Oh these ambiguous 10 point must system rules, what are we going to do with you? After Clay Guida’s victory last night over the last WEC champ and the 155 pound number one contender that isn’t Gray Maynard (1.5 contender) Anthony Pettis, many fans have come out damning the MMA scoring system yet again. It sucks, everyone knows it, but the ambiguity brings contradicting views all over the place. At this point I don’t even know what defines an attempted submission anymore. Working towards a submission and actually having a submission in (the armbar he had Guida in at the end of the round) are two completely different things. Which count as attempts?
Technically, Guida showed amazing submission defense and took down Pettis five times to zero. Guida outstruck him (with his shoulder, I know, but still) and Guida improved position more. As ballin as Pettis’ guard work was, you have to at least give Guida some props. Yeah? Where are the Toney family and the original death fighters when we need them? This fight would have been awesome if it was part of the mandatory 5 round main event.
Pettis talked to MMAFighting:
“I feel I had some holes in my game, and Clay Guida and Greg Jackson did of a good job of having a good game plan,” Pettis said after saying he had no regrets for taking the fight instead of waiting out a lightweight title shot that had been promised him in December.
“I think control-wise, he was on top and he did a good job staying on top. I couldn’t get my submissions off – I attempted a lot, I hit him a lot, but I understand how the game works. He controlled things, and he won. I knew I had to get off my back to deal with Clay. But I’ll work on it and come back stronger.”
In the mean time I hope this makes everyone feel better: