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Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida
Both guys were smack talking before the fight even started, with Guida telling Sanchez that “this is my house”, and Sanchez drawing a line in the middle of the cage and telling Guida to “bring it”!
Round 1: Despite the smack talk, they touched gloves to start the fight. They started out swinging, with Sanchez getting the better of it. Sanchez rocked Guida with strikes and knees. Sanchez continued to dominate Guida with strikes, until Guida was able to take Sanchez down. Guida landed elbows from the top, wearing Sanchez out. Sanchez was able to shake Guida off and they were back to their feet. Sanchez nailed a big head kick which knocked Guida down, it almost looked like Guida was out. Guida got back to his feet, and Sanchez teed off on him with strikes and knees. Guida got a break, pressing Sanchez against the cage, but Sanchez was able to turn around. Sanchez then got a takedown. They got back to their feet and started swinging as the round came to a close. Great first round, Sanchez looked great and Guida showed a lot of heart. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Sanchez.
Round 2: Sanchez landed a couple of punches early, but Guida was able to take him down. Sanchez landed elbows from the bottom, while Guida tried to smother him. A loud “Guida” chant broke out. Sanchez kept nailing Guida with big elbows from the bottom. The round ended with Guida on top. Tough round to call, Sanchez probably did more damage, but Guida controlled the round. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Guida.
Round 3: Sanchez grazed Guida with a head kick early. Both fighters traded big shots. Sanchez stuffed a takedown from Guida and got his back and got an arm triangle, but he lost it and Guida got on top. Guida tried to land some big shots as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Sanchez.
Winner via split decision (scores of 29-28 Guida,29-27 Sanchez,29-28 Sanchez): Diego Sanchez
After the fight, Diego asked the fans if they were entertained. He complimented Guida’s chin, and said that Guida was a machine. He noted that the weight cut got to him a little.
Guida said after the fight that he can’t be hurt and gave props to Diego Sanchez.