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UFC on FX 4 Recap: Maynard Edges Guida; Stout, Ebersole, and Swanson pick up wins

UFC on FX 4 took place tonight live from Atlantic City, New Jersey. The main event was not quite what anyone expected, as Clay Guida employed an evasive style that did not accumulate enough judges cards to overcome the hard hitting Gray Maynard.

Also on the card, Sam Stout, Brian Ebersole, and Cub Swanson all notched victories in their FX main card bouts.

Frustrated Maynard Defeats Guida

Guida’s game plan tonight was to move like lightning and “slip and rip” the hard-hitting Maynard. Unfortunately for Guida, the majority of his lightning was like heat lightning, with few meaningful strikes landing and doing enough damage to win the majority of the judges card.

The tactic did keep the fight close however, as Maynard was forced to spend the majority of time chasing Guida down. When Maynard was able to catch the elusive Guida, he landed with a lot of force.

The most meaningful exchange, in a fight simply devoid of many meaningful exchanges, took place in the  fourth round. Maynard utilized some effective clinch striking to batter Guida and Guida escaped to the other side of the cage. Maynard dropped his hands and let Guida hit him three times before blocking Guida’s takedown attempt and securing a tough guillotine choke. Guida managed to slam his way out (do not try that at home) and finished on top, but the damage was clearly done.

Stout Plays it Smart and Defeats Spencer Fisher

Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher had an epic duo of fights before tonight’s rubber match and while tonight happened a slower rate. The bout was none-the-less an entertaining scrap. Stout surprised Fisher with well-timed takedowns and ground-and-pound that helped him garner a big win. Fisher again showed strong striking but his lack of takedown defense lead for his downfall.

Spencer Fisher is expected to retire following tonight’s fight after an entertaining career in MMA.

Ebersole Weathers Early Storm, Defeats Waldburger

Long-time MMA veteran Brian Ebersole picked up his 50th career victory tonight after weathering an early storm from prospect T.J. Waldburger. Waldburger stunned Ebersole earlier and quickly swarmed, eventually landing a deep D’arce choke on Ebersole. Waldburger held on as long as possible but the veteran hung on and managed to escape the choke. Ebersole spent the majority of the duration of the bout in the top position. Ebersole had to weather an extremely impressive chain of submissions but managed to land enough meaningful shots to do damage and gain the nod from the judges.

Swanson Explodes Against Pearson

Cub Swanson channeled his inner Anderson Silva in this fight, as he dropped Ross Pearson with a nasty punch despite being on one leg. Swanson looked great throughout the bout and showed the promise he has as a healthy fighter.

Main Card (FX)

  • Gray Maynard def. Clay Guida via split decision (48-47,47-48,48-47)
  • Sam Stout def. Spencer Fisher via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
  • Brian Ebersole def. T.J. Waldburger via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
  • Cub Swanson def. Ross Pearson via TKO (strikes) at 4:14 of Round 2.

Preliminary Card  (Fuel TV)

  • Ricardo Lamas defeated Hatsu Hioki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Ramsey Nijem defeated C.J. Keith via TKO (punches) at 2:29 of round 1.
  • Rick Story defeated Brock Jardine via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Steven Siler defeated Joey Gambino via submission (guillotine) at 2:40 of 1.
  • Matt Brown defeated Luis Ramos via TKO (elbows) at 4:20 of round 2.
  • Chris Camozzi defeated Nick Catone via doctor stoppage (cut) at 1:51 round 3.

Facebook Card

  • Dan Miller defeated Ricardo Funch via guillotine at 3:12 of round 3.
  • Ken Stone defeated Dustin Pague via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).

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