By The Numbers: Mark O. Madsen vs. Clay Guida

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A grizzled veteran may be all that stands between Mark O. Madsen and the fast track to contention in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division.

The undefeated 2016 Olympic silver medalist will put his perfect 10-0 record on the line when he battles Clay Guida in the UFC on ESPN 29 co-headliner this Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Madsen enters the cage as the favorite. The Fight Ready rep last appeared at UFC 248 on March 7, 2020, when he overcame a broken jaw and took a unanimous decision from former Legacy Fighting Alliance champion Austin Hubbard. Guida, meanwhile, has been a fixture on the UFC roster for nearly 15 years. He last competed at UFC Fight Night 184, where he laid claim to a unanimous verdict over “The Ultimate Fighter 12” finalist Michael Johnson on Feb. 6.

As Madsen and Guida make final preparations for their three-round co-main event, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point.

36: Years of age for Madsen, who was born on Sept. 23, 1984 in Nykobing Falster, Denmark.

3: Madsen wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 30% of his career total (10). His list of victims: Philipp Henze, Dez Parker and Danilo Belluardo. Madsen owns three other wins by submission and four more by decision.

6: First-round finishes on the Madsen resume, including two of the sub-minute variety. He wiped out Henze with punches in 44 seconds at a European MMA event on Sept. 26, 2013 and choked Matthias Freyschuss unconscious with a guillotine in 26 seconds at an MMA Galla show on Jan. 13, 2018.

8: Takedowns completed by Madsen in his triumphant encounter with Hubbard, helping him offset a 41-15 deficit in the significant strikes landed department.

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22: Significant strikes by which Madsen outlanded Belluardo in his UFC Fight Night 160 promotional debut in September 2019. He connected on 22 such strikes in the 72-second match and did so without absorbing any in return.

39: Years of age for Guida, who was born in Round Lake, Illinois, on Dec. 8, 1981.

13: Guida victories by submission, accounting for 36% of his career total (36). His methods of choice: five rear-naked chokes, three arm-triangle chokes, two guillotine chokes, two ankle locks and one undisclosed choke. Guida holds seven other wins by knockout or technical knockout, 15 more by decision and another by undisclosed method.

30: Appearances for Guida in the UFC, tying him with Rafael dos Anjos for seventh on the promotion’s all-time list. Only Jim Miller (37), Donald Cerrone (37), Andrei Arlovski (35), Jeremy Stephens (34), Demian Maia (33) and Diego Sanchez (32) have more.

91: Days spent by Guida as Strikeforce lightweight champion. He was one of three fighters to strike gold at 155 pounds in the promotion, along with Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez (twice). Guida held the title from March 10, 2006 to June 9, 2006.

389: Combined wins between the 20 men—Miller, Sanchez, Melendez, Bobby Green, Charles Oliveira, Brian Ortega, Thiago Tavares, Dennis Bermudez, Chad Mendes, Gray Maynard, Benson Henderson, Kenny Florian, Roger Huerta, Tyson Griffin, Din Thomas, Yusuke Endo, Tristan Yunker, Gabe Lemley, Dan Duke and Adam Copenhaver—who have defeated Guida. They sport a cumulative record of 389-163-6 (.697). Advertisement


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