Ben “Smooth” Henderson (15-2 in MMA, 3-0 in UFC) moves up top contender status defeating the wild man, Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (29-12 in MMA, 9-6 in UFC) at the UFC on Fox in Anaheim, CA. Benson used his superior grappling and striking to stop the manic style of Clay Guida. Here is the live play-by-play.
Guida comes out bouncing quickly as usual. Guida lands first with a low leg kick. An exchange starts and Henderson catches Guida with a clean hook that drops Guida. Henderson quickly tries to capitalize but Guida bounces right back up but into anaconda position. Clay works his way out but Henderson gets Guida to the cage. Henderson lands two knees from the clinch. Guida scrambles to the center of the Octagon. Guida lands a flying knee, and follows up with his own hook that rocks Henderson. Guida attempts a guillotine. Henderson recovers with great grappling to finish out an exciting round.
The two start exchanging again and Henderson gets the best of it. Henderson takes it to the mat as Guida attempts another guillotine. The two slowly scramble up as Henderson again gets Guida to the cage and works the knees into the stomach of Clay. Guida goes for the guillotine and drops to the mat. Henderson gets out and takes the back of Guida. Henderson is going for the RNC with 20 seconds left. The round ends with Henderson locking the body triangle. Guida runs to his corner clapping to show his stamina.
Guida bounces quickly to start. Henderson just misses an Ax kick. The two come in swinging and Guida lands a knee to the body. Henderson drives it to the cage and Guida responds with a rushing shot that takes it to the other side of the Octagon. Henderson impressively stops the takedown. Henderson reverses again. Henderson ducks a kick and catches it for a takedown. Henderson in side control works for wrist control. Guida scrambles and Henderson takes the back. The two scramble up and Guida wildly rushes and grabs a Guillotine. Henderson scrambles to the top and drops some bombs with one shot to the back of the head as the fight ends.
Official Results: Ben Henderson defeats Clay Guida via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson will now likely be next in line for the UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Henderson has won 13 of his last 14 fights with most by finishes.