UFC 125: What Takanori Gomi Must Do To Defeat Clay Guida

Andrew GladstoneCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2010

Courtesy of Zuffa
Courtesy of Zuffa

This Saturday night at UFC 125, former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi will meet Clay "The Carpenter" Guida on the main card.

Many fans and pundits alike are expecting fireworks in this fight and it's hard not to see why, due to Gomi's and Guida's exciting style.

For Gomi to pick up his second win in the UFC, he will need to be vintage Gomi and utilize a sprawl 'n' brawl strategy against Guida.

Guida has shown big holes in his striking against the likes of Diego Sanchez, Roger Huerta, Mac Danzig, and even moments in the fight against Rafael Dos Anjos.  As exciting as Guida can be, Guida leaves his chin wide open for big shots as he's going for the takedown, and has made the mistake of brawling with fighters he shouldn't.

Gomi is a very underrated wrestler, and while the casual fans have yet to see it, it cannot be overlooked.  In the past, Gomi has exhibited tremendous takedown defense against the likes of Japanese wrestling studs such as Mitsuhiro Ishida, Tatsuya Kawajiri and has even taken down BJ Penn.

Guida's best chance is to take advantage of Gomi if he gasses early and bring him to the mat. However, Gomi is focused now that he's in the UFC now and his conditioning will be up to par for this fight.

If Guida exchanges with Gomi, he has to cover up a lot better than he has in the past, otherwise Gomi will eventually knock him out.  

The benefit of having this fight, is that it will be exciting no matter who wins.  However, I just don't see Guida getting it done and I see Gomi picking up another spectacular knockout in the UFC in the first or second round.