Two of the UFC’s lightweight staples are now set to face-off as Clay Guida (29-12) and Gray Maynard (10-1-1) will contend for their chance to return to the upper echelon of the division. UFC officials have announced that the bout has been agreed upon by both parties and will look to headline UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City on June 22nd.
“The Carpenter,” Guida was riding high recently with four consecutive wins until losing a recent number one contender bout to now lightweight champion Benson Henderson at the inaugural UFC on Fox card.
Former 2011 top lightweight contender Gray Maynard was thought to be the likely next title holder by many as he rattled the former champ Frankie Edgar time and time again in their back-to-back title fights. Unfortunately for Maynard, one small slip in round four left enough room for the former champ to capitalize and put Maynard to sleep via punches.
Even following recent losses, many still considered both men to be in the top five of the UFC division. However, with such a deep talent pool at 155 lb., it’s unknown if the fight would be a top contender fight. With the division title already on hold with a third straight title rematch and contenders like former WEC champ Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller on the way-side, it’s safe to say that challenges for the future lightweight title holder is a non-issue .