Dennis Bermudez won his seventh straight UFC appearance with a dominant win over wily veteran Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 12. Bermudez put in a great round one, before finishing where he left off in round two, ultimately getting a takedown, proceeding into back mount, trapping the arm of Guida and sinking in the rear naked choke.
Bermudez’s win streak is the best in the featherweight division, and is tied the third best active win streak in the UFC. With a win over the most high profile opponent of his career, Bermudez is now likely to be placed into the top 10 of the featherweight division, and a whole host of big names lie in his wake.
Guida has now lost four of his last six, and is 2-2 since dropping down to featherweight. A former Strikeforce champion, Guida is one of the most respected names at 145lbs and the win is a huge statement for Bermudez, who not only defeated Guida, but did so in dominant fashion and got the fashion.
The blue corner are now 10-0 in this card. An incredible little fact.
Here is how the fight went down.
Bermudez has won six straight, while Guida has lost three of his last five. However the calibre of opponent that Guida has fought is a little more significant, though Bermudez has the opportunity to make it seven straight with the biggest win of his career.
Round 1 – Bermudez with the body kick landing. Nice combination from Bermudez, who lands the teep also. Jab then a leg kick. Guida with a right hook. Nice jab then leg kick. Guida going for the single, Bermudez lands a couple of short shots and defends. Great job. Jab by Bermudez, but Guida gets the clinch and turns him against the cage. Bermudez threatening with a choke, but lands a knee and instead gets the clinch. Another knee from Bermudez lands. Big overhand right. Guida’s overhand right is very telegraphed, as is his takedown attempt. Bermudez with a nice high kick. Guida misses his combination coming forward, then Bermudez lands a nice double jab then leg kick. Double jab again, then a right hook. Uppercut. He has Guida hurt. But Guida somehow gets the back of Bermudez. Bermudez explodes and drops Guida to the ground, getting on top momentarily. Guida wall walks and is greeted with a knee. Guida is bleeding. Jabs from Guida. Nice leg kick then 1-2 by Bermudez. Guida is hurt. Huge knees from the muay-thai clinch. Guida drops down but Bermudez reverses and gets the back. Bermudez looks simply great. Short shots from the back mount, he has one hook in. He’s looking for the RNC. Both hooks now. Guida trying to turn. Just 20 seconds left in the round. This has been pure dominance by Bermudez. Guida showboating to the crowd. The round ends.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Bermudez.
Round 2 – Guida with a nice right as Bermudez pushes forward. They’re in the clinch and Guida turns it around, dropping for a takedown attempt but it’s stuffed easily. Jabs from Bermudez. Nice exchanges here. Good combination again by Bermudez, mixing it up well. The jab of Bermudez is working well now. Guida with a jab then leg kick. Overhand right by Guida. A couple of jabs by Bermudez. He’s backing Guida up now, a nice combination lands. Knee attempted by Bermudez. 1-2 from Menace. Guida with an overhand right. Bermudez with a set of jabs. Nice combination from Bermudez, his hands look great. Guida with a couple of hooks, but Bermudez gets him to the ground and immediately has the mount! Wow! He has the back, one hook in. Both hooks now. He has it! Guida taps! Holy moly, what a performance.
Result: Bermudez via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:57 in second round.
Check out the results for the fight card as they stand below. The full play-by-play can be seen here.
Main Card (FOX)
Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:57 in second round
Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29).
Preliminary Card (FOX)
Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 29-27).
Patrick Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24).
Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:39 in first round.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).