Maynard blasts Guida tactics
Maynard targeting Edgar rematch after decision win
By Jonathan Witty - Twitter: @skybet_Jonathan. Last Updated: 24/06/12 10:54am
Gray Maynard: Looking for Edgar rematch
Gray Maynard blasted Clay Guida's tactics after edging a narrow split-decision victory in the main event of UFC on FX 4.
Maynard was critical of Guida's evasive style, which frustrated the 33-year-old and saw his opponent warned to engage by referee Dan Miragliotta in the final round.
Towards the end of the match Guida was also the target of booing from the crowd, and in the post-fight press conference Maynard revealed his frustrations.
Maynard said: "I was p****** off. I'm a human, too. I'm here to work. I thought Guida was coming to fight. I came to fight.
He added: "I came to prove I can go a hard five [rounds]."
Guida attempted to avoid Maynard's clear power advantage with his tactics, but and even saw 'The Bully' drop his hands in an attempt to goad Guida into swinging for him.
In the end, two judges scored the fight 48-47 in Maynard's favour, with the third giving the same points to Guida.
Maynard believes that he has put himself in the frame for another title shot, and wants to face Frankie Edgar, should be beat Lightweight champion Benson Henderson, to setup a fourth encounter between the pair.
Maynard continued: "I want that belt. I want to fight Edgar. I think there should be a fourth fight. He can take care of business with Benson, and then I want that belt."
In the co-main event, Sam Stout completed his trilogy with Spencer Fisher, picking up the unanimous decision to bounce back from defeat to Thiago Tavares last time out.
Stout moved away from his standard striking game to display much-improved wrestling and he was delighted to showcase his diversity.
He told Fox: "I know everyone looks at me as just a kickboxer, but it's something I've been perfecting over the years, and I knew it would catch Spencer off guard.
"It was a good way to steal rounds. I really wanted to make sure I got this win. This was very important for me."
Elsewhere, Brian Ebersole secured a hard-fought unanimous points decision over TJ Waldberger to record his 50th career MMA victory.
The veteran weathered an early Waldberger storm in the opening round, where he escaped a deep d'arce choke and was rocked early on, but bounced back by imposing his impressive ground game on the youngster to extend his UFC record to 3-0.
Finally, British fighter Ross Pearson suffered his first defeat at Featherweight as he went down to a second round TKO at the hands of Cub Swanson.