Clay Guida Not Apologizing for His Strategy at UFC on F/X 4
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.25.2012
He says he had a good time…
Clay Guida recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his strategy against Gray Maynard, which was criticized by fans and Dana White for amounting to "running," and more. Check out the highlights:
On the strategy: "I think sometimes judges get the misconception of what mixed martial arts really is. The guy who gets hit the least usually is the victor. I can't wait to see the FightMetric of strikes that were landed versus strikes that were thrown. (It was) five rounds of fun. I know Gray had a good time out there – I saw the frustration in his face. That was the plan. Our plan was to wear him down more and just not sit in the pocket with him. I felt confident in my combinations, but the dude hits like a Mack truck, and I didn't want to be there for too much of it."
On his implementation of the plan: "It was hard for me not to stay in the pocket when Gray was throwing those big punches, but then he quickly reminded me when he socked me in the face and jaw and cheek a couple times. (My coaches are) masters of strategy. It may not be the most exciting, but I thought it was a pretty exciting 25-minute fight."
On the poor fan reaction: "The goombahs in the crowd – the boos motivate me, and I was just getting into my groove. (Should I use) the game plan that they're used to from me, playing Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots and getting my head kicked off or punched in the face? Or stick to a smart strategy and don't be there for big punches? I like my game plan that Greg and Coach (Mike Winkeljohn) and (Israel Martinez) came up with."