Originally Posted by oldfan
I agree with both of you and it could backfire on Gray.
Long hair makes it easier for your opponent to control your head. makes it harder to escape chokes. interferes with your vision and your breathing.
Ever notice how many times Clay wipes it out of his face in a fight? We might see a new and improved carpenter.
Yes, the hair is way more disadvantageous for the guy who has it on his head than for his opponent. There is a reason why 99% of the fighters have short or no hair.
With Guida's amount of fluffy hair, the referee probably wouldn't even notice if the opponent had a little grab of it in the Thai clinch to control Guida's head. On the ground it's really a pain in the ass. Even if the opponent knees unintentionally (and how to decide if he didn't aim a little for it) on the hair, it restricts the Guida's head movement to avoid any of his opponent's manoeuvers. And as you said, it generally makes it harder to escape choke, because of the additional friction and interferes with Guida's vision.
In addition, as others have mentioned, even though it may make the targeting a little harder for the opponent (even though he usually just has to aim for the middle) many strikes look like they hit their target in the juddges eyes, just because the fist/foot dives into the mass of hair and it swings around.
...maybe Maynard is just a sportsman and doesn't want any unfair advantages on his side