Clayton Guida

Video: Diaz, Guida Talk Lightweight Showdown

In the above video, Nate Diaz discusses his upcoming bout against fellow lightweight contender Clay Guida at UFC 94, which takes place this Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Diaz-Guida Added to UFC 94 in January

Nate Diaz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The most-anticipated event of 2009 may have acquired a bit more star power as former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Nate Diaz will reportedly take on exciting wrestler Clay Guida in a lightweight showdown at UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn II on January 31 in Las Vegas.

The news comes from a post at, a website owned and operated by Diaz’s manager and trainer, Cesar Gracie. The fight between the two lightweight contenders will likely take place on the event’s televised main card.

Since defeating Manny Gamburyan at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale in June of last year, Diaz has gone on to win four straight fights, including impressive submissions of Alvin Robinson and Kurt Pellegrino. The Stockton, California native most recently earned an unanimous decision over Josh Neer in the main event of UFC Fight Night 15 in September.

Guida, meanwhile, has bounced back from a disappointing submission loss to Roger Huerta last December and scored two straight victories. The longtime veteran disposed of UFC newcomer Samy Schiavo at UFC Fight Night 13 in April and went on to win a surprisingly easy decision over Mac Danzig two months ago.

UFC Fight Night 15 Live Results

We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with live results of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 15 event, which takes place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. The broadcast of the show’s main card starts at 8 PM ET on Spike TV and will be followed by the eighth season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

The event is headlined by Nate Diaz taking on Josh Neer. Mac Danzig will face fan-favorite Clay Guida in the co-main event. Additional featured bouts include Nebraska native Houston Alexander against Eric Schafer and Alan Belcher meeting Ed Herman.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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Video Hype: UFC Fight Night 15

Here’s some preview videos for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 15, courtesy of NBC Sports. Nate Diaz and Josh Neer talk about their main event fight in the above video. Previews of Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida, Houston Alexander vs. Eric Schafer, and Alan Belcher vs. Ed Herman are after the jump.

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UFC Fight Night 15 Weigh-In Results

Nate Diaz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 15, which takes place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event is headlined by Nate Diaz taking on Josh Neer. Mac Danzig will face fan-favorite Clay Guida in the co-main event. Additional featured bouts include Nebraska native Houston Alexander against Eric Schafer and Alan Belcher meeting Ed Herman.

Main Card:

Josh Neer (155 lbs) vs. Nate Diaz (155 lbs)
Mac Danzig (155 lbs) vs. Clay Guida (155 lbs)
Houston Alexander (205 lbs) vs. Eric Schafer (205 lbs)
Alan Belcher (185 lbs) vs. Ed Herman (185 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Joe Lauzon (155 lbs) vs. Kyle Bradley (155 lbs)
Ryan Jensen (185 lbs) vs. Wilson Gouveia (185 lbs)
Drew McFedries (185 lbs) vs. Mike Massenzio (185 lbs)
Alessio Sakara (185 lbs) vs. Joe Vedepo (185 lbs)
Rob Kimmons (185 lbs) vs. Dan Miller (185 lbs)
Brad Morris (205 lbs) vs. Jason Brilz (205 lbs)

Florian Stops Lauzon in Denver

Kenny Florian throws a knee at Joe Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The ‘Battle of Boston’ went in Kenny Florian’s favor last night as he relentlessly pressured fellow Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon before ultimately stopping his foe with an onslaught of unanswered strikes during the latest edition of UFC Fight Night at the at the Broomfield Events Center in Denver, Colorado.

What originally was booked as a friendly matchup between two lightweight contenders slowly evolved into a heated exchange of pre-fight trash talking. The tension between the two was evident from the start of the fight as an intense staredown changed into a quick exchange of punches.

Lauzon quickly down Florian down in the first minute. An unorthodox attempt by Florian to use elbows from the bottom was foiled by referee Herb Dean after one of the blows cut the back of Lauzon’s head open. Florian then used solid submission defense to escape knee bar and heel hook attempts before eventually closing out the round delivering strikes from the top position.

Florian turned up the heat at the start of the second round. A swift body kick led to Florian scoring a takedown and transitioning to half-guard. The veteran of the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” then rained down unanswered punches and elbows on Lauzon for nearly two full minutes. Despite a good job of covering up and limiting damage, Dean decided that Lauzon had enough, moving Florian even closer to another shot at the lightweight title that was once in his reach.

