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Sanchez vs. Guida Slated for ‘TUF 9′ Finale

("I’th my birfday." Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

According to Sherdog, Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida have agreed to face each other in the headlining bout of the Ultimate Fighter: Team U.S. vs. Team U.K. finale (June 20th, Las Vegas). In his lightweight debut at UFC 95 last month, Sanchez used his boxing to dominate Joe Stevenson en route to a unanimous decision victory; the Nightmare had previously compiled an 8-2 record as a welterweight. As for Guida, the Chicago-based fighter has been on a tear lately, with three consecutive victories over Samy Schiavo, Mac Danzig, and Nate Diaz.

While Guida’s wrestling prowess and endless gas tank have been a curse for former Ultimate Fighter winners, Sanchez won’t be vulnerable in the same way that Danzig and Diaz were. Sanchez is just as skilled at takedowns and positional control as the Carpenter, and he has his own reputation for vast cardio. If striking decides this fight, Sanchez will likely have the edge. But a win would mean the same thing for either fighter — a big step towards establishing themselves as the next top lightweight contender after Kenny Florian.

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Jack- March 25, 2009 at 10:31 am
Guida is a master at controlling the octagon which is one of the criteria for judging the fight. If you don't like it, go watch the WWF. Sorry about the big wordz.
Jeffro- March 6, 2009 at 7:58 am
Guida by Sanchez.
UFC fan- March 5, 2009 at 8:17 pm
I like em both, but Diego will prolly knock Guido out.
nippletwist- March 5, 2009 at 7:09 pm
id much rather see nate diaz vs diego sanchez, considering nate diaz kicked guidas ass for 3 rounds.

this fight will probably go in very similiar fashion. diego will outstrike him, guida will go for the hug, diego will throw him down a few times and continue to dominate the striking.

the only thing i see going differently is that sanchez may be able to finish him and get the tko/ko.
MMA Wannabe- March 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm
To be honest, I do miss the over-aggressive (but less successful) Clay Guida.

At least back then, you'd know he'd get into the cage to throw hands, not squeak out conservative victories.
bold- March 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm
picture caption

wtf yous guys lookin at?
armfarmer- March 5, 2009 at 12:49 pm
Walrus, if I'm not mistaken Frankie Edgar is fighting Sherk soon.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- March 5, 2009 at 12:02 pm
Win Sanchez via Stevia.
Bas Rutten- March 5, 2009 at 11:05 am
"Mike` Says:
Thu, 03/05/2009 - 05:43
after clay's performance against diaz, aka "the longest hug," this will be the first time I actually root for diego."

thats exactly what i was going to say.

walrus- March 5, 2009 at 10:35 am
Where the fuck is Frankie Edgar?

They need to start throwin him at some of these fighters? He could be a contender.
Joemalorx- March 5, 2009 at 10:21 am
Foaming mouth positivism is way scarier than caveman humps.

Diego wont't be denied, Guida will get outclassed and most likely will eat a couple of knees when going for takedowns. Diego 3rd tko
Anonymous- March 5, 2009 at 10:21 am
Wow. Not many fights I could care any less about. Absolutely will NOT watch this fight.
portland mma- March 5, 2009 at 9:38 am
Not to mention he lost the Griffin and Huerta fight.
portland mma- March 5, 2009 at 9:34 am
You are an idiot, the Sammy Shiavo fight was a joke, what'd the guy go like 0-3 before the UFC cut his ass.
devilmonkey- March 5, 2009 at 9:22 am
Fuck that puto! Diaz shoulda kept it real and submitted him if he was worried about going to decision.
ruckus- March 5, 2009 at 9:20 am
Sodak- March 5, 2009 at 9:12 am
this could be the shittiest fight in UFC history
Clay- March 5, 2009 at 9:09 am
"Diego...let's hug it out, bitch."
RickyRobbie- March 5, 2009 at 8:56 am
Jeffro stop defending your boyfriend. He can hug you as much as he wants during his sparetime but we donĀ“t care.
Hexed79- March 5, 2009 at 8:50 am
In addition to agreeing with the good reverend Jeffro (preach on!) I'm not sure why all the hate for Diego.

Sure, he's a little bit bat-shit crazy, but he makes his living fighting in a cage.

He's got cardio for eons and a frantic pace. What's not to appreciate?
Jeffro- March 5, 2009 at 8:28 am
Yes, Clay has had a few "Hug and Tugs". But the guy has been in some of the most exciting fights in the UFC. Tyson Griffen? Roger Huerta? Samy Schiavo? If you shit talkers had even seen these fights, I'd bet you would sing a different tune.

Guida by Mongaloid Chop.
Your Fucking Father- March 5, 2009 at 8:16 am
I am glad to see that I am not the only one who thinks the Diaz-Guida descision was absolue fucking robbery. I cant believe for one second Guida thinks he actually won that fight. This is not Ultimate Hug Fest, its a fucking MMA fight so punch someone you asshole. I thought that was the most boring fight and I was telling all my buddies how Diaz was going to finish with a slick submission and the Guida lays and hugs the entire fight, and then to top it off the fight ends and he runs around the ring like a retard on crack with his arms in the air like it was the most exciting fight ever.
portland mma- March 5, 2009 at 7:59 am
Clay showed how horribly one sided he was with his hug to death tactics against Diaz. I hate Diego but not as much as I hate watching Guida.
The can- March 5, 2009 at 7:28 am
Guida has a good chance at winning this one, he wont just stand around and eat shots like Joe-daddy. I expect alot of crazy transitions if it goes to the ground...pretty tough one to call though.
dabix- March 5, 2009 at 7:17 am
This picture is a major argument in the thesis of Guida
being a former caveman, abducted by aliens and taken to our era. Ron Hubbard would have been proud of our carpenter, here pictured with his time traveller's helmet.