Guida (top) won his 145-pound debut against Hatsu Hioki. | Photo:
Phase one in the Clay Guida
rebranding process is complete.
Takedowns, a suffocating top game and airtight submission defense
carried Guida (30-13, 10-7 UFC) to a split decision over former
Sengoku champion Hatsu Hioki
UFC on Fox 6 “Johnson vs. Dodson” on Saturday at the United
Center in Chicago.
Two of the three cageside judges scored it for Guida by 30-27 and
29-28 counts; a third cast a dissenting 29-28 vote in favor of
Hioki (26-6-2, 2-2 UFC), who had won six of his previous seven
In his first appearance at 145 pounds, Guida delivered takedowns in
all three rounds, thwarted Hioki with topside pressure and
effectively neutralized the Japanese star’s dangerous guard. Hioki
was clearly the superior fighter on the feet, as he tagged Guida
with exquisite left hooks to the body, stiff jabs and a
second-round head kick. However, he failed to stay upright long
enough for the judges’ liking, and his active bottom game, which
featured numerous submission attempts, was not enough to sway the
verdict in his favor.
Surging Grant Wipes Out Wiman
Grant mauled Wiman with elbows.
away “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 alum Matt Wiman
with a series of savage standing elbows and follow-up ground
strikes in the first round of their lightweight duel. Battered and
bloodied, Wiman (15-7, 9-5 UFC) met his end 4:51 into round
Grant (20-5, 7-3 UFC) was flawless, as he stayed unbeaten at 155
pounds. He cracked the durable Wiman with clean punches on the feet
and delivered a number of punishing knees to the ribcage from the
Thai plum. However, his standing elbows were the story.
Grant leveled the American with a pair of them late in the round,
trailed him to the canvas and finished it with punches and
“It turned out perfectly,” Grant said. “My plan was to keep Matt on
his feet and try to expose some holes. I know how tough and durable
he’s been, and I was just really glad to really hurt him and put
him away. My hat goes off to him. It was a great fight. I’m just
really happy right now.
“He’s a really good fighter at coming forward, as am I,” he added,
“but I felt like I had more crisp striking and I could definitely
take advantage of some areas.”
Roufusport’s Krauss Outpoints Stumpf
Krauss cruised to a unanimous decision.
A multi-pronged standup attack paired with a strong clinch game
to a unanimous decision over Mike Stumpf
in an undercard match at 170 pounds. All three cageside judges
scored it the same: 30-27 for Krauss (11-1, 2-1 UFC).
The onetime Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder
battered Stumpf (11-4, 0-2 UFC) with crisp, clean punches
throughout the 15-minute affair, knocking the Jeff Curran
protégé off his feet with a right uppercut in the first round.
Jabs, crosses, kicks, standing elbows and even a handful of
Superman uppercuts flowed from Krauss, a promising German
welterweight who trains under former world kickboxing champion Duke
Roufus in Milwaukee.
Stumpf tried to alter the complexion of the fight, but those
efforts went for naught. Five of his seven takedown attempts were
denied, leaving him to absorb punishment on the feet.
Bader Guillotine Taps Matyushenko
Bader forced Matyushenko to tap quickly.
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Ryan Bader
coaxed a tapout from former
International Fight League
with a modified guillotine choke 50 seconds into
the first round of their light heavyweight encounter. Matyushenko
(26-7, 7-5 UFC), who made his professional debut in September 1997,
had never before been submitted.
The heavy-handed Bader clipped the 42-year-old Belarusian with a
searing left hook inside the first 30 seconds, sending Matyushenko
to the canvas. He pounced immediately, trapped Matyushenko in the
and elicited the tapout.
“I’ve been working on that my whole camp, trapping an arm and
getting an angle on it, and I ended up hitting it,” Bader said. “I
brought my arm all the way over to his shoulder, and it’s super
tight. I didn’t get my legs over, but I didn’t have to. When I
locked that leg down, there was a little more pressure on his neck.
I felt him going, but then he got out. Then I tightened it back up,
and I’m glad I got it.”
Jordan Springs Upset, Stops Russow
Mixed Martial Arts
Jordan's finish of Russow was brutal.
upset the world-ranked Mike Russow
stopping the Chicago police officer with second-round punches in a
preliminary heavyweight clash. Jordan (14-4, 2-1 UFC) brought it to
a close 3:48 into round two.
Russow (15-3, 4-2 UFC) let his hands do the work in a one-sided
first frame, rattling the former Louisiana State University
fullback with a series of thudding rights and leaving him with cuts
on the right cheek and above the left eye. However, Jordan survived
the attack, and Russow began a slow fade.
In the second round, Jordan scored with beautiful combinations and
a pair of takedowns, twice moving to full mount on the respected
grappler. Ultimately, his ground-and-pound became too much for
Russow to withstand. The blows grew in intensity with the
Pride Fighting Championships veteran flattened out and trapped
belly-down on the canvas, resulting in the technical knockout.
Natal Choke Submits Spencer
Natal (top) tapped out Spencer.
submitted promotional newcomer Sean
with an arm-triangle choke in an undercard bout at 185
pounds. Spencer (9-2, 0-1 UFC), a late replacement for the injured
, conceded defeat 2:13 into round three.
Natal (15-4-1, 3-2-1 UFC) secured takedowns in all three rounds and
twice mounted the Dallas-based boxer. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black
belt slowly wore down the game Spencer with accurate strikes on the
feet and a heavy, punishing top game on the ground.
In the third round, Natal advanced to the mounted crucifix and
fired away with a series of unabated elbows to the head.
Eventually, he moved to full mount, locked up the arm-triangle
choke and finished it.
Mitchell Notches First UFC Victory
Mitchell busted up Thoresen's left eye.
Clean power punches, effective counterstriking and quality
grappling carried David
to a unanimous verdict over Simeon
in a preliminary welterweight tilt. All three cageside
judges arrived at the same ruling: a 30-27 decision for Mitchell
(12-2, 1-2 UFC).
Thoresen (17-4-1, 1-2 UFC) never found his rhythm. Mitchell leaned
on his jab, pairing it with left hooks, right uppercuts and right
crosses. He wobbled Thoresen with one of those hooks in the second
period and swarmed for the finish.
The Norwegian weathered the onslaught, but the punishment left his
foe with a nasty cut to his left eyelid, nearly forcing a doctor’s
stoppage in between rounds one and two.
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