13 Mar 2009 10:41:50 AM
Our good friend Ariel Helwani over at Versus.com has the scoop on Ken Shamrock’s replacement against Bobby Lashley for Roy Jones Jr’s “March Badness” event, and it’s Jason Guida, brother of UFC lightweight Clay Guida. If that name sounds familiar for another reason, it’s probably because Guida was scheduled to be a participant for season eight of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but couldn’t make weight and was ruled ineligible after much pain and suffering and exposure of genitals. Now the 17-19 Guida will take on Lashley, who’s appearing in just his second pro fight.
As late replacements go, this isn’t a terrible one. Guida is experienced, though not exactly a stand-out. The guy’s lost his last three fights and has competed in an array of different weight classes with very mixed (read: unremarkable) results. But at least he’s not really old and – judging from his physique – doesn’t seem to be on steroids. He’s also a passionate cornerman, for what that’s worth.
Though Guida lacks the name recognition of Shamrock, he’s the kind of fighter who a hot prospect like Lashley ought to be able to beat if he is indeed a hot prospect. If he can’t, then he isn’t. Simple as that. Now please, don’t anybody go and do something to screw this thing up.