June 4, 2011
Guida finally gets TUF finale win
By QMI Agency
This time, the Carpenter nailed it.
Clay (the Carpenter) Guida, a loser in his two previous appearances at The Ultimate Fighter season-closing shows, earned a unanimous-decision win over rising star Anthony (Showtime) Pettis in the co-main event of the TUF 13 finale Saturday at The Palms in Las Vegas.
Clearly Guida wasn't happy about having an 0-2 mark on TUF finales -- he lost to Roger Huerta and Diego Sanchez -- and took it out on Pettis, the former WEC lightweight champion who was making his UFC debut. Pettis could have put himself in position to fight for the UFC lightweight strap by beating Guida, winner of four in a row, but that likely won't happen now.
Tony Ferguson took home the TUF 13 title with a knockout win over Ramsey Nijem. Ferguson, who played the role of villain during the reality TV series, ended it less than four minutes into the opening round.
Ed Herman took just 48 seconds to dispose of Tim Credeur in a middleweight tilt. Herman caught Credeur with an uppercut that sent him down then followed that up with four more head-snappers while he was on the ground to finish it.
Earlier on the main card, TUF alum Kyle Kingsbury overcame a bloodied and swollen left eye to get the unanimous-decision win over Fabio Maldonado in a reasonably entertaining light-heavyweight bout.
That fight made up for a lacklustre affair between TUF 13 welterweights Chris Cope and Chuck O'Neill. Cope scored the decision win but neither fighter really deserved to have his arm raised after three rounds of dancing.
In other bouts, Jeremy Stephens laid a beating on Danny Downes to post a unanimous-decision win; George Roop got the TKO win thanks to a third-round body shot that crumpled Josh Grispi; Shamar Bailey out-wrestled Ryan McGillivray to score the decision win; Clay Harvison got a split decision win over Justin Edwards; Scott Jorgensen got the first-round TKO win over Ken Stone; and Reuben Duran choked out Francisco Rivera at 1:57 of the third round.