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After canceling a Tuesday showdown with MMA instructor Ed Clay and rescheduling it for today, Chris Garland
has (once and for all!?) backed out of the grudge match.
Gym employees say Garland showed up to the gym on 490 Allied Drive about an hour before the match and forfeited. The ground rules Garland set struck Pith
as curious to begin with--no strikes. From the cheap seats that sounds like a pure Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match, Clay's bread and butter. Take Garland's karate strikes away and you aren't left with much.
Said a nonplussed Clay in his office: "It's like me going up to a boxer and sayin', '8-ounce gloves, boxing match.' The rules he set--fantastic! I'm not gonna get punched."
When asked whether he'd consider fighting Garland if he changed his mind, Clay didn't say no, but he also didn't sound too keen on preparing for a match that may or may not happen.