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Clay Guida earns 15th UFC win, beats BJ Penn at ‘UFC 237’ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BJ Penn, Herb Dean, Clay Guida

BJ Penn, Herb Dean, Clay Guida

Fighting out of Johnsburg, Illinois, United States, Clay “The Carpenter” Guida, 37, was one of the winners at “UFC 237.” It was his 15th victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC 237” took place at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 11, 2019. In the fourth bout of the evening, Guida fought B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn, 40, of Hilo, Hawaii, United States in the lightweight division with Heb Dean as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the lightweight bout was left in the hands of the judges namely Fabio Alves, Derek Cleary and Hallison Pontes. In the end, Dean raised the hand of Guida, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Alves, Cleary and Pontes unanimously scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Guida. Winning at “UFC 237″improved Guida’s professional MMA record to 35 wins and 18 losses while Penn now has 16 wins, 14 losses and 2 draws.

“UFC 237” marked Guida’s 27th UFC outing. The opponents he defeated in the promotion from 2006 to 2011 were Justin “Pretty Boy” James, 34, of Nebraska, USA, Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio, 45, of Brazil, Samy “The Dog” Schiavo, 43, of Avignon, France, Mac Danzig, 39, of Los Angeles, California, USA, Nate Diaz, 34, of Stockton, California, Shannon Gugerty, 37, of San Diego, California, Rafael “RDA” dos Anjos, 34, of Rio de Janeiro, Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi, 40, of Tokyo, Japan and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, 32, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Guida defeated Hatsu Hioki, 35, of Nagoya, Japan in 2013, Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri, 41, of Inashiki, Japan in 2014 and Robbie “Problems” Peralta, 33, of Escondido, California in 2015. In 2017, Guida beat Erik “New Breed” Koch, 30, of Milwaukee and Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon, 34, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA.

Penn and Guida were two of the six fighters who represented the U.S. at “UFC 237.” The other countries were Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Mexico and Peru.

Born in Round Lake in Illinois on December 8, 1981, Guida is of Italian descent. He was five years old when he started his training in wrestling.

Watch the post-fight octagon interview with Guida at  “UFC 237” here:

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