ISLAND LAKE, Ill — Clay Guida used his wrestling to get position and finished challenger John Strawn with a side choke to successfully defend his XFO lightweight championship Saturday (Aug. 27) at XFO 7 outdoors at Sideouts.
Guida (16-2) won for the 14th straight time, while Strawn fell to 28-6.
Meanwhile, former champion Bart Palaszewski scored a quick 48-second knockout victory over Josh Koon, who filled in when scheduled opponent Brandon Bledsoe failed to show up at the event. Palaszewski is a win away from another shot at the title, which he lost by decision to Guida at XFO 6.
Clay French, an assistant wrestling coach at Eastern Illinois University, improved his record to 4-0 with a first-round rear choke win over previously unbeaten Josh Aroacho. French, also a lightweight, is also becoming a top contender for the XFO title.
Five-time UFC veteran LaVerne Clark won for the fourth straight time, finishing Jake Jetter with an arm-lock at 1:53 of the opening round.
In other pro bouts, Ron Fields bested Terry Davinney by arm-bar; Matt Hamill stopped Robert Hitte with strikes; and Aaron Tregear choked out Vito Woods in the second round of an action-packed bout.
XFO 7: Aug. 27, Island Lake, Ill., Sideouts Bar.
Jon Friedland def. Jacob MacDonald, armbar, 2:56 Rd. 1.
Matt Fiordirosa def. Nick Wright, Ref stoppage, 2:59 Rd. 2 (5:59).
Omar Choudhury def. PJ Jordan, triangle, :47 Rd. 1.
Jeremy Linville and Justin Hutter, draw, (9:00), 29-28, 28-29, 29-29.
Russ Janca def. Nathan Haller, KO, :12 Rd. 1.
Reese Shaner def. Nick Brown, Ref stoppage due to strikes, 1:44 Rd. 1.
Aaron Tregear def. Vito Woods, rear choke, 2:11 Rd. 2 (7:11).
Matt Hamill def. Robert Hitte, Ref stoppage due to strikes, 1:52 Rd. 1.
Ron Fields def. Terry Davinney, armbar, :58 Rd. 1
Clay French def. Josh Aroacho, rear choke, 3:28 Rd. 1.
LaVerne Clark def. Jake Jetter, arm lock, 1:53 Rd. 1.
Bart Palaszewski def. Josh Koon, KO, :48 Rd. 1.
Clay Guida def. John Strawn, side choke, 3:12 Rd. 2 (8:12).
Guida retains XFO lightweight title