Clay Guida may not be the most technically skilled fighters in the UFC but his popularity is based on his never-back-down attitude each fight. He has won Fight of the Night honors three times in his career, won Submission of the Night twice and Fight of the Year in 2009. Although he suffered two straight losses to Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian in his bid to become the top contender fot the UFC lightweight title match, his popularity continues to flourish because of his fighting style.
At UFC 125: Resolution on New Year’s night, Guida once again put up a good show by beating ‘The Fireball Kid’ Takanori Gomi of Japan for his third consecutive victory. Gomi is a relative newcomer to the UFC but is well-known in Japan during the era of PRIDE FC. He is coming off a knockout victory over Tyson Griffin after losing in his UFC debut to Kenny Florian.
Guida controlled the match against Gomi from the start with his footwork, often making Gomu miss his shots. Guida tagged Gomi twice in the first round with head kicks and later on scored a takedown before the first round ended.
In the second round, Guida continued to make Gomi miss until a knee strike forced him to take the Japanese fighter down. Guida failed on an arm triangle attempt but eventually submitted Gomi with a guillotine choke at the 4:27 mark of the second round.
With his third straight win, Guida put himself in title contention once again.