With seven Fight of the Night Awards and three Fight of the Year Awards combined between them, a clash between ‘The Bully’ and ‘The Carpenter’ promised to be an electrifying matchup. Additionally, the bout carried heavy implications for the next lightweight contender with both men entering the bout with a loss to a former champion. With both men on the precipice of obtaining a title shot, fireworks were to be expected, however, that was not the case.
What transpired was something that could be categorized as less than eventful. The majority of the fight featured an uncharacteristic Glay Guida unwilling to engage as he seemed content to throw single shots and dart in and out of combat. While Guida landed a few significant strikes, the story of the bout was reflected in a frustrated Maynard aggressively trying to pursue Guida in order to instigate action. Guida, however, would not comply as he stored aside his usual frenetic, high paced, aggressive style for a less risky single shot game plan, drawing parallels with Carlos Condit’s performance against Nick Diaz.
Guida’s employment of this new game plan would have its consequences as two out of three judges scored the fight against him and for Gray Maynard, naming him the victor with a split decision.
Despite walking away with a victory, Maynard could still be seen visibly dissatisfied following the bout.
In his post fight interview, he vocalized his displeasure stating, “I thought Guida was coming to fight. You know, I came to fight, I wanted to get bloody, have fun. It was a five round fight. I wanted to prove to people I could go a hard five.”
UFC President Dana White echoed similar sentiments, commenting with, “That fight f*cking sucked.”
Unfortunately, in a situation like this everyone loses. So what could be done to keep incidents like this from reoccurring?
A possible remedy to this issue could be the introduction of finish bonuses alongside the Fight of the Night awards that are already in place.
The UFC wants exciting fighters and exciting fights, however, the contracts they have setup counterproductively operate against that. Many fighters have contracts that have 50% of their pay tied into a win. For fighters making anywhere between $10,000 to $40,000, that is a significant difference in salary and it is arguable that this could cause fighters to concentrate more on obtaining a win rather than a definitive finish.
Creating some sort of system that rewards finishes, perhaps in the form of adding a 25% salary finish bonus could potentially be a solution to this problem as it would provide more incentive for fighters that are reluctant to engage. Likewise, it could prevent more cases like this from repeating itself.
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