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Report: Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida to headline TUF 9 finale

An intriguing lightweight battle between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida has been signed to headline the live finale for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter on June 20 at the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas.

News of the bout was first reported by Loretta Hunt of

Sanchez improved to 20-2 following last month’s unanimous decision victory over Joe Stevenson at UFC 95 in London, England. The win marked Sanchez’s debut at lightweight after having competed at middleweight and welterweight.

The middleweight winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Sanchez is 9-2 in an 11-bout UFC career that includes notable victories over Joe Riggs, Nick Diaz, and Karo Parisyan.

Guida, 25-9, last competed in January at UFC 94. Facing Nate Diaz, Guida handed the TUF 5 veteran his first-ever loss inside of the Octagon after recording a split decision victory.

A veteran of both Strikeforce and King of the Cage, Guida’s lifetime record in the UFC is 5-3 and includes notable victories over Mac Danzig, Marcus Aurelio, and Samy Schiavo.

In addition to Sanchez vs. Guida, a welterweight matchup between Anthony Johnson and John Howard is also reportedly set for the TUF 9 finale. The Spike TV telecast will also include the finals for the welterweight and lightweight divisions that will be featured on this season’s show, which will premiere on April 1 at 10 p.m. ET.

  • mmaking says:

    I see Diego Sanchez dominating this fight in the stand up. The only area were I see Clay having some what of an advantage is on the ground, but Diego has awesome scrambling and submission defense skills.

    If you remember the Nate Diaz fight, Clay was exposed on hes feet. Nate picked him apart. Clay was relentless in the clinch and always looked to take it to the ground, but Diaz was out classing Clay on hes feet.

    If Diego is smart, he will employ the same game plan he used for the Stevenson fight. Clay has increidible heart, but he is one dimensional if you compare him to fighters like Penn, Florian and Diego.

    Diego is a well rounded MMA fighter, he has great cardio, good stand up skills, good BJJ. I see this fight going the distance, with Diego pulling out a unanimous decision and setting up a rematch with Florian or Sherk.

  • Rich S. says:

    Diego, in my mind, has always been Clay’s equal.. only more dominant, and versed in submissions..

    these guys have the two best cardio’s and paces in the sport today..
    I used to watch Diego and just think it was unfair how he just had is way with this opponent, and was all over them..
    Guida’s sort of the same, only, he doesn’t do the damage that Diego does..

    Diego will win this on the feet,
    and if/when it goes to the ground, Diego has all the tools needed to either stand back up, or submit Guida..

    It’ll be a nice fight none the less

  • GetItOn says:

    Diego via G&P

  • fightingwords101 says:

    never thought i’d say it, but i hope diego beats the Huggy Bear Guida……i think Diego will be elusive enough to prevent the blanket known as Guida from visually winnning a decision by holding on for dear life.


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