Last year Zuffa LLC made the formal decision to collapse the UFC’s sister organization, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) thus merging both lightweight divisions and adding two weight classes to the UFC.
When the doors were finally closed Anthony Pettis shocked the world capturing the WEC lightweight title and the natural next step for “Showtime” was to unify both 155-lbs titles inside the UFC.
However, when reigning champ Frankie Edgar and top challenger Gray Maynard fought to a draw at UFC 125 it threw all their plans out the window leaving Pettis to either sit on the shelf for the better part of a year or to take another fight in his octagon debut.
The charismatic lightweight opted to take a fight with fan favorite Clay Guida from tonight’s UFC Ultimate Finale 13 card at the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But “The Carpenter” didn’t come to be a stepping stone for Pettis or anybody else – For the following fifteen minutes Guida implemented his game plan to perfection relentlessly searching for takedowns and sticking to Pettis like glue to take a unanimous decision and spoil Joe Silva’s plans.
With a win over the consensus number one contender for the ten pounds of gold currently residing around the waist of Edgar it has to put him firmly into the title picture at 155-lbs.
However, the lightweight title situation is a tangled web at this stage with Edgar and Maynard expected to complete their trilogy later this year and fighters like Jim Miller and Ben Henderson knocking on the door of contendership.
Tonight’s win marked his 29th victory in his mixed martial arts career and is currently riding a four fight win streak with Takanori Gomi, Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis on his career hit list.
Next time we see Guida in the octagon it will have to be against another high level lightweight and with Ben Henderson and Jim Miller already tied up he could be matched up with Melvin Guillard provided that he gets past Shane Roller at UFC 132.
Guillard is currently riding a wave of four consecutive victories with his last victory being over rising star Evan Dunham where he collected a knockout of the night bonus.
Guida just collected the biggest victory of his career and at 29-years of age and nearing the end of his run so his time is now to push to the top of the 155-lbs ladder.