UFC Vegas 52 Co-Main Event Preview: Clay Guida – Claudio Puelles

Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 52, we will see an entertaining scrap in the lightweight division. Hall of Famer and fan favorite Clay Guida (37-21) is back as he takes on rising contender Claudio Puelles (11-2).

Puelles will enter UFC Vegas 52 on a four-fight winning streak. After losing his UFC debut by TKO to Martin Bravo, Puelles has been on an impressive run since. The grappling expert has rattled off four consecutive victory with his most recent coming in December.

Two of those four wins are by kneebar and you can bet he’ll be looking for a submission at UFC Vegas 52. Out of his eleven professional wins, six of them have come via submission.

However, he’s going to have his hands full tomorrow night with the active Clay Guida. UFC HOFer Clay Guida will be looking to pick up his second straight win. The last time we saw him was in December when he took on Leonardo Santos.

Things didn’t start well as Guida was almost finished in the first. However, he weathered the storm and stormed back in the second round to pick up the 17th win in his long UFC career.

UFC Vegas 52 Prediction

I’m very curious to see what the game plan is for Clay Guida tomorrow night. Typically, we see Guida use his active striking to setup his takedowns. He always looks to utilize his wrestling, however, I think he might want to keep things standing at UFC Vegas 52.

Puelles is very good on the ground, but he’s not incredibly polished on the feet. Not only that, he’s also not incredibly active on the feet. If this fight stays standing, I can see Guida easily winning a decision just simply based on his activity.

That being said, if it touches the mat, Puelles can win by submission. I keep going back and forth with my pick for the UFC Vegas 52 co-main. I’ll say this, if it goes to the scorecards, Guida is winning the fight. If the fight is stopped, Puelles is winning by submission. A coin flip pick for me, but I’m going with the Hall of Famer.

Prediction: Clay Guida by Decision

UFC books Clay Guida – Claudio Puelles

The UFC has finalized a lightweight matchup that will mark the 2022 debut of one of the more beloved fighters in the division. Fordewin MMA was the first to report over the weekend that the promotion has finalized a lightweight battle between Clay Guida (37-21) and Claudia Puelles (11-2).

The matchup will take place at a UFC Fight Night on April 23rd. This is a massive fight for Puelles who will be looking to pick up his fifth straight win. After starting out his career 7-1, the UFC signed Puelles back in 2016. However, his debut didn’t go well.

After losing his debut, Puelles completely turned things around. After that loss, he’s won four straight to earn him this shot against a guy like Clay Guida. Puelles hasn’t been the most active guy since making his UFC debut, but he had a very strong 2021.

After nearly two years away from the octagon, Puelles returned last June when he took on the previously unbeaten Jordan Leavitt. He won that fight by decision. Then he fought at a UFC Fight Night on December 4th and submitted Chris Gruetzemacher. Now, he gets the biggest fight of his career in April.

UFC Fight Night

Clay Guida entered 2021 on a two-fight losing streak. Given the losing streak and his age, there were a lot of questions surrounding The Carpenter. However, he answered all the doubters and had himself a very strong 2021 UFC campaign.

He started the year in February taking on Michael Johnson. After winning that fight by decision, he got a fight with Mark Madsen in August. The fight was incredibly close and he lost a split decision. However, he bounced back strongly by submitting Leonardo Santos in December.

Had one judge felt differently, Clay Guida could’ve gone 3-0 in the UFC in 2021. Guida showed in his last fight that he doesn’t plan on slowing down at all. Now, he’s taking on a tough young contender and will look to pick up his third win in his last four fights.

UFC Vegas 44 Preview: Clay Guida – Leonardo Santos

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC Vegas 44, we will see a lightweight showdown between two aging veterans. The popular Clay Guida (36-21) returns tomorrow night as he takes on the talented Leonardo Santos (18-4-1).

