It may not have been the barnburner that people were expecting, but Clay Guida did enough to spoil Anthony Pettis’ UFC debut tonight at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.
Guida stuck true to his roots and used his stifling wrestling offense to mostly keep “Showtime” off of his feet, earning a unanimous decision over the 24-year-old in a bout that was much closer than the scores — 30-27 across the board — indicated.
Pettis was not defeated easily, as he kept Guida from getting much offense off on the ground by using a very active guard and constantly threatening with submissions. For the times that the fight did remain upright, both men found success striking: Guida using his frantic head movement and the threat of the takedown to keep Pettis guessing and Pettis using crisp and inventive techniques to land on Guida. Pettis landed shots as frequently from his back as Guida did from the top, but his takedowns and top control won him the bout.
With the defeat, Pettis loses the title shot which was promised to him upon his winning the WEC lightweight championship prior to the UFC’s absorption of the WEC. The Duke Roufus-trained Milwaukee native also falls to 13-2 and sees his four-fight winning streak snapped.
Guida improves to 29-11 overall and strengthens his claim to a title shot, having won four in a row himself.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale took place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.