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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

CLAY GUIDA HAS A SUBMISSION GAME IN CASE YOU WEREN'T AWARE.

Despite his record, I never viewed Clay Guida as a submission grappler.  I guess I couldn't see past his David Lee Roth hairstyle and excessive double-leg takedowns.  I liked the guy, but I didn't see him as a grappler.  Now I do. 

Hands down, Guida's grappling skills are visibly improved since he joined Greg Jackson's camp toward the end of 2009 (and since his loss to Kenny Florian).  You can see it in his most recent fights:
  • UFC 125 (January 1, 2011):  Def.  Takanomi Gomi (guillotine from mounted position).
  • UFC 117 (August 7, 2010):  Def. Rafael Dos Anjos (submission due to injured jaw).
  • UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones (March 21, 2010):  Def. Shannon Gugerty (triangle).
Guida won Submission of the Night at both UFC 125 UFC Live: Vera Versus Jones.  And, although the Dos Anjos tap was not the result of a submission attempt on Guida's part, it's noteworthy here given Dos Anjos' BJJ pedigree and submisison record in MMA.  He's quoted as saying (in preparation for Dos Anjos), "I feel like I’ve overcome the just getting tossed around and it’s a testament to training with guys like that [in reference to Cowboy Cerrone and Cub Swanson]. Now I’m asking questions and being assertive and not afraid to try different things in practice.” – [MMA Weekly, Aug 3, 2010]  It shows.

With his newer submission game, Guida's now a bigger threat and even more entertaining for us.  All he needs now is a mullet or some outrageous mutton chops.

4 comments:

  1. I love Clay Guida man. He is a class act and just looks like a guy that would be a blast to train with and learn from.

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  2. Having someone submit to due and injury (UFC 117) you would count as improved submissions??

    okay.

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  3. Well, he was trying to choke Dos Anjos when he tapped so...

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  4. no on the chops and a nuclear-sized negatory on the mullet.

    Are you f@#%ing kidding me?!?

    You can't touch the man's 'do. His high-hair flying ways is his trademark. He's the perfect cross between the Tasmanian Devil and Captain Caveman!!

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