Leonardo Santos will be looking to bounce back tomorrow night after suffering defeat in his last fight. The last time we saw Santos was against Grant Dawson back in March. Santos looked like he was seconds away from winning, but was stopped in the final seconds of the final round.
Had he won that fight, Santos would have won 13 out of 14 fights with one draw. So far, Santos is 7-1-1 in the UFC, but he hasn’t been very active. Those nine fights have spanned the last eight years. He is 41 years old and looked old in his last fight which could hinder his output tomorrow night.
That said, he’s taking on another older UFC vet in Clay Guida. The Carpenter is a fan favorite and for good reason. Whether it’s his antics in the cage or the constant movement, Guida has been a source of entertainment for UFC fans since 2006.
In his last fight, he lost a really close decision to Mark Madsen. Had he won that fight, Guida would have won two in a row. The veteran has been in there with some of the very best that the UFC has to offer and he will definitely test Santos tomorrow.

UFC Vegas 44 Prediction

This is a really weird fight to predict seeing as I don’t really know what to expect from Santos. Santos has had a tremendous career and he’s enjoyed a ton of success, but he hit a bit of a wall in his last fight especially near the end of the fight.
Unless he pull away early on, he could be in some trouble against Guida if he hits a wall. Guida is going to come on strong in the later rounds because he simply doesn’t run out of energy. So if Santos isn’t far ahead on the scorecards at UFC Vegas 44, the fight is there for Guida to take.
If this was prime Clay Guida, I’d say he has a great shot. However, this isn’t prime Clay Guida. Guida hasn’t shown the same ability to close the distance in recent fights. His takedown attempts aren’t great and his strikes are coming few and far between.
Ultimately, I think the Santos is going to get it done at UFC Vegas 44. I’m expecting some big early moments for Santos. While Guida will definitely score some points throughout, it won’t be enough to win a decision.
Prediction: Leonardo Santos by Unanimous Decision

UFC booking Clay Guida – Leonardo Santos

A UFC fan favorite and legend is gearing up for another sprint to the octagon. Clay Guida (36-21) is returning this December when he takes on lightweight contender Leonardo Santos (18-4-1). The matchup will take place at a Fight Night on December 4th.

Guida was the first to announce on his Instagram that the UFC had booked the matchup between him and Santos. For Santos, he’s going to be looking to bounce back after he suffered his first UFC loss in his last bout.

The last time we saw Santos was when he got stopped by Grant Dawson in the final seconds of the third round. Had that fight gone to the scorecards, Santos would’ve won another decision which would’ve made him 8-0-1 in the UFC.

However, Dawson pulled off the miracle stoppage win and handed Santos his first loss in the octagon. After taking some time off, Santos is ready to get back at it and he’s going to be taking on a UFC Hall of Famer upon his return in December.

UFC Hall of Famer Returns

The legend himself will run to the octagon again on December 4th before getting slapped by his brother and sprinting around the cage. Clay Guida is one of a kind and whenever he gets ready to step into the octagon, there’s a real excitement from UFC fans.

No, Guida doesn’t always have the most entertaining fights. However, there’s something about Guida that’s infectious. The constant movement and the constant ability to keep you on your toes as a fan makes Guida fun to watch.

Over the course of his career, he’s been in there with some of the very best that the UFC has to offer. He’s been in there with former world champions and has big wins over former world champions like Anthony Pettis.

Now, in the twilight of his career, things are starting to slow down for Guida. However, the UFC Hall of Famer isn’t ready to hang things up at all. The last time we saw him was in August when he lost to Mark Madsen by split decision.

Had the decision gone to Guida, he would’ve had two straight UFC wins and might’ve been looking at a ranked fighter next. Well, he is getting a great opponent in Leonardo Santos and this fight should tell us a lot about where Clay Guida is.

UFC Vegas 34 Preview: Clay Guida – Mark Madsen

Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 34 we will see a fun matchup between grapplers at 155 pounds. Fan favorite Clay Guida (36-20) is back as he’s taking on former Olympic Silver Medalist, Mark Madsen (10-0).

