The Ultimate Fighting Championship made its way to Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey tonight for UFC on FX 4: “Maynard vs Guida.” The event was headlined by a lightweight battle between former title challenger Gray “The Bully” Maynard and veteran Clay “The Carpenter” Guida.
Also on tonight’s card, Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout and Spencer “The King” Fisher faced off in a lightweight trilogy bout, while Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole took on submission ace T.J. Waldburger in featured welterweight action. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for the UFC on FX 4 main card.
Gray “The Bully” Maynard vs Clay “The Carpenter” Guida
Guida circled early on and landed a lunging left hook. Maynard answered with one of his own and more punches were exchanged. Guida came up short with a one-two and struggled to find his range. Maynard kept his distance and neither fighter landed much of anything. Maynard threw an overhand right and Guida finally connected with a running trio of punches. Guida landed a leg kick and Maynard answered with another overhand right. 10-9 Guida, barely.
Time was called early in round two after Maynard was poked in the eye. The fight continued and the fighters traded quick punches. Maynard landed a body kick and Guida fired off a looping right. Maynard tried to cut off the cage, but Guida circled to the sides at will. Maynard missed with a wild right and Guida connected with a one-two. Maynard landed a hard right hook, but ate a head kick and a combination. Another uneventful round. 10-9 Guida.
Maynard opened round three with a right hook and Guida began to dance around the cage. Maynard threw a head kick and Guida jabbed. Maynard punched his way into a clinch and tried for a takedown, but Guida stayed on his feet. An uppercut just missed for Maynard and Guida circled around the cage while mounting almost no offence whatsoever. The crowd booed and Maynard finally managed to land two knees. 10-9 Maynard, if not 10-10, in a dreadful round.
The fourth round began where round three left off, with Guida circling around the cage and doing little else. Maynard could not cut off the angles effectively to land any punches. He tried to walk Guida down, but Guida landed sparse jabs and remained on the defensive. Maynard managed to close in long enough to land a right hook.
Guida fired back with a right of his own. Maynard clinched and landed a series of knees. He began to taunt Guida, who circled away again. Guida landed a big combination, but Maynard sprawled out of a takedown and secured a guillotine choke. Guida managed to escape and closed out the round on top. Yet another close round. 10-9 Maynard.
Maynard was able to land more punches early in the final round, but Guida stunned him with a head kick and a combination. Maynard regained his footing and scored with a right cross. More punches were exchanged and Maynard tried to close the distance to clinch. Guida circled away again and again until referee Dan Miragliotta warned him for inactivity. After the restart, Maynard landed a combination and dropped levels for a takedown. He managed to get Guida down to a knee against the cage and landed strikes as Guida stood. 10-9 Maynard.
Winner: Gray Maynard by Split Decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-48) after five rounds. He improves to 11-1-1, 1 NC.
Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout vs Spencer “The King” Fisher
Quick punches scored for both fighters early on and Fisher appeared to get the better of the exchanges. Fisher landed more punches in succession and avoided Stout’s counters. Stout landed a leg kick and scored a takedown near the fence. He struck from the top until the final minute when Fisher worked back to his feet. Stout scored another brief takedown, but Fisher stood and landed a spinning backfist. Close opening round. 10-9 Stout by a slim margin.
Stout landed body kicks in round two, but Fisher continued to find success with his lead right hook. Stout clinched and Fisher countered with a knee. Stout ducked under a spinning backfist and targeted the body again. Fisher threw more combinations to the face. He began to mix in kicks of his own and Stout responded with a flurry. Time was called after Stout was kicked in the groin. Action resumed and Stout took Fisher down. He landed punches from Fisher’s guard for the remaining minute of the round. 10-9 Stout.
Stout looked for a trip takedown in the final round, but Fisher countered with a knee and a combination. He landed another flurry of punches and a lead right hook. Both fighters landed body kicks and Stout’s face continued to swell up from Fisher’s punches. Stout landed another nice body kick and drove forward for a takedown. He got Fisher down, but Fisher battled back to his feet. Stout scored another takedown and smothered Fisher until the fighters were stood up, where they traded punches until the bell. 10-9 Stout.
Winner: Sam Stout by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds. He improves to 18-7-1.
Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole vs T.J. Waldburger
The fighters circled and traded single punches early on until Waldburger dropped Ebersole with a counter left hook. He dove in with punches and secured a tight Brabo Choke. Ebersole held on and eventually managed to roll to force Waldburger to relinquish the choke. On the feet, Ebersole targeted the body with punches and Waldburger landed a leg kick.
Ebersole secured a Thai clinch and tried to land knees. Waldburger defended, but Ebersole landed a nice elbow. Ebersole scored with a knee and Waldburger answered back with a right hook. Power punches were exchanged and both fighters landed. Waldburger countered a clinch with a standing guillotine choke attempt before the bell. 10-9 Waldburger.
Waldburger scored a takedown in the second round, but Ebersole scrambled up and reversed. He wound up on top in Waldburger’s guard. Waldburger attempted an omoplata from the bottom and Ebersole pulled his arm out. He landed a diving right hand and returned to Waldburger’s guard. Waldburger spun into an armbar and Ebersole again pulled free. Waldburger continued to try for submissions and he looked to secure a triangle choke.
Ebersole avoided danger and landed punches from the top as Waldburger worked for an armbar. As Ebersole fired off punches, Waldburger trapped him in another triangle choke. Ebersole was able to escape and he landed some big strikes from the top. A barrage of elbows from Ebersole closed out the competitive round. 10-9 Ebersole, just barely, due to the late rally.
The final round began with an exchange of punches and Ebersole landed a knee from a Thai clinch. He threw a cartwheel kick and Waldburger clinched. Ebersole took Waldburger down near the cage and landed punches from the top. Waldburger locked on a triangle choke, but Ebersole powered out and scored with knees to the body. He followed with short punches and elbows until the bell. 10-9 Ebersole.
Winner: Brian Ebersole by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. He improves to 50-14-1, 1 NC.
Cub Swanson vs Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson
After an exchange of jabs, Swanson landed a lunging right hook and kicks to the body. Pearson answered with a knee and a left hook. He slammed Swanson to the mat, but Swanson battled back to his feet and landed two knees. Swanson missed with a big right hook and ate a head kick. He recovered and sent Pearson off-balance with a counter hook.
Swanson landed another hook and just missed with an uppercut. He threw a flashy head kick, but fell and Pearson landed punches. Swanson upkicked from the ground and Pearson landed a hard right hand. Back on the feet, Swanson landed jabs and avoided a takedown. Pearson landed a combination and a grazing head kick. Close round. 10-9 Swanson.
The fighters traded more jabs in round two and Pearson got the better of it. Swanson cracked him with a right hook, but Pearson answered back with punches and tried to suplex Swanson to the mat. He managed to get Swanson down briefly, but the fight returned to the feet and Swanson landed another right hook. Pearson snuck in an uppercut and a solid left hook. Swanson missed with a wild flying knee and Pearson dumped him to the mat.
Swanson landed upkicks, but Pearson was unfazed and settled into Swanson’s guard. He postured up with punches and looked for a guillotine choke as Swanson stood up. Swanson circled away, then rushed in with a front kick. Pearson caught it, but Swanson freed himself with two right hands. A counter left hook sent Pearson crashing to the mat and Swanson dove in with more punches until the fight was stopped.
Winner: Cub Swanson by TKO (Punches) at 4:14 of round two. He improves to 17-5-0.
Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas defeated Hatsu Hioki by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. He improves to 12-2-0 with the win.
Ramsey Nijem defeated C.J. Keith by TKO (Punches) at 2:29 of round one. He improves to 6-2-0 with the win.
Rick “The Horror” Story defeated Brock “The Machine” Jardine by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds. He improves to 14-5-0 with the win.
“Super” Steven Siler defeated Joey “The Raging Warrior” Gambino by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:47 of round one. He improves to 21-9-0 with the win.
Chris Camozzi defeated Nick “The Jersey Devil” Catone by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 1:51 of round three. He improves to 17-5-0 with the win.
Matt “The Immortal” Brown defeated Luis “Beicao” Ramos by TKO (Knees & Punches) at 4:20 of round two. He improves to 15-11-0 with the win.
Dan Miller defeated Ricardo “Golden Boy” Funch by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:12 of round three. He improves to 14-6-0, 1 NC with the win.
Ken Stone defeated Dustin “The Disciple” Pague by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) after three rounds. He improves to 11-3-0 with the win.