UFC returned to Atlantic City on Friday, June 22nd for UFC on FX 4: Guida vs Maynard. Like many FX cards, the action was there from the first fight through the last with a variety of finishes. In the main event, Clay Guida and Gray Maynard went to battle to rebound from their previous loss and springboard back to the top of the lightweight division.
After fighting to a draw and being knocked out, Gray Maynard had a lot to prove against the tough Clay Guida. Guida did what Guida does best, bounce around and land short punches while avoiding the heavy hands of Maynard. The first two rounds Guida’s strategy was working as planned, frustrating Maynard. But then in the third Maynard started to find the rhythm and was able to connect with his power shots. The fourth Maynard got fed up with the stick and moving of Guida and even taunted Guida to hit him with his best shot. Guida did just that, but Maynard seemed un-phased. Even after eating three punches, Maynard was able to stay collected on a takedown attempt by Guida, even working a tight guillotine. The fifth round was more of Guida doing what his teammate Carlos Condit did to Nick Diaz, but referee Dan Miragliotta warned Guida to engage more. This fired up Maynard even more, and a close round was split between the judges. In the end, Maynard earned the split decision victory.
Spenser Fisher and Sam Stout completed their trilogy, six years after the first time the two threw leather at each other. The question was which fighter was going to be more evolved since their previous battles. The answer was Sam Stout. The start of the fifteen minute battle looked much like the two previous fights, both fighters standing toe-to-toe and both fighters throwing bomb after bomb. But then Stout decided to switch things up and took Fisher down. It wasn’t the last attempt, but it was probably the most crucial. The third round Stout again scored a takedown and it looked like he was going to hold the position and finish the round with ground and pound. To the crowd’s delight, that wasn’t the case as the two finished the fight standing, slugging it out much like they started.
TJ Waldburger’s talent was on full display against Brian Ebersole. Unfortunately Ebersole’s experience proved to be too much for Waldburger. The first round was almost over before it started as Waldburger dropped Ebersole with a short right. When Waldburger jumped on his fallen foe, he was tied up and Ebersole was able to recover and found his range. The second and third rounds saw Ebersole landing valuable point earning strikes while escaping submission attempts from Waldburger. Much like when he was dropped in the first and nearly looked finished, a guillotine choke and triangle choke attempt by Waldburger were close to earning the finish. But Ebersole was able to show that he had been in those positions before and knew how to escape.
Two featherweight fights put some new faces atop the division. Cub Swanson looked to use his speed over Ross Pearson’s power and for the most part he was able to do that. He was able to get in and out of the range of Pearson, landing short shot after short shot. But Pearson at times landed bigger punches and looked like he was going to cruise to a victory via his damage. Unfortunately Pearson let his hands hang down and Swanson landed two rights and a left that dropped Pearson in the second. He followed it up with a couple of short shots and earned the knockout victory.
Just one fight prior, Ricardo Lamas took on top contender Hatsu Hioki. The first round Hioki was able to utilize his aggressive clinch to get the fight to the ground. Once there he forced Lamas to scramble time and time again, all the while being baited into Hioki’s submission game. In the second round Lamas found his range and started to land some big punches. Hioki attempted a takedown, but Lamas showed his submission skills with a guillotine choke of his own. Hioki was able to escape, only to be put back into the submission again. Lamas couldn’t finish the choke, but Hioki didn’t have much offense after escaping. The third round was more of the same as Lamas landed strikes before Hioki shot for the takedown. Lamas was ready for it and grabbed a deep arm in guillotine choke. Somehow Hioki survived and just laid on top of Lamas eating body punch after body punch till the bell rang.
- Gray Maynard def. Clay Guida by 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 (punches) – Round 2, 4:14
- Ricardo Lamas def. Hatsu Hioki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Ramsey Nijem def. C.J. Keith via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:29
- Rick Story def. Brock Jardine via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Steven Siler def. Joey Gambino via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:47
- Chris Camozzi def. Nick Catone via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 3, 1:51
- Matt Brown def. Luis Ramos via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:20
- Dan Miller def. Ricardo Funch via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 3:12
- Ken Stone def. Dustin Pague via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)