Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 1/28/13
Oh, that tricky “Octagon control” rule. If someone secures a takedown and maintains top position without inflicting any damage, should said fighter be awarded the victory? How about if the athlete on the bottom lands nearly twice as many total strikes throughout the contest? Well, that’s pretty much how Clay Guida (Pictured) took home a split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) win over Hatsu Hioki on Saturday night at “UFC on FOX 6.” In his featherweight debut, Guida scored one takedown in all three rounds. However, his attack was far from devastating once the scrap hit the mat. In fact, referee Robert Madrigal was forced to stand them up on two separate occasions due to inactivity. Although Guida maintained dominant top position for much of their 15-minute affair, it was Hioki who connected on 74 significant strikes to “The Carpenter’s” 40. According to FightMetric, the UFC’s official number crunchers, the Japanese standout out-struck Guida in every round. He won 31-16 in the opening ...
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