Clay Guida ruins Scott Holtzman’s retirement

UFC Hall of Famer Clay Guida still owns a wrestling game that can frustrate opponents.

In Scott Holtzman’s final UFC fight, Guida (38-19 MMA, 18-16 UFC) drew on what he does best to convince two of the three judges that he was the winner, scoring two 29- 28 results on the official scorecards. Holtzman (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) appeared solid in the batting department, but only one judge approved of his performance.

The easy fight was part of the UFC’s preliminary card on ESPN 42 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

As the crowd chanted Guida’s name, the two lightweights got straight into the action early in the fight. Holtzman took control of the middle of the cage after the first few punches and tried to land big punches while Guida tried to mix things up with kicks and takedowns.

In the second, Guida found early clinch success as he pursued takedowns more aggressively. Holtzman gave up a couple of takedowns but was able to get back up and separate without taking much damage. On his feet, Holtzman continued to win flashy rallies, but Guida stuck with his wrestling attack.

Holtzman hit the gas early in the final round and landed nice shots while Guida waited for his chance to get back in the clinch and did just that with a couple of big takedowns to control the final minutes of the action. While Holtzman was clearly frustrated, he was unable to put up any significant offense in the final moments of the fight.

Guida’s wrestling attack convinced two of the official cageside judges that he had done enough to win a split decision.

Guida returns to the winning column after a first-round submission loss to Claudio Puelles in April. Before that setback, he completed a task of his own to defeat Leonardo Santos last December.

Holtzman, 39, who tried to leave his gloves in the cage to signal his retirement, will walk away with seven wins under the UFC banner. “Hot Sauce” picked up wins over Cody Pfister, Michael McBride, Darrell Horcher, Alan Patrick, Dong Hyun Ma and Jim Miller.

Recent UFC results on ESPN 42 include:

  • Sand Guide def. Scott Holtzman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Michael Johnson defeated. Marc Diakiese by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Jonathan Pearce defeated. Darren Elkins by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Defeated Natan Levy. Genaro Valdez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Defeated Francis Marshall. Marcelo Rojo via KO (punches) – Round 2, 1:14
  • Defeated Yazmin Jauregui. Istela Nunes via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:06

For more information on the card, visit the MMA Junkie for UFC event hub on ESPN 42.

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