John Heinis: What a main event for a free card! Easily another Fight of the Year candidate for Guida, who already has one of these honors to his name from his 2009 war with Diego Sanchez.
Pettis has been on the shelf since his Fight of the Night performance against Ben Henderson, where he landed the infamous “Showtime kick” off the cage.
Showtime is an interesting match up for Guida; he has ended multiple fights by both knockout and submission, but don’t bank on either of those things happening against “The Caveman.”
Guida’s granite chin has prevented him from being knocked out in a whopping 39 fights. Therefore, it would be very ill advised for Pettis to stand and trade with his opponent.
While Guida has been somewhat susceptible to submissions in his career, particularly the rear naked choke, he has not been submitted by any non submission specialists since very early in his career.
The Carpenter has a good chance of giving Pettis a problem with his wrestling, as Henderson did prior to getting matrix kicked in the face.
Pettis should not underestimate Guida’s ground game either, as over half (15 out of 28) of his wins have come by way of submission.
I say the former Strikeforce lightweight champion beats the last reigning WEC champion in a minor upset, finally taking Guida’s game to the next level.
Clay Guida via unanimous decision
Dana Becker: What a main event we will have here, as Clay "The Carpenter" Guida meets Anthony "Showtime" Pettis in a battle of lightweight superstars.
Guida (28-11) is known for his wild and crazy hair, and his never-day-die approach to the fight game. Since entering the UFC, Guida has earned three Fight of the Night honors, one Fight of the Year and Submission of the Night twice.
After a pair of tough losses to Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian, Guida got back on track by taking out Shannon Gugerty, Rafael dos Anjos and Takanori Gomi, all by submission.
The former Strikeforce lightweight champion is sure to be a tough out for Pettis (13-1), who was the last holder of the World Extreme Cagefighting title at 155 pounds.
Pettis has not been seen inside the UFC cage yet, but has already made a name for himself with his highlight kick of Ben Henderson in their match for the title last December. Also, Pettis has been in a verbal feud with No. 1 contender Gray Maynard over his standing in the pecking order to fight champion Frankie Edgar.
Showtime brings an interesting approach to the fight, as he owns five knockout wins and six submission victories. While Guida has faced the elite, Pettis might be of a different breed with his explosive technique and skill set.
Pettis via second round submission (triangle choke)
Tony Preston: Anthony Pettis has not lost in his last four fights including defeating Ben Henderson for the WEC lightweight title in his last fight. He was the final WEC champion. Pettis is a well-rounded fighter who trains with Duke Roufus.
Clay Guida is riding a three fight win streak and is 3-1 since moving to Greg Jackson’s camp. Guida is also well rounded but his strengths are his wrestling and strong chin. Guida has not been knocked out is 39 professional fights.
Pettis has the advantage on the feet and is comfortable off his back but he has not faced anyone who can push the pace like Guida. It will start quick and Guida will try to take the fight to the mat. Guida will wear down Pettis and take the decision victory.
Guida by decision
Jordy McElroy: This is easily a pay-per-view worthy bout and most likely the main reason fans tune into this card.
I doubt we’ll enter the Matrix this time around, but if Guida overstays his welcome on the feet, he could become victim to a few highlight worthy moments.
While it’s possible that Guida is successful with his takedown attempts and coasts to a workmanlike decision, I believe Pettis’ continued dedication to improve his wrestling and working with two-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion Ben Askren will pay off like it did in his bout with Ben Henderson.
When he can’t get the takedown, Guida has shown his struggles on the feet, and Pettis’ striking is about as predictable as the end of the world.
I’ll take Pettis in a close decision with a lot of back and forth action.
Pettis by decision
Dale De Souza: If this doesn't scream "Fight of The Year" to you, you shouldn't be watching MMA, let alone UFC or The Ultimate Fighter.
"Showtime" hasn't fought since this past December when he landed the ultimate tiebreaker in his five-round bout with Ben "Smooth" Henderson. He saved the bout from an inevitable draw by running off of the cage wall and landing the "Showtime Kick" on Henderson and engraving his moniker in the annuls of WEC history as the final World Extreme Cagefighting Lightweight Champion.
The Carpenter has capitalized on the aftermath of a UFC 107 loss to Kenny Florian to post up a three-fight winning streak, highlighted by his "Submission of The Night" win over Takanori Gomi at UFC 125.
Guida is a great wrestler with some explicitly-improved striking and a sound submission game, as well as some of the best cardio in the sport right now, so this fight will not see an immediate finish; especially considering Pettis' "Showtime" style of striking and his sound Jiu-JItsu arsenal.
The last time Guida was in a bout at an Ultimate Fighter Finale, we learned everything we needed to know about Clay Guida as a fighter and as a man, as he withstood Diego Sanchez's onslaught and only lost a close split decision.
This one will be even closer than Sanchez-Guida, and it will end the way some, including myself, wish Sanchez-Guida ended.
Both men plead their case for victory after giving the fans ten rounds worth of fast-paced MMA action in a three-round UFC lightweight bout.
Pettis vs. Guida ends in a Split Draw (29-28 Pettis, 29-28 Guida, 28-28 even--wouldn't be suprise if the third is a 10-10 round or a 9-9 round)