The last time we saw the Carpenter was back in February when he took on former Ultimate Fighter finalist Michael Johnson. Both men were entering the contest on losing streaks so a win was a must-need. Guida was able to pick up the unanimous decision victory.

The Carpenter has been with the UFC since 2006 and he seems as lively as ever. After his win over Michael Johnson, Guida said that he wanted the UFC to give him some contenders so he can start climbing the division.

The promotion obliged in giving him Mark Madsen. Madsen will be making his third appearance with the UFC. He hasn’t fought since March of 2020 due to some injuries, but he’s back and ready to go.

Madsen defeated Austin Hubbard at UFC 248 in his last fight to advance to 2-0 in the octagon. The former Silver Medalist in Greco Roman is ready to get the biggest win of his MMA career tomorrow night.

UFC Vegas 34 Prediction

I’m very intrigued by this matchup in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 34. On one hand, you can think of this as a matchup between grapplers where one man has far more credentials than the other.

Guida has long been known for his wrestling. However, Madsen is just on another level in terms of grappling. We don’t see many Olympic Medalists in the UFC and when we do, they usually do very well.

While Guida normally likes to wrestle, he should try to keep this fight at distance. We’ve seen some sharp striking from Guida in the past, and his unorthodox movements could cause Madsen some problems.

If Madsen is able to get Guida against the fence or in a grappling position for two of these rounds, he’s going to pickup his third UFC win. I just don’t see Guida being able to outgrapple him.

However, Guida has the massive advantage in terms of cardio and he knows how to score points. I do believe you’re going to see Madsen have some success, but something tells me Guida is going to score more on the feet. In the third round, I really like Guida’s activity. Call me crazy, but I’m going with Clay Guida in a razor close fight.

Prediction: Clay Guida by Split Decision

UFC books Clay Guida – Mark O. Madsen

One of the more popular fighters in the UFC has his next date and he has a big challenge in front of him. Today, we learned that Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (36-20) is going to be taking on the undefeated Mark O. Madsen (10-0).

The matchup will take place at a UFC Fight Night on August 21st. The news was first reported by Danish outlet ViaRitzau and later confirmed by MMA Fighting. Guida will be trying to make it two in a row on August 21st.

If there was any fighter that personifies the statement that age is just a number it’s Clay Guida. The Carpenter is getting ready to turn 40 years old at the end of the year, but there are no signs of him slowing down.

In his last UFC appearance, Guida took on former Ultimate Fighter runner-up Michael Johnson. Guida looked great and used his suffocating pace and style to smother Michael Johnson and win a decision.

That decision win snapped a two-fight losing streak for Guida. Guida is 4-3 in his last seven UFC matchups, but one of those is against the current lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira.

The Olympian in the UFC

Mark O. Madsen will be making his third appearance in the UFC. This will be his first fight since UFC 248 when he took on Austin Hubbard. Madsen broke his jaw in that contest which is why we haven’t seen The Olympian in some time.

Madsen is one of the most decorated wrestlers to have ever competed in the UFC. He’s a three-time Olympian and he won a silver medal. The lightweight is hoping that he can capture a UFC title to go along with his Olympic medal.

Due to his commitment to the Olympics, Madsen sidelined his MMA career in 2014 after starting 2-0. He competed in the 2016 Summer games before resuming his MMA career. In 2018 he returned and he hasn’t looked back since.

This will be his biggest test thus far. Guida has been in there with the very best the UFC has to offer and his style is incredibly difficult to deal with. This should be a fun one on August 21st.

After another loss at UFC Vegas 26, Donald Cerrone to get one more chance

Donald Cerrone

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 26, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-16, 2 NC) took on Alex Morono (19-7, 1 NC). Morono stepped up as a short-notice replacement for Diego Sanchez who was released by the UFC before the fight.

