Clay Guida wins decision over Tatsuya Kawajiri

Elias Cepeda
Clay Guida wins decision over Tatsuya Kawajiri
Clay Guida wins decision over Tatsuya Kawajiri

Clay Guida got back on the winning track with a unanimous decision win over Tatsuya Kawajiri in the co-main of UFC Fight Night: Abu Dhabi Friday. Guida won the bout with scores of 30-27 on all three judges' scorecards.

Of the two scrappy featherweights, Guida struck first, landing a big right hand that floored Kawajiri. The Japanese legend hung tough as Guida then took his back, and avoided giving up a submission. Kawajiri fought back with shoulder lock and arm bar attempts but Guida fended those submissions off before taking the back again.

Kawajiri managed to score a take down before getting caught in a Kimura shoulder lock hold of his own to close the first round. The two engaged in a close grappling war in the second round, which Guida edged out with takedowns and effective scrambling.

In the third, Guida landed more strikes on the feet and scored a big slam. Kawajiri refused to give in and threatened with a guillotine choke and heel hook attempt.

Guida escaped both and walked away with the win.

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