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The Co-Main event comes in the Lightweight division, as Clay “The Carpenter” Guida takes on Claudio “El Nino” Puelles. At 40 years, Guida continues to defy time. Having won his last fight and two of the last three, Guida will seek to win two straight for the first time since 2017. Meanwhile, Puelles has been excellent since his unsuccessful debut in 2016. Rattling off four straight wins, Puelles is starting to make noise in the division. Earning a co-main event slot and fight against Guida is a great opportunity the Peru native.
As for a prediction, I have Puelles winning. While I could be very wrong here, as Guida is grizzled veteran with an endless gas tank, he has been very vulnerable against grapplers with good submission abilities. In fact, Guida has lost by submission in ten of his twenty-one losses. It’s not even something you can say chop up to an early career problem, as he’s been submitted in four of his last seven losses alone. Puelles being a grappling ace, has won six of his eleven wins via submission. Landing a takedown in each fight, including twelve in five UFC fights, Puelles has had little issues getting the fight to the mat. The only worry I have, is if Puelles fades. Guida being a cardio machine, can present issues should he find himself the fresher fighter. However, unlike Leonardo Santos, Guida’s last opponent, Puelles has more than four minutes of cardio. So with that said, I predict that Puelles will win this fight via submission.