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.

Clay Guida grinds out decision over Michael Johnson at UFC Vegas 18

UFC Vegas 18 featured a lightweight clash between veterans and one of them was perhaps fighting for his job. Clay Guida (35-20) and Michael Johnson (19-16) went head-to-head on the main card tonight.

Michael Johnson has had a UFC career that just doesn’t make much sense. On one hand, just take a look at his overall record. However, on the other hand, he’s defeated the likes of Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, and Edson Barboza.

You truly never know which Michael Johnson is going to show up. Johnson was carrying a three-fight losing streak into the octagon at UFC Vegas 18. If he was to lose to Clay Guida, he might not be making that walk again.

Clay Guida has been with the UFC since 2006. He’s had some extremely memorable moments inside the octagon and his toughness can never be questioned. He usually brings a tornado of activity and he was expected to push Johnson in this one.

UFC Vegas 18 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 18 lightweight contest kicked off and Guida refused to touch gloves. Johnson opened the striking with a nice clean jab. Guida started his striking with a couple of nice calf kicks.

Johnson lands back to back 1-2’s that seemed to stagger Guida momentarily. The striking of Johnson was looking good, but Guida landed a big right hand that hurt Michael Johnson. A couple of additional right hands from Guida landed big on the left eye of Michael Johnson.

Guida worked Johnson against the fence and landed a takedown. Johnson was able to work his way up with two minutes left in the round. During one of the exchanges, Johnson opened up a big cut on the forehead of Guida.

A big knee up the middle lands for Johnson. Guida forces the clinch, but Johnson was able to push him against the fence. A good knee to the body lands for Guida. After a separation, both men traded hooks. Another big overhand for Guida lands, but Johnson countered with a clean 1-2.

Johnson was pressuring Guida late in the round and he was throwing heat. Another looping right lands for Guida as the round comes to a close. Good action from both men, but I believe it’s 1-0 Guida at UFC Vegas 18.

Round 2

Both men went right back to work in the second at UFC Vegas 18. Guida was moving forward with pressure, but Johnson was landing some crisp counters. However, Guida shot in and landed a nice takedown on Johnson.

Johnson was able to work his way up to his feet, but Guida kept him against the fence. Two minutes into the round and Guida pressed for another takedown. However, Johnson was defending well.

Johnson was able to escape and get back to striking. However, it wasn’t there for long as Guida pressed Johnson right back to the fence. After the two separated, Guida immediately shot back in for a takedown. Johnson was able to reverse the position this time and push Guida against the fence.

One minute left in the round and they separated again. Guida moves forward and lands a clean right. After some brief striking exchanges, Guida again pushed Johnson against the fence. I think it’s 2-0 Guida after two at UFC Vegas 18.

Round 3

Johnson appeared to need a finish entering the final round to avoid his fourth straight UFC loss. Guida immediately opened the final frame with pressure. Johnson was throwing serious heat to open the round.

Guida landed a nice knee up the middle that backed Johnson off. Johnson then wobbled Guida with a couple of good shots which forced Guida to shoot for a takedown. Johnson was able to defend, but Guida kept the pressure against the fence.

Halfway through the round and Guida was able to get Johnson down. Michael Johnson was looking incredibly frustrated along the fence. However, he started to get up with two minutes left. Guida was able to transition to the back and he locked in a rear-naked choke.

Johnson was doing a good job of defending the hands and he was able to get out of the choke. However, Guida was still locked on his back. The final bell sounds and it was a dominant third round for Clay Guida. Should be a shutout on the cards at UFC Vegas 18 for The Carpenter.

Clay Guida def. Michael Johnson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

UFC Vegas 18 Preview: Clay Guida – Michael Johnson

Tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 18, we will get to see a fun one in the lightweight division. Veterans, Clay Guida (35-20) and Michael Johnson (19-16) will battle it out on the main card. For Michael Johnson, he’s fighting for his UFC career tomorrow night.

When you look at Michael Johnson’s career in the UFC, it really makes you scratch your head. When you look at the highpoints, he’s defeated guys like Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier, and Edson Barboza.

However, he also has four losing streaks in the UFC that range from two to three fights. Currently, he’s on a three-fight losing streak and he was finished in two of those. Johnson has beaten some of the best guys in the world, but he’s also lost to people he should’ve easily beat.

With losing three in a row, he could be cut from the UFC should he lose tomorrow night. He’s got a tough test in front of him in The Carpenter. Clay Guida has been with the UFC since 2006. He’s always been a very good fighter, but never an elite fighter.

Guida has some great wins in the promotion like defeating Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis, and Rafael Dos Anjos. However, every time he came close to a title shot, he lost. Guida has lost two in a row leading into tomorrow night.

