TUF 13 Finale: Clay Guida welcomes Anthony Pettis to the UFC with a Unanimous Decision VictoryPosted on June 4, 2011, 10:36 PM by Anton Gurevich
"The Carpenter" Clay Guida fought a perfect fight, and walked away with a clean 30-27 Unanimous Decision victory over the former #1 Contender Anthony "Showtime" Pettis. Guida dominated Pettis during all three rounds, thanks to excellent movement and explosive takedowns. Pettis had no answer to Clay Guida's takedowns, which eventually cost him valuable points on the judges scorecards.
Still, "Showtime" managed to display a bit of his trademark creativity. Pettis unleashed a series of unorthodox kicks, but none of them landed or threatened Guida in any way during the fight. With the majority of fight taking place on the ground, Pettis' gound game was his most important asset during the fight. Pettis had a couple of great moments, such as armbar in Round 2 and the sweep in Round 3, but again "Showtime" struggled to convert these moments into a finish.
Guida is now 29-11 (and not 27-8) in his MMA career with four consecutive victories inside the Octagon. "The Carpenter" now finds himself in the mix for a shot at the UFC Lightweight title, but with fighters like Jim Miller, Gilbert Melendez, and of course Gray Maynard also being on the radar, it looks like Guida will have to prove his worth once again before getting a shot at the belt. As for Pettis, "Showtime" now finds himself once step behind in the UFC Lightweight division, and could face the winner of George Sotiropoulos vs. Rafael Dos Anjos fight (UFC 132).