, but he was unable to secure the belt either time. Guida will be just the second fresh opponent that Maynard has faced in the last two years, as he rematched both Edgar and Nate Diaz during that span.
Guida (29-12) will also be making his return to the Octagon after a tough loss, having lost to future champion Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 1 in November. The bout was a #1 contender matchup. Prior to that loss, the longtime UFC veteran experienced the longest winning streak of his career with four straight wins, which included wins over Anthony Pettis and Takanori Gomi. The 7-time bonus winner, including 5 “Fight of the Night” bonuses, has been very active during his time in the UFC. The 7 month layoff will actually be the longest “The Carpenter” has experienced during his time in the organization.
UFC on FX 4 takes place on June 22nd in Atlantic City. The venue has yet to be announced by the UFC.
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