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Guida bounced all the way to the bank.
Guida pocketed a $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus after he
dispatched former Pride Fighting Championships lightweight
Gomi with a second-round guillotine choke at UFC
125 “Resolution” on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in
Las Vegas. Gomi tapped out to the choke 4:27 into round two.
Perhaps inching his way into title contention at 155 pounds, Guida
has rattled off three consecutive victories, all of them by
submission. He kept Gomi spellbound with odd movements and timely
strikes, scored with a takedown after absorbing a knee strike and
maneuvered into position for the choke.
Meanwhile, UFC lightweight champion Frankie
Edgar and top contender Gray
Maynard earned matching $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses
after their main event ended in a draw after five rounds. Edgar
absorbed an inhuman amount of punishment in the first round,
survived and gathered himself as the fight moved forward. Two of
the three judges scored it 48-46, splitting their decision between
champion and challenger. A third ruled it 47-47.
Stephens took home a $60,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus in
wake of his stirring third-round stoppage of Marcus
Davis. Stephens appeared to be trailing on the scorecards at
the start of round three but leveled Davis with a short right hand.
He polished off “The Irish Hand Grenade” with a thudding
standing-to-ground punch 2:33 into the third.