In an interview that FanHouse published on Wednesday, UFC fighter Clay Guida critiqued the MMA skills of his opponent in Saturday night's Ultimate Fighter Finale, Diego Sanchez. That critique got back to Sanchez, and in the above video, Sanchez responds to Guida's comments.
First, as a refresher, here's part of Guida's answer to my question about Sanchez's strengths and weaknesses:
I think his stand-up is a little overrated. He's got kind of that old-school stance for a southpaw, and I think he looks kind of robotic with his stand-up. He comes out with that right leg lead and everything is 1-2 and 1-2-3, like the old-school boxing style. I think he telegraphs a lot of his kicks.That led Sanchez to tell Steve Cofield of Cage Writer that he wasn't too pleased by what he perceived as Guida's "trash talking."
"His stand-up skills are really nothing," Sanchez said. "And here I go, I hear he's talking a bunch of trash, saying that my fight was like a robot, my stand-up is like a robot, and I telegraph my kicks. ... I don't know what the heck you're talking about."
I didn't really perceive Guida's comments as trash talking; I just thought Guida gave a straightforward answer to a straightforward question about Sanchez's skills. But Sanchez took it personally, and that could make Saturday night's main event a little more interesting.