Inexperienced (24-10-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) and Guida (35-19 MMA, 15-13 UFC) had been initially scheduled to combat in June 2018, however the matchup fell aside when Inexperienced withdrew from the cardboard, and Guida went on to undergo a fast submission loss to alternative opponent Charles Oliveira.
The strain spilled over after the bout, although, when Guida referred to as Inexperienced a “coward” for not preventing him and referred to him as “Bobby Yellow.” That didn’t sit nicely with Inexperienced, who fired again with some intense messages, together with that Guida received “punk’d worse than CM Punk” in reference to the previous WWE star who misplaced by choice on the identical UFC 225 card.
Quick ahead to current day, the place the pair are lastly scheduled to share the octagon at UFC on ESPN 11. Inexperienced, nonetheless, stated he’s been compelled to channel his feelings going into Saturday’s ESPN-televised card at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
“Sure and no,” Inexperienced informed reporters, together with MMA Junkie, when requested if issues are private with Guida throughout UFC on ESPN 11 digital media day. “As a result of on the finish it’s simply enterprise. It’s simply enterprise within the side that I’m going to beat you up it doesn’t matter what, so I’m not fearful about who stated what, as a result of on the finish of the day you’ve received to come back in and see me, and also you’ve received to pay for what you stated. I preserve telling myself to not get too emotional with like, ‘Hey, what had been you saying?’ You then take (a punch).”
Inexperienced stated his points with Guida stem much less from himself and extra from his buddy, Nate Diaz. There’s a historical past with Guida handing Diaz his first octagon defeat at UFC 94 in January 2009. The pair have had some run-ins since then, and Inexperienced stated he doesn’t like how Guida has carried out himself.
“Nate (Diaz) is sort of a cousin to me,” Inexperienced stated. “I used to stay on Nate’s sofa. He let me sleep on his sofa totally free for like two weeks whereas I skilled with him and stuff. Nate and him received into it, so to me it’s like, ‘Ah, I’ll give him a one up for my canine, actually.’ In that approach it’s private.”
For Inexperienced, UFC on ESPN 11 represents a crucial second in his profession. He’s received only one victory in his previous seven fights relationship again to November 2014. All however a kind of losses have been comparatively aggressive selections, although, and Inexperienced intends to make some changes in his strategy to make sure there’s a much bigger hole.
“I can’t let these fights get shut,” Inexperienced stated. “I’m like a quarterback, and I’m making these calls and these selections, and there’s numerous danger in preventing. So, typically I have a tendency to not take these dangers as a result of you possibly can blow the entire alternative. I performed it secure considering, ‘Oh, the judges will see, and the judges will know.’ They don’t know, they usually don’t see, so perhaps I’ll take extra dangers to indicate my true me. This combat you’re going to see much more flashy stuff. It’s going to be on.”