Pettis, Guida Hit Marks for ‘TUF 13’ Finale

By Brian Knapp Jun 3, 2011
In terms of contrasting styles, there can be no clearer line than the one drawn between Anthony Pettis and Clay Guida.

Pettis, the clean-cut former WEC champion, checked in at 155 pounds for his pivotal lightweight showdown with Guida (155) at “The Ultimate Fighter 13” Finale on Saturday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The eight others booked for main card duty -- including “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 welterweight finalists Ramsey Nijem (170) and Tony Ferguson (169) -- also met their mandated weight requirements at Friday’s official weigh-in.

A protégé of former world kickboxing champion Duke Roufus, Pettis will carry a four-fight winning streak into his Octagon debut. The 24-year-old tae kwon do black belt last appeared at WEC 53 in December, when he punctuated his five-round unanimous decision victory over Benson Henderson with a spectacular round kick off the cage at the Arena in Glendale, Ariz. Wins over UFC veteran Alex Karalexis, Team Takedown representative Shane Roller and Team Alpha Male’s Danny Castillo anchor his resume. A potent finisher on his feet and on the ground, Pettis has delivered more than half (11) of his 13 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Guida (Pictured, File Photo) will enter the matchup with momentum of his own, having pieced together a streak of three consecutive wins. The 29-year-old Round Lake, Ill., native last fought at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day, when he submitted former Pride Fighting Championships lightweight titleholder Takanori Gomi with a second-round guillotine choke at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative, Guida has compiled an 8-5 mark inside the UFC. In 39 professional outings, he has never been knocked out.

“The Ultimate Fighter 13” Finale -- which airs at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV -- will also feature a middleweight tilt pitting “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 finalist Ed Herman (186) against Tim Credeur (185), a light heavyweight duel pairing the American Kickboxing Academy’s Kyle Kingsbury (206) with Fabio Maldonado (203) and a welterweight battle matching Chuck O'Neil (170) with Chris Cope (170).

“The Ultimate Fighter 13” Finale
Saturday, June 4
Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas

“The Ultimate Fighter 13” Welterweight Final
Ramsey Nijem (170) vs. Tony Ferguson (169)

Anthony Pettis (155) vs. Clay Guida (155)
Ed Herman (186) vs. Tim Credeur (185)
Kyle Kingsbury (206) vs. Fabio Maldonado (203)
Chuck O'Neil (170) vs. Chris Cope (170)
Jeremy Stephens (156) vs. Daniel Downes (155)
Josh Grispi (145) vs. George Roop (146)
Shamar Bailey (171) vs. Ryan McGillivray (169)
Clay Harvison (171) vs. Justin Edwards (170)
Scott Jorgensen (135) vs. Ken Stone (136)
Reuben Duran (136) vs. Francisco Rivera (136)

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