Clay Guida Agrees to Lightweight Pairing With Leonardo Santos at UFC on ESPN 31
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At a combined age of over 80, this lightweight incline in the December Ultimate Fighting Championship will be one of the greatest in the history of the division.
On Wednesday, Clay Guida (36-21) announced on his Instagram that he will face Leonardo Santos (18-4-1) in the UFC at ESPN 31. The two long lightweights will cross the line on December 4 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
“We have a veterans match on December 4 on ESPN !!!” Guida wrote when he published a picture of a fight between himself and his opponent. Wrestling Vs. JiuJitsu See you in Vegas !!! The best are yet to come!!!”
Guida will play this match four days before his 40th birthday and the 57-match vet last played in August, where he fell behind in breaking the decision of Mark O. Madsen. “The Carpenter” will enter his 32nd fight in the UFC when he faces Santos, tying Diego Sanchez for the sixth most in the history of the organization. Guida is one of less than 10 fighters in UFC history to have spent at least six hours in the Octagon.
The relatively older politician Santos, 41, has fought less than half as often as his opponent, although he made his professional debut a year earlier. Since entering the UFC in 2013, the Brazilian has entered the cage only nine times. If the pair remain intact, it will be the first time Santos has fought twice in a year since 2015, when he hit Anthony Rocco Martin and then knocked out Kevin Lee. His last outing was in March and Grant Dawson knocked him out with one second left, recording Santos’ first defeat since 2009 – ending an unbeaten streak of 13 appearances.
The UFC at ESPN 31 crashes Dec. 4 in Las Vegas at the UFC Apex, with a possible bantamweight title brawl putting the clever Rob Font against former shoe king Jose Aldo. The official match series has not been made public, but the matchup that will likely be placed high on the main card includes a mid-weight scrap between Brendan Allen and Brad Tavares and a lightweight rumble between Jimmy Crute and Jamahal Hill.