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Clay Guida and Ben Henderson agree to battle at UFC on FOX 1

As if UFC on FOX wasn’t important enough, November 12 has added another big time fight to the card as lightweights Ben Henderson and Clay Guida have verbally agreed to meet on the inaugural FOX event. The lightweight showdown will likely determine the next contender for the UFC 155 lb pound strap currently held by Frankie Edgar. Even though the fight is scheduled to be the co-main event of the evening, only the main event of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos is guaranteed to be televised on FOX. However, considering the importance of the fight, one would believe that UFC will do their best to get the fight on air.

News of the bout was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

A former WEC lightweight champion, Henderson lost the WEC 155 lb title at last WEC event ever in a back and forth fight against Anthony Pettis. Henderson shook off the loss in his UFC debut though, defeating grappler Mark Bocek at UFC 129. “Smooth” followed that up with the best performance of his career at UFC on Versus 5, putting a beat down on top contender Jim Miller, snapping Miller’s seven fight win streak and dominating the New Jersey native like no one before. With the victory, Henderson immediately put himself into UFC title contention.

Guida is no stranger to ruining the title hopes of former WEC champions. In his last bout, Guida pressured and constantly took down the previously mentioned Pettis, picking a unanimous decision victory. Pettis was originally scheduled to get an immediate UFC lightweight title shot when the UFC and WEC merged, but took a fight with Guida instead so Edgar and Gray Maynard could square off again following their draw at UFC 125. With the victory over “Showtime” Guida upped his winning streak to four fights, adding to victories over Takanori Gomi, Rafael dos Anjos, and Shannon Gugerty.

UFC on FOX 1 is scheduled for November 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

  • Niv says:

    Another great fight! I think Guida would’ve been wise to sidestep Smooth as he set himself up nicely for a title shot after beating Pettis.

    However I see this as a stylistic nightmare for Guida and I expect Henderson to beat Guida at his own game earning a title shot in the process.

    This has fight of the year written all over it.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Awesome match up between two guys who are highly motivated for a title shot. FOTN or FOTY potential.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Guida is a serious gate keeper.

  • Creature says:

    I like Guida, but ill honestly be rooting for Bendo here, Ben in my opinion has more tools to win and has the better chance at beating edgar/maynard winner, and just puts on better fights.

    As to who i think will win, i give it a 60/40 for Henderson.

  • MCM says:

    Damn! Now I gotta go to this live….cause Fox is dropping the ball by not showing this fight on TV.

  • Frankmur says:

    I must see the battle of the dudes with crazy hair and crazy cardio! Hope it gets televised.

  • sides666 says:

    I am gonna be very disappointed if this fight does not get shown on TV.

  • locoRover says:

    ah crap! i love this fight. however, it is gonna be VERY unlikely that they get this one on the air. And if they do, its gonna be shown as a replay in the event that the main event goes short. i, for one, want to see this live, and i really hope that the UFC comes through and gives us the most stacked facebook fights yet (as in all the prelims). i think the ufc takes up most of the hour with main event prefight, entrances, etc to hype up the main event. and i think this main event is gonna be a long one. PUT-THAT-ON-FACEBOOK-UFC!!!!

  • locoRover says:

    …by live i meant in real time, cant make that trip to anaheim…. :(

  • Rece Rock says:

    great match up these guys need 5 rounds to do it justice… these two guys are going 90 mph bell to bell i think 5 rounds would have made it even more competitive.

  • Rich S. says:

    Awesome matchup here.

    Each fighter has a pace that could only be matched by the other.

    And each has neverending stamina.

    The guys are damn near equals, but I’d have to give the win to Henderson. He just has an x-factor that Guida doesn’t. I’m not sure what it is. He seems to catch his opponents off guard and I can see him doing the same with Guida. Plus, Henderson has the edge in striking and probably in power and athleticism.

    Should be good, though.

  • HevyHitters says:

    looking forward to this fight, im glad i live 10 minutes from the honda center in anaheim..i will be attending this event no matter what! so stoked…wow tough fights to call for jds/cain and ben/guida..all i know is both fights will deliver!

  • Batman says:

    This should be a nice number one contender match. This makes perfect sense so congrats to joe silva and dana white.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    awesome fight for sure, but even the remote possibility of this NOT being shown on tv is fucking ridiculous.
    to be honest i’m getting fucked off having to watch MMA over the internet, i really thought those days were almost gone. I spent the 90’s watching on over dubbed vhs, then dodgy japanese dvd’s, then shitty dial up streams and downloads, theh finally it started getting put all over the tv.
    nowadays it just seems like the ufc has more fights shown over the internet than on tv. look at fight night cards, 4 fights on the main card and 8 on the net? thats just fucking daft. I WANNA WATCH MY MMA ON A BIG ARSE TV NOT ON THE FUCKING INTERNET
    get that shit on my screen goddammit

  • locoRover says:

    The ufc is staying ahead of the times by showing all these fights on the Internet. Like it or not, that’s the way the entertainment world is going. You can watch anything online, and there is more incentive for companies to show their product over the Internet cuz u can automatically be accessed by a much larger worldwide audience without all the loopholes.

    As for the quality of watching it online….. I just hook my laptop right up to my 52 in tv and it has roughly the same quality as spike (that is if ur willing to shell out for a fast stream)

  • Damn it…Guess Im gonna go to this now, San Jose just got alot less exciting. I think i’ll just have to make my 2 hour drive into a 4 hour drive.

  • oh and Ben by submission in round 2….for those of you who thought Kenflo tore up Clay…just wait.

  • climbarock says:

    Big fan of Bendo, and I like this matchup for him. I see Ben being able to punish Clay in the clinch, hurt him and eventually pound him out on the ground. Clay does have a sneaky good guillotine choke that Ben will have to watch out for in the scrambles.

  • Good Point Climbarock…but who has the sneakier guillotine?


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