The UFC’s fourth installment on FX featured a key lightweight battle between former title challenger Gray Maynard and longtime veteran Clay Guida. Both fighters looked to bounce back from recent losses and back into the 155-pound title picture. In the night’s co-main event, Canadian Sam Stout battled Spencer Fisher for third time, having split the first two fights.

The event took place from the Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J. FX aired the four-fight main card, while the preliminary card was split between Fuel TV and a Facebook stream.

Maynard gets last laugh over Guida

In one of the most bizarre main events in recent history, lightweight Gray Maynard took home a split decision win over Clay Guida.

Guida’s game plan from the opening bell was to avoid exchanging with Maynard. In the first frame, Guida used his speed and unorthodox footwork to bloody the nose of Maynard and claim the round.

However, in the second and third rounds, Guida’s movement resembled running more than fighting—prompting loud boos from the crowd. Maynard responded by flipping off Guida and yelling, “F*ck you, man.”

The fourth frame saw Maynard drop his hands and implore Guida to hit him. When Guida obliged, Maynard attacked with a takedown and then a guillotine attempt to claim the round.

In the final round, Guida was warned by the referee for stalling. Maynard scored with a series of clinch knees that would prove to be the difference on the scorecards.

“That stuff got old,” Maynard said of Guida’s antics in his victory speech. “I thought he came to fight.”

“I think there should be fourth fight (with Frankie Edgar) after he does his thing with Benson Henderson,” the former title challenger said about his next bout.

Stout shows improved wrestling to settle third bout with Fisher

Canadian lightweight Sam Stout had enough of trading with veteran Spencer Fisher on the feet, landing takedowns in every round on the way to unanimous decision win.

Fisher scored early on the feet, showing that despite considering retirement he held a speed advantage over his younger opponent. Stout responded with a takedown midway through the round and delivered elbows from the top.

The second and third stanzas were mirror images of the opening frame, as Stout timed his takedowns to neutralize Fisher’s advances. Fisher managed to bloody Stout’s right eye with repeated straight lefts, but his inability to keep the fight standing proved to be his demise.

All three judges gave Stout all three rounds, giving him the win and the pair’s trilogy.

Ebersole survives submission barrage, takes decision over Waldburger

Grizzled welterweight Brian Ebersole showed why it’s been over seven years since he was last forced to tap as he outlasted a very game T.J. Waldburger.

Waldburger dropped Ebersole with a counter left hand early in the first round and quickly moved to the mount. The submission ace slapped on a D’arce choke that saw Ebersole turn a variety of colors, but the 65-fight veteran escaped and survived the round.

In the final two rounds, Ebersole used his wrestling to put Waldburger on his back. Waldburger attacked with multiple armbar and triangle attempts, but Ebersole never panicked and delivered a constant flurry of hammerfists from the top.

When the scorecards were announced, Ebersole took home his 50th career win and fourth straight in the UFC.

Swanson dismantles Pearson

A healthy Cub Swanson is a dangerous man. Former Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson learned that firsthand in New Jersey.

Swanson showcased a significant speed advantage against the longtime lightweight Pearson. The Jackson’s MMA product repeatedly connected with combinations as Pearson desperately sought a fight-ending shot.

In the final minute of the second frame, a left hook from Swanson sent Pearson crashing to the ground against the fence. A few follow-up shots and referee Yves Lavinge had seen enough.

The TKO win is the second consecutive finish for Swanson, who looks to take a big step up the 145-pound ladder.

Preliminary Card Summary

Ricardo Lamas scored a huge upset by taking a unanimous decision win over consensus No. 2 ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki. Lamas scored with numerous leg kicks and continually worked for guillotine chokes over the course of the three rounds. Hioki managed to survive the submission attempts, but mounted very little offense, which ultimately cost him on the scorecards.

Lightweight Ramsey Nijem made sure that C.J. Keith paid for missing weight in their undercard battle. Keith looked like he might play spoiler in his UFC debut, mounting Nijem in the opening minute. Nijem quickly reversed and rained punches and elbows from the mount, prompting a referee’s stoppage.

For the first time in over a year, welterweight Rick Story found victory by dispatching of promotional newcomer Brock Jardine. Story outclassed Jardine on the feet with head movement and body shots, but it was his timely takedowns and superior grappling that earned him the clear-cut decision win.

Steven Siler gave the debuting Joey Gambino a rude welcome to the Octagon, handing the featherweight his first career loss. Siler cut Gambino early with a knee, and then took the fight to the mat. Once on the ground, Siler showed off a slick submission game, forcing Gambino to tap to a guillotine.

Middleweight Chris Camozzi battled not only opponent Nick Catone, but Catone’s hometown crowd en route to his third-round TKO win. Camozzi displayed superb takedown defense for the majority of two rounds, but Catone may have eeked out both frames by taking the fight to the ground late. However, in the final round, Camozzi came out firing, opening a huge cut over Catone’s left eye and forcing the doctor to call the bout.

Veteran Matt Brown picked up his third win of 2012 by stopping Brazilian Luis Ramos in their welterweight contest. Ramos controlled the first round with his grappling, but Brown poured it on in the second frame, forcing the referee to intervene after a barrage of clinch knees and uppercuts.

New Jersey native Dan Miller had a successful welterweight debut by submitting Brazilian Ricardo Funch in the third round. The pair battled back-and-forth for the opening two rounds, but in the final round, Miller dropped Funch with a right cross and then finished the fight with his always-dangerous guillotine.

Bantamweight Ken Stone made sure that Ultimate Fighter alum Dustin Pague would not pick up his second victory in two weeks after claiming a split decision win. The closely-contested bout saw two of the three judges give Stone the nod.

FULL RESULTS

Gray Maynard def. Clay Guida by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Sam Stout def. Spencer Fisher by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Brian Ebersole def. T.J. Waldburger by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Cub Swanson def. Ross Pearson by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:14
Ricardo Lamas def. Hatsu Hioki by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Ramsey Nijem def. C.J. Keith by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:29
Rick Story def. Brock Jardine by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Steven Siler def. Joey Gambino by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 2:47
Chis Camozzi def. Nick Catone by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 3, 1:51
Matt Brown def. Luis Ramos by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:20
Dan Miller def. Ricardo Funch by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3, 3:12
Ken Stone def. Dustin Pague by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Photo: Gray Maynard (James Law/Heavy MMA)

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