The finale for season 9 of “The Ultimate Fighter” is beginning to grow. Earlier this week it was reported that Anthony Johnson would be facing John Howard in a welterweight battle. Today it is being reported by Sherdog that Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida have agreed to face off as the main event of the June 20 card. A win for either man could greatly help their lightweight title aspirations.
Sanchez recently made his successful debut as a Lightweight against Joe Stevenson at UFC 95 in London England on February 21, winning via Unanimous decision. Prior to that he Compiled a 7-2 Record in the UFC Welterweight division, after winning Season one of “The Ultimate Fighter” as a Middleweight. His only two losses came against top Welterweight competitors Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch, both by decision.
Guida has compiled a 5-3 record in the UFC since his 2006 debut, most recently going on a three fight win streak, and entering himself in to title consideration. His last two victories came over “The Ultimate Fighter” season six and season five winners Mac Danzig and Nate Diaz, respectively. Guida will now look to take down his third “The Ultimate Fighter” winning opponent in as many fights.
Both fighters have strong wrestling backgrounds, but Sanchez will have a marked advantage on the feet. One would expect to see Guida try to impose his will and keep this fight on the ground, and Sanchez on the bottom. It will be interesting to see if Sanchez will rely on his wrestling skills solely to keep the fight standing, or if he will try to give Guida some of his own medicine in terms of take-downs and “ground ‘n pound”. Both fighters also have a history of big gas tanks, and constant pressure and action throughout their fights, which should lend to an exciting fight, with potential “Fight of the Night” status.
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