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UFC On Fox 6: Clay Guida Vs. Hatsu Hioki

Clay Guida vs. Hatsu Hioki

Next is the featherweight debut of Clay Guida (29-13), who moved down from lightweight after a loss to Gray Maynard last year. He will face Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2), with Robert Madrigal serving as the referee. Hioki was viewed as a top contender to the belt before a loss to Ricardo Lamas.

Round 1: A very loud Guida chant begins to start, as “The Carpenter” is a native of Illinois. A much-more attacking Guida than his previous fight, as he is coming after Hioki. Left slips through the defense of Hioki and lands, and now Hioki is coming after Guida. Hioki catches Guida with an uppercut, as his counter-game has been working perfectly. Superman punch by Guida misses and Hioki lands a right. Guida trying to use his strength, but Hioki quickly gets free and is back striking with precision attacks. Guida drops down and scores a double-leg takedown, much to the delight of the crowd. Hioki in full-guard with 90 seconds left, and Guida powers Hioki up against the fence. Hioki takes the back of Guida for a brief moment, but allows Hioki to free himself and they are back standing, with Hioki landing a nice knee to the head.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hioki

Round 2: Guida with a combo, but Hioki answers with a quick kick. Guida lands a leg kick, and Hioki flinches, as Guida scores a huge takedown in the center of the Octagon. Hioki grabs the left arm of Guida and is working a kimura, locking his legs around the body of Guida. Hioki transitions to an armbar attempt with three minutes left in the round. Guida is able to free himself, and lands a nice shot off the break. Elbow connects from Guida inside the guard, as does a right hand. Guida trying his best to pass guard, but Hioki isn’t allowing it. While he isn’t in a position to finish, Guida is winning the round right now with a minute left. A left from Guida connects. The ref has seen enough and stands the fighters up with 30 seconds to go. Left jab connects from Hioki. Head kick by Hioki finds its mark to finish the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guida

Round 3: Hioki counters a charging Guida with a combo to start the final round. Guida sweeps in and scores a takedown. Hioki going for a triangle choke, but Guida powers his way out. Hioki grabs the triangle again, and Guida is attempting to fold him up and break free. Guida gets himself into a more controlling position with two-plus minutes left. Guida, who has seven-plus minutes of ground control, hasn’t really done any damage on the mat. The ref stands them up with 30 seconds left, and Hioki is charging and attacking, but not really landing anything of significance.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guida

Clay Guida def. Hatsu Hioki via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)