The co-main event of UFC on Fox 1: "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos," taking place tonight (Sat., Nov. 12, 2011) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, featured a match-up of two energetic lightweights that seemed too good to be streamed live on Facebook.
Clay Guida, on a four-fight win streak, put it on the line against WEC import Ben Henderson with a lightweight championship fight against Frankie Edgar in Japan on Feb. 26, 2012, likely awaiting the winner.
That winner was Henderson, who turned in yet another brilliant performance that will, at the very least, ensure he's not too much of an underdog early next year.
After three rounds of back and forth action, which featured knockdowns, submissions attempts, takedowns, clinching, wrestling, all that good stuff, "Bendo" earned the unanimous decision win.
The fight quickly turned into the war it was promised to be. In the very first minute, Guida pushed forward with punches but took one on the chin. His response?
Swing for the fences.
When that didn't work and he got rocked again, it was time to abandon the striking game and duck down for a single leg. There wasn't much to be had there, either. Quite frankly, Henderson looked worlds ahead of Guida in the opening round.
That was until "The Carpenter" caught him with a big punch set up by a flying knee. A silly and hopelessly worthless guillotine attempt yielded no results and the first frame ended.
They bounced around, energetic as ever, before the start of the second stanza. Finally, Guida earned a takedown but it lasted about one second. Before you could blink again, "Bendo" was back on his feet, landing a punch against the fence, and earning a takedown of his own.
They traded positioning along the fence. Guida, shot and scored another takedown, Henderson, controlled the pace and stayed even.
Guida tried to work a guillotine again but failed -- again -- and ended up with Henderson on his back looking for a rear-naked choke. Just 30 seconds remained in the round, though, and Guida defended until the horn saved him.
Henderson got comfortable in the final frame, likely ahead on the scorecards, or at least assuming he was. He even busted out an Axe kick.
His measured pace and even attack continued to stymie Guida, who simply had no answer for the offensive capabilities of the "Smooth" one. At one point, Henderson actually had Guida's back WHILE Guida was working a guillotine.
We'll see you in Japan, folks. Henderson vs. Edgar should be awesome.
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