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Guida Looks To End Kawajiri’s Streak, Get Back On Track At UFC Fight Night

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 4/7/2014 10:44:12 PM

The countdown is on with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira set to clash with Roy Nelson at the UFC Fight Night event this Friday Night in Abu Dhabi, but before the heavyweights throw down in the main event, it will be a couple of veteran featherweights that get the chance to go head-to-head. Clay Guida is set to clash with Tatsuya Kawajiri in a battle of two fighters known for putting it all on the line in order to win, and something will have to give. Kawajiri has won six-straight fights including a successful UFC debut win over Sean Soriano, and now he gets the chance to show his worth against a veteran UFC fighter that also has something to prove heading in to this bout.

UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson
(30-14-0) Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (33-7-2)
Friday April 11, 2014
Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, UAE
UFC Betting Line: Guida – 140

Guida is hoping to do much more than just end Kawajiri’s streak at UFC Fight Night this Friday, as he also attempts to get back on track after dropping three of his last four fights. The Illinois-native had won four-straight fights before getting his shot at the title, but he has struggled since his loss to Benson Henderson, and this will be a tough test despite that he is the slight favorite.

UFC Betting Preview: Clay Guida

It feels like a long time since Guida put together four-straight wins including three submission victories and two bonuses, and now he gets the chance to make a statement while getting back on track. Although he has struggled of late, each of Guida’s last five losses have come against elite competition made up of champions or legitimate title contenders, and Kawajiri has yet to prove himself as either to this point. Guida has to be careful to pick his spots in a fight like this, although his reckless style could lead to the same stuff we have seen from him for years now.

UFC Betting Preview: Tatsuya Kawajiri

Kawajiri took more than a year off from the sport before making his UFC debut, but he picked right up from where he left off with a technical submission win over Soriano just 50 seconds in to the second round of their bout. A veteran kickboxer that is very well rounded, Kawajiri has picked up 12 wins via knockout compared to 10 via submission, and he hasn’t lost a fight since April of 2011. The problem is that the last time he did lose it was just 3:14 in to his Strikeforce Lightweight title fight versus Gilbert Melendez, and there aren’t any real big names on the list of fighters that he has beaten to this point. Guida will be the most talented fighter that Kawajiri will have faced since Melendez, and that will put his streak in jeopardy.

UFC Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

As impressive as Kawajiri’s recent history is, his lack of wins against elite competition make him vulnerable heading in to a fight like this where he is facing a former title contender with plenty of experience at the highest level. Kawajiri should be able to hold his own and make this an interesting fight, but ultimately it will be Guida that takes care of business and comes out on top.

UFC Betting Pick: Clay Guida - 140


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