The UFC veteran Clay Guide surprised a lot of MMA fans when he fought Leonardo Santos and finished the BJJ specialist – via submission. The 39-year-old fighter got the Performance of The Night bonus alongside Rafael Fiziev, Jamahal Hill, Clay Guida, and Chris Curtis.
Only 46-0 so far. pic.twitter.com/qKNvVniMlj
— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) December 5, 2021
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A lot of MMA fans and fighters took to their Twitter account to appreciate the Italian-born fighter.
The former UFC bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt praised Guida and said he is the man.
Midwest Blue Collar Heart !! @clayguida you are the man!!
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) December 5, 2021
MMA journalist Aaron Bronsteter expressed his admiration to Guide for submitting Santos, a fourth-degree black belt.
Guida by submission was +1600 as he submits the 4th degree black belt.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 5, 2021
The famous MMA manager of Kamaru Usman and the UFC veteran Khabib Nurmagomedov, Ali Abdelaziz, simply wrote: “Guide is a savage”.
Guida is a savage
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) December 5, 2021
UFC featherweight fighter, Josh Emmett, praised Guida for his American-style wrestling.
That good ol American wrestling! Congrats Clay!!!
— JOSH EMMETT (@JoshEmmettUFC) December 5, 2021
Famous MMA journalist, Ariel Helwani, called Guida’s performance ‘insane’ for being able to beat a wrestling practitioner on his own game.
Woooow Clay Guida just sub’d BJJ wiz Leonardo Santos. That’s insanity.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 5, 2021
UFC welterweight fighter Belal Muhammad also expressed his hype for Guida’s victory.
Let’s goooooooo Midwest strong
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) December 5, 2021
The praise for Clay Guida doesn’t stop there. Check out other tweets below.
Keith Peterson deserves at least 15 percent of that win for letting that fight go on…
— Chuck Mindenhall (@ChuckMindenhall) December 5, 2021
Are you kidding me!! Guida is a Legend!! #UFCVegas44
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) December 5, 2021
Omg yes Clay Guida gets the sub. Amazing comeback! He’s in the Hall of Fame for a reason! #UFCVegas44
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) December 5, 2021
It’s this simple…Clay Guida is an animal. What a win!
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) December 5, 2021
CLAY MFKIN GUIDA!!!
He just choked out Leonard Santos in the second round. That was an unbelievable performance #UFCVegas44
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) December 5, 2021
Congrats Clay Guida!!!! #UFCVegas44
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) December 5, 2021
That’s my dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #UFCVegas44
— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) December 5, 2021
Before fighting Leonardo Santos, Guida lost 4 out of his 6 matches, making people did not expect his performance would be this great. Compared to him, Santos had 6 win streaks before Grant Dawson put an end to that streak.
Clay Guida started his professional career in 2003 and joined the UFC in 2006. He has fought numerous times with 58 total fights. In all of his professional MMA career, Guida has a score consisting of 37 wins and 21 losses.
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