"The key in this fight and in our training was to not get punched by Gomi too much. Obviously I got a few scuffs and bumps and bruises but I feel good. He's a momentum fighter. Like Chris Leben, he loves when guys stand in his range who want to get in trading wars with him. That's not what I wanted to do. For a second I thought I landed a couple good shots, I kicked him in the face and I saw him take a deep breath in the first round and it kind of brought me back to when he fought Nick Diaz. I could see him getting winded and I just took over. We got that takedown finally, he's got good wrestling, he stuffed a couple of my shots but once I got that single leg and picked him up I think he kind of knew the end was near. Second round he rung my bell real quick and then I got back to my wrestling. Opened up my ground-n-pound for that submission and that kind of told the tale."
Frantic lightweight Clay Guida reflects on his "Submission of the Night" winning performance over Takanori Gomi. "The Carpenter's" erratic movement confused and frustrated "The Fireball Kid" in the early going but once he found his range, he hurt Guida enough to force the caveman to go back to his roots -- his wrestling game. Once he took the fight to the mat, it was only a matter of time before he locked on the fight ending guillotine choke and forced Gomi to tap for the fifth time in his career. The Japanese import is now 1-2 in three trips to the Octagon and faces some uncomfortable questions about his fighting future. Meanwhile, Guida has quietly put together a three fight winning streak. Time to play matchmaker, Maniacs. Who's next for "The Carpenter?"