In a Lightweight fight at the UFC on Fox 1 show, Clay Guida (29-11; 9-5 UFC) faces Ben Henderson (14-2; 2-0 UFC). This highly anticipated Lightweight fight is the final fight of the prelim portion of the card. Guida is currently ranked #7 at Lightweight in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, with Henderson in the top 5 at #4. The prelims will be streamed online at FoxSports.com and Facebook starting at 4:45 p.m. ET.
This is a fight that has kind of stumbled into #1 contender status. Both Jim Miller and Anthony Pettis looked on the way to Lightweight title shots, but loses to Henderson and Guida respectively set up this clash. Now, it looks like the winner of this match will challenge Frankie Edgar in Japan in February. The only real shame of this is that fans will have to do a little work to see it. This really deserves to be semi-main event on a PPV where both men will get some more exposure. Let's hope folks tune in for this one.
How do these two stack up?
Guida: 29 years old | 5'7" | 69" reach
Henderson: 27 years old | 5'9" | 70" reach
What have these two done recently?
Guida: W - Anthony Pettis (UD) | W - Takanori Gomi (Sub) | W - Rafael dos Anjos (Sub)
Henderson: W - Jim Miller (UD) | W - Mark Bocek (UD) | L - Anthony Pettis (UD)
How did these two get here?
Clay Guida is a five year veteran of the UFC. For much of that time, he was known as the guy who had great Fight of the Night quality fights, but would often find himself on the losing end. But after changing his training camps and beginning to work with Greg Jackson, Guida has put it all together to become a true contender. He's on a 4 win streak that includes derailing former WEC champion Pettis. Working with Jackson, Guida has begun really emphasizing his wrestling and ground control, shying away from the wild slugfests that characterized his earlier UFC run. Guida is a former Strikeforce champion who is now looking to finally break through in the UFC and move from lower end top 10, to #1 contender.
Ben Henderson has made a (pardon me) smooth transition into the UFC. The former WEC Lightweight champion had a tremendous 10 fight win streak from 2007-2010, but fell to Pettis in the final WEC fight (where he became the highlight reel victim to the now famous Showtime Kick). Analysts were not sure how he would do in the UFC, but he answered those questions with a shockingly dominant win over Jim Miller this summer. How impressive was that win? Only three men have ever defeated Miller - champion Edgar, former #1 contender Gray Maynard, and Henderson. Henderson has a strong all around game, with incredible submission defense, and is the favorite in this fight.
Why should you care?
If the #1 contender status isn't enough, add in the fact that this should be a fantastic strategic fight. It will likely be a bit more nuanced than the main event, so I understand not showing it to casual fans tuning in on Fox, but for a look at the technical side of the sport, this will be well worth your time. Find a computer and check it out.
More UFC on Fox preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
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UFC on Fox Press Conference Video and Coverage - Tim Burke
UFC on Fox Promo Video Takes Bob Arum to Task - Brent Brookhouse
UFC on Fox: Historical Significance of Network TV for Heavyweight Title Fight Being Undersold - Brent Brookhouse
UFC on Fox: With Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson in the Dark, Lightweight Title Picture Gets Murky - Leland Roling
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UFC on Fox: Cain Velasquez Career Retrospective Part 1 - Fraser Coffeen
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UFC on Fox: Dana White Video Blog, Part 1 - Tim Burke
UFC on Fox: John McCarthy Likely to Referee Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos - Tim Burke
UFC on Fox: Clay Guida Wants Title Shot After Ben Henderson Bout - Brent Brookhouse
UFC on Fox 1 Fight Card: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos