Surging UFC featherweight contender Dennis Bermudez is finally getting the high-profile opportunity that he had been campaigning for. “The Menace”, who is on an impressive six-fight win streak, will square off against veteran Clay Guida in a battle of top-10 contenders at UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose on July 26.
Bermudez has taken his game to another level since a loss to Diego Brandao in The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 finale. He’s secured a trio of post-fight bonuses during this current hot-streak, including a Performance of the Night bonus after a dominant win over Jimy Hettes at UFC 171. Bermudez dismantled the submission specialist, breaking him down with powerful punches and showing off his brute strength en route to a third-round stoppage.
Guida got his career back on track at Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi by earning a unanimous decision victory over Japanese veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri. It was exactly the type of performance that “The Carpenter” needed after being knocked out for the first time in his career by Chad Mendes at UFC 164. The matchup against “The Crusher” delivered a little bit of everything and earned both competitors bonuses for producing the Fight of the Night. Guida has gone 2-1 since making the move down to the 145-pound division.
Guida had made a fan-friendly reputation for being involved in a number of classic lightweight clashes during the majority of his Octagon career, but he had been criticized of late for a safety-first style. Fortunately for fans, Guida was back to his exciting ways against Kawajiri and now sits at No. 7 in the latest rankings.
This matchup has the potential to be a fast-paced, frenetic contest between two fighters who’ve been involved in their share of exciting fights. They both possess strong wrestling backgrounds. Bermudez may have the power advantage in the striking game, but Guida’s endless gas tank and ferocious pace will be a great test.
It was time that Bermudez finally be given the chance to test himself against the best that the 145-pound division has to offer. He gets that challenge against Guida, who is hoping to prove that his move down to the featherweight ranks was a beneficial one for his career.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports