Of the 23 Octagon bouts that took place this past weekend between UFC on FX 4 and UFC 148, the hottest topic to emerge was the float-like-a-butterfly-and-hardly-sting-like-a-bee strategy lightweight Clay Guida employed in a decision loss to Gray Maynard. Once again, UFC president Dana White and fans blamed MMA guru Greg Jackson for masterminding another snoozer of a game plan.
With such heated debate jamming up the message boards, we thought we’d ask Melvin Guillard (Pictured) to share his thoughts on the validity behind the abuse Jackson is taking. Who better to provide an impartial perspective than a former Jackson protégé who competes in the same division and trained in the gym with Guida?
“It’s not about the fans, it’s about his guys winning fights,” Guillard told 5thRound.com of Jackson’s concerns for pleasing ticket payers with his strategies. “A lot of people criticize [UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre] because it seems he might be fighting a little safe right now compared to before he had the title.
“If that’s the case, then that’s what it is. Having that belt around your waist makes a big difference in how much you get paid. So for guys to start playing it safe, then that’s on them. I can’t say I would be the same fighter if I was in that position. I would still want to fight to finish.”
Although Guillard executes a fan-friendly, headhunting mentality, the lightweight slugger says that type of attack doesn’t necessarily work for every fighter and may need to change depending upon who the opponent is. Regardless, the bottom line in professional sports are wins and losses – and there’s no other place that mentality rings truer than in the fight game.
“It’s not about what the fans always want, we’re the guys that’s in there fighting,” Guida reiterated. “We’re the guys that’s in the training room putting in long hours. It’s about us having a successful career.
“I don’t take anything away from Clay in how he fought him. I think he could have fought him a little bit different, as far as being a little bit more aggressive with his striking, but I think he had a good game plan going into the fight against Gray Maynard.”
As far as Guillard goes, he officially split from Jackson earlier this year and has since taken his talents to South Beach to perfect his craft with the Blackzilians. “The Young Assassin” meets Fabricio Camoes next weekend at UFC 148.