Guida vs Maynard: Title Shot Next?

Tonight we’re going to see what may be a fight for the ages when Clay Guida meets Gray Maynard in the headline bout of UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

This is without question a bout with title implications. Both men are in a position to get a title shot with a statement win. The only other two lightweights that might lay claim to such a shot are Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis.

The case for Nate Diaz
Nate Diaz is on a tear, having won his last three bouts in a decisive manner. His dismantling of Donald Cerrone was very impressive, and his submission of Jim Miller put him on deck for a title shot.

However, he’s lost decisions to both Clay Guida and Gray Maynard, which in my mind puts him at best in line to fight the winner to determine #1 contender.

The case for Anthony Pettis
Anthony Pettis beat current UFC lightweight champ Ben Henderson for the final WEC Lightweight belt, before that organization was absorbed into the UFC. He’s coming off wins against Jeremy Stephens and Joe Lauzon.

But he lost his UFC debut to Guida, getting out wrestled and mostly (in my opinion) dominated by the ever-active “Carpenter”.  I think Diaz has a better argument for at least #2 after tonight.

The only other lightweight I consider with a good case for the winner of Henderson-Edgar is Gilbert Melendez of Strikeforce. I don’t see Strikeforce allowing him to come over to the UFC right now, but if he were to come over, I think he would be justified claiming #1 contender and should be given an immediate title shot.

Tonight’s main event should be a great fight, with a lot riding on it for both guys. I can’t wait!