“Joe’s a great competitor and I knew it was gonna be a tough fight,” Florian said after the bout. “That’s what I wanted.”

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Guida-Schiavo Likely at UFC Fight Night 13

Clay Guida weighs-in for UFC 74: Respect. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Clay Guida will look to get back on track against likely opponent Samy Schiavo when the UFC returns to Denver, Colorado for the first time since the first Ultimate Ultimate tournament in 1995.

The news comes from a report by MMA Weekly who have learned that although bout agreements have not yet been signed, the fight is expected to take place.

The event is expected to serve as a lead-in for the debut of the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter where current UFC light heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and the number one contender for his title, Forrest Griffin will serve as coaches.

Guida is coming off of a tough loss against fellow lightweight contender Roger Huerta in a 2007 fight of the year candidate at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. Even though Guida sports a losing record inside the UFC, he remains one of the promotion’s most popular and exciting fighters.

Schiavo’s trainer and manager announced that his client had signed a four-fight deal with the UFC earlier this month. After dropping three fights in a row earlier in his carrer, Schiavo is currently riding a six-fight winning streak. His last fight was a submission win over Paul Jenkins at a Cage Rage Contenders show in September.

Report: Stevenson Expects to Fight Penn

Joe Stevenson may very well be taking on B.J. Penn for the UFC Lightweight Title if current champion Sean Sherk’s October 31st appeal isn’t heard in a positive way according to The Fight Network:

The one-year suspension of champion Sean Sherk for alleged steroid use following his July 7 title defense to Hermes Franca at UFC 73 in Sacramento, Calif., has stalled plans to have the Minnesotan wrestler face number-one contender B.J. Penn at Nov. 17’s UFC 78 in Newark, N.J.

And while it appeared that Penn has been patiently awaiting a new opponent for Nov. in the interim, the popular Hawaiian’s camp has confirmed their leader is now preparing for a Dec. 29 match-up at UFC 79 in Las Vegas, Nev. Sherk faces the California State Athletic Commission on Oct. 31 to appeal his case, but if he cannot shake the suspension and is stripped of his title by Zuffa LLC, Penn (11-4-1) could face UFC 74 standout Joe Stevenson (28-7).

“I was told I was definitely fighting in December or January,” said Stevenson Thursday. “I think there’s a strong possibility I’ll face B.J. Penn.”

So it seems that the UFC has a backup plan already set just in case Sherk’s positive test isn’t overturned. However, what happens if Sherk is permitted to remain champion? It’s obvious that Penn is the number one contender and would take on Sherk. So what about Stevenson? With Guida-Huerta and Fisher-Edgar already unofficially locked up, Kenny Florian may be the only other option for a Stevenson opponent.

Report: Guida vs Huerta at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale

MMA on Tap has learned that the UFC is currently in negotiations with Clay Guida and Roger Huerta for a possible showdown in December at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale.

Clay Guida is a versatile veteran who sports a mixed martial arts record of 22-8-0 and a UFC record of 2-2. Guida is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over PRIDE veteran Marcus Aurelio.

Roger “El Matador” Huerta sports a MMA record of 19-1-1 and a UFC record of 5-0. Huerta holds victories over the likes of Leonard Garcia, Alberto Crane, Doug Evans, John Halverson, and Jason Dent. Huerta’s sole professional loss came to the hands of IFL veteran Ryan Schultz at SuperBrawl 36 in 2004.

UFC 74 Fighter Salaries

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced the official fighter salaries from UFC 74.

Half of Renato Sobral’s total purse has withheld by the NSAC pending an investigation and review of his extended submission held on opponent David Heath after Heath had already tapped out and referee Steve Mazzagatti ended the fight.

Randy Couture: $250,000
Georges St. Pierre: $140,000
Frank Mir: $66,000
Renato Sobral: $50,000
Gabriel Gonzaga: $45,000
Roger Huerta: $34,000
Joe Stevenson: $32,000
Marcus Aurelio: $30,000
Patrick Cote: $24,000
Thales Leites: $18,000
Clay Guida: $14,000
Kendall Grove: $12,000
Josh Koscheck: $10,000
Antoni Hardonk: $8,000
Kurt Pellegrino: $8,000
David Heath: $6,000
Ryan Jensen: $4,000
Alberto Crane: $4,000

Total Payroll: $755,000

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