Diaz, Guida stand tall at UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha
Various flying punches, subtle antics and solid trades highlighted the middleweight match-up. Belcher had the edge in striking on their feet while Herman was able to take his opponent down in each of the three rounds. Herman finished the fight strong, throwing strikes from the full mount as the final round came to an end.
Much to the displeasure of the booing crowd, Belcher received a controversial split decision. Belcher got a much needed win and put his name back into the list of potential 185-pound contenders.
"I trained hard for this," said Schafer. "That's my signature move."
Since his first day in the Octagon, Guida has faced nothing but top competition in the lightweight division and he put another big win on his record by pressing the pace and keeping Danzig on the defensive for almost every second of their fight.
The first round saw Danzig at his most effective in the fight, staying on his feet and landing a few solid combinations that kept Guida away from him.
But as the round wore on, Guida got more comfortable getting inside of Danzig's punches and eventually landing a good takedown on his opponent.
In the second round, it was the Illinois native who took over the fight by pushing forward and showing his intense cardio as he kept Danzig off balance with takedowns and just an overall relentless attack.
"He hit me pretty hard a couple of times, I knew I could take him down off the transitions," said Guida following the fight. "He's very slick off his back, I couldn't keep my head in the middle. He's got a lot of good kimuras and stuff, so I just tried to put him on his back and hold him there, and we duked it out on the feet too, he's a stud."
Danzig almost slipped in a kimura in the third round, but again Guida kept away from anything dangerous, while maintaining control throughout.
In the end, it was Guida's undying dedication to work for the takedown as well as setting a pace that few fighters in MMA could keep up with, that earned him a unanimous decision victory.
Following his fourth win in the Octagon, Guida stayed humble by complimenting his opponent after a hard fought win.
"I want to congratulate Mac Danzig, he's a true warrior, he's a champion," Guida commented. "Very experienced, he's a very game opponent, he's going to do big things in this sport, I know it."
Diaz impressed the fans with smooth transitions into submission attempts while Neer scored more damage with his strikes and slams.
Both fighters showed excellent poise and resilience in defending the offense of each other, making it a highly entertaining yet technical fight.
After three exciting rounds, Nate Diaz was awarded a split decision. The fight was very close and the victory could have gone to either fighter. Some of the fans expressed their displeasure regarding the decision but were ultimately pleased by the fight as a whole.
The Cesar Jiu-Jitsu fighter gave Neer a lot of credit afterwards for his ability to defend against Diaz's submission attempts.
"Josh Neer, he ain't no black belt in Jiu-Jitsu like the other guys I've been fighting. This (expletive), this dude right here can fight. All these other Jiu-Jitsu guys and (expletive) and wrestlers, ya'll need to learn how to box. Get in here and fight us. This dude is down."
"I train hard. I just try to work my [butt] off, I ain't quitting. Neither is that dude (pointing at Neer)."
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