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"I'm not sure what they were trying to do by complaining about that, but whatever it was, it didn't work," Guida told Cagewriter. "I'm here to fight and not talk about my hair."
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Clay Guida's (29-12) iconic hair will be braided back for his fight against Gray Maynard (10-1) on June 22nd, following a complaint from Maynard's coaches at American Kickboxing Academy to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. Neither fighter made much of the hair issue, as Guida hastily agreed to wear cornrows to avoid any issue entirely and Maynard didn't even hear about the complaint
"I never filed a complaint," Maynard told MMAJunkie.com. "This was the first I've ever heard about it."
Gray Maynard is a wrestler by trade, competing in the 2001 NCAA Division I Collegiate Wrestling Championship. Maynard's take downs have proven difficult to stop, and we saw in his title fight against Frankie Edgar that he can control the stand up game and land heavy punches as well. However, Guida's style is unique and almost like nothing Maynard has faced before. Despite his barbaric appearance, Guida is a smart fighter, showing aggression without being reckless. His movement is fast and unpredictable, and you never know when he's going to try and take it to the ground. Looking at these two fighters' records, Guida has the finisher advantage. Whereas almost half of Guida's wins are either KO's or submissions, the vast majority of Maynard's wins come from decision, with only 2 victories of 10 via knockout and no submissions. On the other hand, Maynard's wrestling talent gives him excellent top-control, and Guida isn't known for pulling submissions from bottom position.
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Guida has experience, persistence, and finishing power on his side. He's a fighter that never quits, which is a problem for someone who's found difficulty in ending fights before the bell. If Maynard dominates any given round, Guida will still have the next round to try and put him away. This danger is compounded by the extra ten minutes the fighters get in the cage by way of this being the main event. I expect an energetic back-and-fourth bout, but Guida's movement combined with his heart (in a cardio and mental sense) should allow him to overcome Maynard.