Clay "The Carpenter" Guida is a thief.
With a handful of takedowns and some lackluster top control, Guida convinced two out of three judges sitting cageside at UFC on Fox 6 that he deserved the victory on Saturday night.
Guida's opponent, Hatsu Hioki, got robbed.
Hioki was the superior fighter standing, landing stiff punches and kicks almost at will on the bobbing, bouncing Guida.
"The Carpenter" repeatedly came up short on his punches and kicks, and the only success the Jackson MMA fighter found in the fight was in the takedown department.
Aside from a couple of good slams, Guida quite literally did nothing of significance in this bout.
All this said, you cannot squarely blame Guida for the judges' ineptitude.
Guida maintained top control and escaped a couple of submissions throughout the bout. Unfortunately, the guy on top usually takes the fight regardless of his opponent's offense from the bottom.
What one can blame Guida for is his lack of offensive effort.
Guida embodied the term "lay-and-pray" in this bout, and the MMA gods answered his prayers.
Because of this, I cannot expect Guida to jump forward too much in the featherweight division.
Hioki is, in my eyes, a top-10 145-pounder, and I think Guida needs a similarly ranked opponent in his next bout. Until he proves he can do more than control a fight from full guard and escape some submissions, he does not deserve better.
His striking was worse than his opponent's, and his jiu-jitsu was worse than his opponent's, so one simply cannot expect a leap forward in the division.
To accommodate this criteria, I think Guida needs to take on Nik Lentz in his next outing.
Sadly, this bout would provide the perfect opportunity for a beer run, as neither guy has shown a penchant for finishing fights thus far in his respective featherweight career.
After he demolished Diego Nunes at UFC on FX 7, many complained that Lentz was a lay-and-pray artist, so let's see who can do it better. At least it will let us eliminate one of the two from the division's top 10.
I do not know if this has ever held true, but Hioki emerged as the more impressive fighter in this bout even with the loss. His standup looked solid, and his ground game was threatening.
Guida controlled him better, though, and that is apparently all it takes to eke out a decision victory.
Because of his lack of offense and his nonexistent finishing abilities, Guida deserves a fighter like Nik Lentz next.
Who would you like to see "The Carpenter" take on next? Sound off below, and we'll have ourselves a nice little discussion.
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