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UFC Fight Night 39: Clay Guida Vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

ufc fight night 39

Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

A pair of featherweights will comprise our co-main event, as Clay Guida battles Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Guida (30-14) is just 1-3 in his last four, falling to Chad Mendes last August. He does hold a 2011 win over current UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

Kawajiri (33-7-2) has won each of his past six fights, including submission victory over Sean Soriano last January in his Octagon debut. He owns 12 knockout and 10 submission wins.

Round 1: The bout starts and here comes Guida flying out after Kawajiri. I don’t even think I heard the sound to start. Guida landing some big shots and he drops Kawajiri face-first to the canvas. Guida takes his back off the right hand and is going for a choke. Kawajiri being given time to recover from the shot, though, and he is fending off the submission. Guida drops for a potential single-leg takedown. Kawajiri has a potential kimura secured and that keeps Guida from going for the takedown. He rolls and transitions to an armbar. Guida tries to break the hold with a slam, but Kawajiri doesn’t release. Guida slips out and jumps to the back. Kawajiri looking for the armlock again, but Guida moves to his side, picks him up and slams him to the canvas. However, Kawajiri doesn’t let go of the hold throughout the power move by “The Carpenter.” Kawajiri gets in deep and scores with a takedown of his own.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guida

Round 2: Guida defending takedowns and throwing lefts and rights that are connecting. Guida working for another takedown, but is forced to fend off the submission lock by Kawajiri. Another power takedown from Guida, who does a nice job of avoiding the kimura for now. Kawajiri gets it and Guida rolls, breaking the kimura. Almost a modified piledriver by Kawajiri, who slams Guida on his head. No issue for Guida, who moves to side control as we go under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guida

Round 3: Guida doing his constant movement now, despite having gone 10 minutes in 80-plus degree weather and humidity outdoors. Pretty incredible. Kawajiri shoots, Guida defends and grabs the neck, looking for a potential choke. Guida is throwing elbows while Kawajiri continues to work for the finish on the takedown. Guida goes for another takedown and Kawajiri back to trying to lock in a kimura. He switches and tries to grab the neck, forcing Guida to lift him up and slam him to the canvas. Kawajiri tries to lock in the choke, but he’s unable to keep it as Guida breaks free.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Guida

Clay Guida def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via unanimous decision