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Who wins the Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri bout at UFC Fight Night 39, and how?
CASH NORMAN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Kawajiri is a really aggressive wrestler and grappler who actively seeks submissions. Guida is a decent striker and very good wrestler. Normally, you might think their wrestling would cancel each other out and this would be a striking match. However, if Guida's fighting style changed after getting dropped and wobbled by Henderson, who knows what changes will be made after TKO to Mendes. Guida's constant bouncing and head movement might was an asset when he was utilizing it to evade punches and setup strikes and takedown opportunities. If he's only going to utilize movement to evade fighting then fans are basically going to watch Guida bouncing around while Kawajiri gives chase.
I predict, if Guida loses this fight, he will be the next fighter cut from the roster.
FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
I think Kawajiri wins, but honestly all I care about is if the fight is watchable. I don't want some boring dreck like we've seen from Guida recently. As long as they're both fighting to win, I'm good. I do think Kawajiri will be able to combat Guida enough to lure him into a situation where Kawajiri is able to get the submission. I'm thinking around late second round or so, maybe into the third.
KALE HAVERVOLD, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
I think Guida wins by decision. If he loses, however, I think he will be released, as his recent fights have been less than stellar, and he is a shadow of his former self.
BRAD WALKER, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
Probably Clay Guida, and there's no hometown partisan on that one because I'm not a big Guida fan. He's got the chin and wrestling to test anyone in the cage, but he lacks the entertainment value that most lower division fighters have with striking and speed. At least it's not Jason Guida, that would just be awful.
TOM STRONG, MMATORCH UK CONTRIBUTOR
What ever happened to fast, exciting and entertaining Clay Guida? Watching him now hurts my eyes. Having three defeats in his last four fights, Guida will be eager to get back to winning ways. Though I hope it's not done with more lay an pray. Kawajiri, on the other hand will be coming into the fight full of confidence, having won his last eight fights with only one going the distance.
I'm struggling to pick a winner here. It's hard to pick against Guida in what will be an ugly fight to watch.
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