His nickname is “The Carpenter”, but you could just as easily call Clay Guida “The Dude” or even “The Wildman” for his crazy but effective style in the Octagon.
It paid off once again at UFC 125 as Guida submitted former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi with a suffocating guillotine choke in the 2nd round of their match-up.
The wild nature of Guida’s game came out in the opening moments of the fight with constant head movement, and fast footwork. It appeared Guida’s moves confounded Gomi, who didn’t have any idea what to do to counter his opponent’s actions.
“Non-stop (movement), I don’t like getting hit by him,” Guida said about his strategy.
Gomi did manage a nice knee strike as Guida rushed in for one of his takedowns, but the advantage only lasted for a moment and the relentless Team Jackson fighter kept moving forward, looking to bring the fight back to his favor. It was a scramble that finally brought an end to the fight as Guida saw an opening with Gomi’s head up, and he quickly snatched a guillotine choke.
Guida rolled and locked up the hold like a vice-grip, and Gomi was stuck and had no choice but the tap out. Submitting Gomi with a perfectly executed guillotine choke was something Guida picked up from one of his teammates in New Mexico.
“That’s Joe “Daddy” Stevenson in the house, he taught me that, I’ve been working a lot with Joe,” Guida commented giving credit to his teammate.
Guida summed up his evening with a line from his favorite movie “The Big Lebowski” where he’s also taken his nickname of “The Dude.”
“If you will it dude, it is no dream,” Guida said.
Guida picks up his third win in a row, while Gomi drops to 1-2 in the UFC.