This was a very dangerous fight for Cowboy to take. Heading into UFC Vegas 26, Cerrone had lost essentially five fights in a row. His last fight against Niko Price was a No Contest, but if a point wouldn’t have been taken away from Price, Cerrone would’ve lost.

Prior to the NC, he was defeated four straight times including getting finished three times in the first round. Cerrone needed a win in the worst way at UFC Vegas 26, but Alex Morono wasn’t going to be an easy fight.

Morono is a hungry welterweight who wanted to take advantage of the moment and that’s what he did. With about a minute left in the opening round, Morono cracked Cerrone with huge right hand that wobbled him.

Cowboy backed to the fence and tried to fend him off, but there was nothing he could do. Morono continued to pour on the shots until the referee stopped in and it was another first round loss for Cerrone. His fourth first round loss in his last six UFC appearances.

One more chance in the UFC

If you ask Dana White who his favorite fighters have been to deal with in the UFC, Donald Cerrone is likely near the top of the list. For years, Cowboy has been the one guy who was always willing to step in and fight anyone at anytime.

However, at 38 years old, Cowboy is starting to show the signs of all those fights. In 2019, Cerrone looked like he was closing in on a UFC title shot. Having won three fights in a row at 155, the promotion gave him Tony Ferguson.

Ferguson dominated the fight and after that Cerrone fought Justin Gaethje. Gaethje knocked him out in the first round and then Cerrone suffered the same fate at UFC 246 when he fought Conor McGregor.

Dana White said the UFC would give Cerrone one more chance, but it’s a must-win. With that, who should he fight? Well, I’m thinking someone along the lines of Bobby Green (27-11-1) or Clay Guida (36-20).

Both of those guys have been around for a long time and have recognizable names. Also, both of those are winnable fights for Cowboy. Someone cut of that cloth should be next and win or lose, Cowboy should strongly consider hanging it up afterwards.

After having winning streak snapped at UFC 259, what’s next for Drew Dober?

This past Saturday at UFC 259, Drew Dober (23-10) had the tough task of taking on Islam Makhachev (19-1). Makhachev is already being called the next Khabib and many are saying he will be a future UFC lightweight champion.

However, Drew Dober is not someone anyone should just look past. Heading into Saturday night, Dober had only lost one time since 2017. That one loss came against top ten lightweight Beneil Dariush.

Dober had won three fights in a row by stoppage. He has very good grappling skills and tremendous power on his hands. On paper, he looked like he was going to be a very tough test for Islam Makhachev at UFC 259.

However, when it came to the actual fight, the odds makers were right. Dober was a massive underdog which made many scratch their heads considering it had been a lengthy layoff for Islam Makhachev.

He didn’t fight in all of 2020 so nobody quite knew what to expect. Well, Makhachev was as advertised. He completely dominated Dober and took him down at will. In the third round, Dober was forced to tap from an arm-triangle choke snapping his UFC winning streak.

What’s next after UFC 259?

After this winning streak, UFC 259 proved to be a humbling moment for Drew Dober. The fight taught him a valuable lesson on the levels to the game of MMA and showed him where he needs to improve if he wants to compete with championship level fighters.

After that kind of a loss, it’s time for a reset for Drew Dober. He will need to take on someone with decent name recognition, but someone outside the UFC rankings. With that, there are a couple of names that come to mind.

One fighter that would make a lot of sense is Bobby Green (27-11-1). Green had a great 2020 where he went 3-1. He had to pull out of his last fight due to some weight issues, but by all accounts, he’s ready to get back into the octagon.

Another fun UFC matchup for Dober could be Clay Guida (36-20). Guida looked very good in his last outing against Michael Johnson. He proved that he’s as tough as ever with a grinding style that just doesn’t stop. Both of these matchups would be good and tough rebound matchups for Dober.

After his win at UFC Vegas 18, what’s next for Clay Guida?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 18, Clay Guida (36-20) took on Michael Johnson (19-17) on the main card. Guida hadn’t won a fight since his victory over BJ Penn that came back at UFC 237 in mid-2019.

