Clay Guida will welcome Anthony Pettis to the Octagon on June 4. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The fight card for “The Ultimate Fighter 13” Finale is beginning to take shape.
The UFC on Wednesday announced five official contests for the June 4 bill, including a pivotal 155-pound main event between World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and divisional stalwart Clay Guida.
The show, which goes down at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and airs live on Spike TV, will also feature a lightweight showdown between “TUF 12” winner Jonathan Brookins and the hard-hitting Jeremy Stephens. Additionally, Ed Herman will meet Tim Credeur in a middleweight affair, while Josh Grispi will lock horns with George Roop at featherweight. Rounding out the main card will be a bantamweight duel between former WEC title challenger Scott Jorgensen and American Top Team representative Ken Stone.
Pettis was last seen lifting the WEC title from Ben Henderson in the promotion’s final fight before folding into the UFC. After four back-and-forth rounds, Pettis unleashed one of the most talked-about maneuvers in the history of the sport, launching himself off the cage and delivering a whipping roundhouse kick to the cheek of the retreating champion. Though Henderson recovered from the blow and heard the final bell, it was Pettis who was awarded the fight and the title of last-ever WEC lightweight champ.
The Duke Roufus-trained Pettis was supposed to receive an immediate title shot at either Frankie Edgar or Gray Maynard, but their UFC 125 title bout went to a draw. UFC President Dana White announced shortly thereafter that Edgar and Maynard would fight for a third time, leaving Pettis without an opponent. Rather than sit on the sideline, however, “Showtime” opted to risk his status as No. 1 contender and take on Guida.
Currently training out of Greg Jackson’s camp in Albuquerque, N.M., Guida is considered one of the UFC’s most exciting scrappers. Known for his frenetic pace and superior wrestling, Guida most recently submitted former Pride Fighting Championships ace Takanori Gomi with a guillotine choke on New Year’s Day. The victory marked the third consecutive win for “The Carpenter,” as Guida also bested Rafael dos Anjos and Shannon Gugerty in 2010.