Guida when asked what it would take for him to receive a Lightweight Title shot.
“Running through Gray Maynard,”
“He was the No. 1 contender for how long, probably two years. I had him No. 2 in the lightweight division all over the world for a couple years, and he had one of the wildest trilogies in MMA, let alone in the lightweight division with Frankie Edgar and he beat Frankie once, they had a draw, and he came up short on one fight.”
“He’s always up there. He’s one of the only guys to have beaten Frankie besides Benson Henderson. That says a lot about my opponent and a win over him gets me right back in title contention I believe.”
Guida left his home camp in Chicago and moved to New Mexico to train with Greg Jackson, Guida says now he has settled in New Mexico and feels right at home with his team.
Maynard also finds himself in a similar situation after his UFC 136 loss to Frankie Edgar he left Vegas for California to train at American Kickboxing Academy.
Guida feels one advantage the may have going into the bout is that Maynard may still not be properly settled in California and still be going through some growing pains in relation to the move.
“I don’t think everyone hits the ground running right away. You’re away from your family, you’re away from your friends, things like that, things that you’re used to, you’re out of your comfort zone,”
“Look at Georges St-Pierre, he was with Greg (Jackson) and lost to Matt Serra, and then went on a tear from there. His first fight he lost at Jackson’s camp and stuff, it takes some people some time to adjust.”
“This is definitely tailor made for me,” said Guida. “That’s one thing when we asked for Gray Maynard, we asked for a five-round main event because we know it plays into our cards better. The fans win in this one; the UFC wins in this one.”
UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida will take place this Friday June 22, 2012 at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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