He was carried a two-fight losing streak into UFC Vegas 18. Michael Johnson was also on a losing streak so both men desperately needed a victory on Saturday night. Well, on Saturday, Clay Guida did what Clay Guida does.

Michael Johnson found some early success with his speed and distance striking. However, Guida was able to land some big right hands in the first which allowed him to close the distance and start grappling with Johnson.

Guida is known for his pace and his smothering style. Both of those were on display at UFC Vegas 18. Guida imposed his will on Johnson and Johnson had no way to counter Guida’s attacks.

In the end, all three judges gave every round to Clay Guida. A fairly dominant performance when his back was against the wall. Now that he’s snapped his two-fight losing streak, what’s next for the UFC‘s Carpenter?

What’s next after UFC Vegas 18?

Clay Guida just turned 39 years old and he’s been fighting with the UFC since 2006. However, he’s showing no signs of stopping and no signs of slowing down. He made it clear after the fight that he wants another fight soon.

There are a couple of directions the UFC could go with Guida’s next fight. If they want to give him someone who is also coming off of a win, perhaps they could look at a fight between him and Mike Davis (9-2).

Davis just fought top prospect, Mason Jones, last month and got the win. The only two men to have defeated Davis are Gilbert Burns and Sodiq Yusuff. He’s won two in a row, and if the UFC would like to build him up, Guida would be a great test.

Another potential option could be David Teymur (8-2). This is more of a stretch, but Teymur was on his way to being a contender a couple of years ago. However, he’s been held outside of the octagon since February of 2019.

Teymur had an eight-fight win streak snapped by Charles Oliveira in his last fight. Perhaps the UFC reintroduces Teymur with Clay Guida. There are several options, but one thing we know for sure is that Guida will be down to fight anyone.

Will Michael Johnson get cut after UFC Vegas 18 loss?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 18, Michael Johnson (19-17) took on Clay Guida (36-20) on the main card. This matchup was a highly anticipated clash between two veterans with a ton of experience inside the octagon.

For Michael Johnson, he believed his career was on the line at UFC Vegas 18. In pre-fight interviews, Johnson alluded to the fact that he was on a three-fight losing streak heading into Saturday.

With the promotion making recent cuts, Johnson knew he needed a win to keep his spot with the promotion. When the opening round started, Johnson came out strong. His shots had good pop on them and his speed looked better than it had in previous fights.

Simply put, Johnson looked prepared for UFC Vegas 18. However, after controlling the first part of the first round, Johnson was caught with some big right hands from Clay Guida. They seemed to bother his left eye and that was really where the fight turned for Johnson.

After his opening round success, the rest of the fight was controlled by Clay Guida. The Carpenter’s pressure was relentless and Johnson couldn’t get any space to work. In the end, all three judges gave all three rounds to Guida. Michael Johnson suffered his fourth straight loss in the UFC on Saturday.

Will the UFC cut Michael Johnson?

I mentioned this in my preview of UFC Vegas 18, but Michael Johnson has had a career that just makes you shake your head. The high points of his career alone would lead you to believe he’s one of the best lightweights in the world.

Johnson defeated Tony Ferguson and Edson Barboza by decision. He also holds a knockout win over Dustin Poirier who is widely considered to be the best lightweight on the planet not named Khabib Nurmagomedov.

However, outside of those wins, it’s been a lot of disappointment for Michael Johnson in the UFC. A ton of fights were lost in which he should have easily won. With the talent and raw skills Johnson has, he should be much better than 19-17.

The harsh reality is I think this is where Johnson’s UFC run ends. Johnson is getting ready to turn 35 and with four straight losses, I’m expecting the promotion to release him after his loss to Clay Guida.

Now, with Johnson’s history, I would expect another promotion to pick him up rather quickly. However, given the way the UFC is operating as of late, I think Michael Johnson will be getting his walking papers. Time will tell if that comes to fruition.