Guida likens UFC 147 booing crowd to Jersey Shore crowd
Until this weekend, you could count on a few sure things in life: Death, Taxes, and Clay Guida having exciting fights.
Following the UFC on FX 4 headliner between Clay Guida and Gray Maynard during which “The Carpenter” debuted a new Jog n Jab style, for once, UFC President Dana White did not hold back his thoughts. “The fight sucked,” explained White.
The crowd was if anything more upset, moving from being clearly pro Guida to lustily booing as Guida sought to evade Maynard’s bombs, in an unsucessful strategy (Maynard won a Split Decision victory).
In a post fight interview, Guida expressed no regrets, said he like the Jackson’s MMA crafted strategy, and criticised the MMA fans in attendance.
“It motivates me even more [to hear the boos],” Guida said later when asked what he thought of the crowd turning on him. “We’re on the Jersey shore, and I think there’s a misconception of what mixed martial arts is. Yeah, it motivates me even more than anything. The boos motivated me, and I was just getting into my groove. Three rounds is a warm-up; five rounds [and] I was still bouncing around.”
But given the turncoat nature of the fans on hand, ESPN.com asked Guida the question: If knew the crowd would turn on him going in would he have stuck to his game plan? Would he have changed anything?
“I’d stick to my game plan,” he said, his left eye swollen shut. “The game plan that they’re used to, just going in there and playing Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em robots and get my head kicked off and get punches in the face? No. I stuck to a smart strategy and wasn’t there for big punches. I liked my game plan.”