Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Round 1: Guida presses forward. He lands a right hand. Kawajiri misses with a spinning back fist. Guida bounces on the outside. He lands a right hand right on the button and Kawajiri goes down. He gets to his feet and Guida works to get the fight to the ground. Kawajiri looks for a kimura. Kawajiri uses the kimura to take Guida down. Guida rolls. Kawajiri transitions to an armbar. Guida tries to slam his way out of it. He gets free from the submission attempt. Kawajiri stands. Guida keeps the pressure on. He delivers knees to the legs of Kawajiri. Kawajiri isolates an arm. He works for a kimura. He lets it go. Guida lands a right and. Kawajiri changes levels and slams Guida to the canvas. Guida works for a kimura. Kawajir is in the mount position but Guida has the kimura. Guida uses the kimura to reverse as the bell sounds ending the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Guida.
Round 2: Kawajiri lands a left hand to start the second frame. Guida has a low stance. Kawajiri looks for a takedown, but Guida stuffs it. Guida works to get Kawajiri down. He secures a single leg takedown. Kawajiri bounces back to his feet. He lands short elbows as Guida works for a takedown. Kawajiri applies a kimura. Guida rolls out and they’re back to standing. Kawajiri inches forward. Guida changes levels and scores a big takedown. Kawajiri quickly stands but Guida keeps the pressure on. Kawajira works for another kimura. Guida rolls free again. Guida presses Kawajiri against the cage. Kawajiri lands short elbows as Guida works for the takedown. Kawajiri takes Guida down, but Guida lands in top position. Kawajiri works his way to the cage and uses it to stand. Guida works to get the fight back to the canvas, but can’t before the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Guida.
Round 3: The fighters meet in the middle of the cage. Guida fires off a high kick. He lands a left hook. Kawajiri moves in and misses with a spinning back fist. He changes levels and tries to take Guida down. Guida sprawls and lands short left hands and elbows. Kawajiri continues to work for the takedown. Guida pushes down on Kawajiri’s head. Guida gets his leg free and circles away. Kawajiri’s hands are low. He misses with a winging right hand, and Guida ties him up. Kawajiri works for a kimura. He gives up on it. Guuida elevates Kawajiri. Kawajiri looks for a guillotine choke. Guida slams him to the canvas and pops his head free. He delivers knees to the body in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Guida.
The judges scored the fight for Guida by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.