UFC Vegas 18 Prediction

When you look at this matchup at UFC Vegas 18 on paper, Michael Johnson should win this fight. He’s got the better striking, he’s got very good hand speed with pop and he has good grappling skills. Overall, he just is more skilled than Clay Guida.

Those skills are why he has some of the big wins that he has in the UFC. However, with Michael Johnson, you don’t always get the best version of him. Sometimes he sits back a little too much and let’s the action pass him by.

Clay Guida is a tornado who’s going to constantly be moving and throwing. His activity level is always extremely high which could pay off here. For Guida to pickup the win tomorrow, he’s going to have to outwork Johnson. He needs to push Johnson at a high pace and score points while doing so.

If Guida is able to keep the pace high and avoid power shots, he should get the decision. However, if the best version of Michael Johnson shows up, he will win tomorrow. With his career on the line at UFC Vegas 18, I think we get a good version of Michael Johnson and I believe he’ll get the win here.

Prediction: Michael Johnson by Unanimous Decision

UFC booking Clay Guida – Michael Johnson

The UFC is close to finalizing an entertaining lightweight scrap for Super Bowl weekend. Clay Guida (35-20) posted on his official Facebook page today that he will be taking on Michael Johnson (19-16) on February 6th.

This is one of those matchups that doesn’t mean anything when it comes to UFC rankings. However, this fight should be pretty entertaining as both fighters are known for their entertaining fights.

Guida will go into the UFC‘s Fight Night on February 6th on a two fight losing streak. At 38 years old, Guida is probably nearing the end of the line in his UFC career. However, he’s shown recently that there’s still some fight left in the tank.

The Carpenter has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for his fight with Diego Sanchez years ago that people still talk about. Guida has had a very solid and successful run in the UFC that dates back to 2006.

UFC do or die match

Michael Johnson will enter the UFC octagon on February 6th on a three fight losing streak. Johnson is an interesting case because he’s shown such promise at times, and other times he’s been completely outclassed.

During his UFC career, Johnson has had high points like defeating Edson Barboza and knocking out Dustin Poirier. However, he’s also had low points like right now being on a three fight losing streak.

This is the fourth multiple fight losing streak that Johnson has had in the UFC. If he cannot pickup the victory on Super Bowl weekend, I’m not sure if he’ll remain on the roster much longer.

White has talked about recently how much the UFC has grown. We’ve seen a ton of fighters added through the Contender Series and the Ultimate Fighter is returning next year which should bring in more talent.

With that in mind, the promotion is always looking at trimming the fat. Whoever loses on February 6th might be looking at the end. I think Johnson is the most vulnerable, but both can’t feel comfortable. The desperation should lead to a fantastic matchup.

Diego Sanchez ready for the final stretch of UFC career

It’s been quite the ride for UFC veteran Diego Sanchez (30-12). A career that has seen him win the first season of the Ultimate Fighter, and a career that has seen him spend 15 years in the octagon. Sanchez is heading towards the final few fights of his career.

Sanchez started his MMA record at 17-0. Primed for stardom, Sanchez ran into a speed bump back at UFC 69 where he lost to Josh Koscheck. Since then, it’s been a career of highs and lows for the nightmare. The high point came in 2009.

After competing in the UFC at middleweight and welterweight, Sanchez moved down to lightweight. After winning four straight contests, he got his lone UFC title shot against B.J. Penn back at UFC 107. Sanchez was overwhelmed by Penn and lost by a doctor’s stoppage.

Since that defeat, Sanchez has gone 9-9 over the last 11 years inside the UFC. Last year, he signed a four fight deal which would be the final new contract he would ever receive. Sanchez is ready to ride off into the sunset once the contract is up

A UFC Legend

“I’ve let all those dreams of trying to become a UFC champion go. I’m just trying to enjoy the experience and finish out these last four fights on legendary status,” Sanchez told the media today. It’s been quite the career for Sanchez.

Sanchez already has a spot in the UFC‘s Hall of Fame for his legendary fight with Clay Guida. The two men had an absolute war and the fight was inducted into the Fight Wing of the UFC‘s Hall of Fame last year.

Sanchez has always been entertaining and a bit of an odd duck. However, he’s been loved by fans for a very long time, and it will be a sad day to see him go. Earlier this week, I thought of a very good fight for Sanchez regardless of the outcome this weekend.

I think that the promotion should really look to book fun fights as Sanchez finishes out his UFC career. Who wouldn’t want to see a fight with Cowboy Cerrone? Sanchez will compete this weekend against Jake Mathews.