The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas, Nevada once again tonight, December 4, 2021, for UFC on ESPN 31, headlined by former multi-time WEC & UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who faces fellow top ranked bantamweight contender Rob Font in the main event of the evening.
Co-headlining the event is a pair of kickboxing champions in Brad Riddell and Rafael Fiziev, both of which are looking to make it five-straight inside the octagon.
Our third bout on the main card tonight came in the lightweight division between longtime veteran Clay Guida and TUF: Brazil winner Leonardo Santos.
Guida is coming off a razor-thin split decision defeat to undefeated Olympic silver medalist (wrestling) Mark Madsen, while Santos is coming off the first defeat of his UFC career to Grant Dawson this past spring.
Continue reading to see how this bout went down:
Official Result: Clay Guida def. Leonardo Santos via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:22 of round two
Santos has an incredible start to the fight, as he nearly finishes Guida a number of times with some nasty punches and knees along the fence, both of which connected to the head and body of Guida.
Honestly, the fight should’ve been stopped, but with Keith Peterson being Keith Peterson (incredibly inconsistent and uneducated), he let it go and Santos has zero energy left, he blew his wad trying to finish the fight.
Once Guida recovers, he then secures a takedown and ends the round on top.
Guida secures a takedown immediately once round two starts and takes Santos’ back. He then proceeds to lock in a rear naked choke, and to our surprise, he finishes the fight with it.
One of the best BJJ fighters in the entire sport, and he was just submitted, just unbelievable.
We saw it happen to multi-time world BJJ champion Rodolfo Vieira earlier this year, and we saw it happen to Leonardo Santos tonight. You can’t get tired beyond repaid in MMA, you will get finished.
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