UFC on ESPN 11 Prelims: Bobby Green Takes Unanimous Verdict Over Clay Guida

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jun 20, 2020

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Solid takedown defense and a varied striking arsenal carried Bobby Green to a unanimous decision over Clay Guida in a lightweight bout at UFC on ESPN 11 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Two judges scored the fight 29-28 and a third had it 30-27 for Green, who won for just the second time in his last eight Octagon appearances.

Guida was his typical relentless self, but his dogged pursuit of the takedown often resulted in him absorbing knees and punches to the head and body from Green. “The Carpenter” found his greatest success in Round 1, when he was briefly able to ground Green twice. For the most part, however, Green (25-10-1, 6-5-1 UFC) confounded Guida with unorthodox movement, punches and the occasional front kick. The former King of the Cage champion ended the fight stuffing a takedown while trapping Guida’s arm, which allowed him to punctuate his victory with several solid shots to the face.

Guida (35-20, 15-14 UFC) has lost three of his last four UFC outings.

Torres Snaps Four-Bout Skid, Outpoints Van Buren

The speed and aggression of Tecia Torres was simply too much for Brianna Van Buren.

“The Tiny Tornado” lived up to her moniker, tearing into her opponent with rapid-fire punching combinations and kicks to the legs, body and head to earn a unanimous verdict over her fellow Invicta Fighting Championships veteran. All three cageside judges submitted 30-27 tallies in favor of Torres, who halted a four-bout losing streak.

Van Buren (9-3, 1-1 UFC) was able to suck Torres into the clinch for a significant portion of Round 1, but that grinding approach proved to be unsustainable. Torres (11-5, 7-5 UFC) was able to maintain the range as the fight progressed, as she picked Van Buren apart with a nice blend of strikes. Van Buren’s best moment down the stretch occurred when she landed an upward elbow while driving for a takedown against the fence, but by then Torres had already gained a sizable lead on the scorecards.

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Barriault Stops Piechota, Earns First UFC Win

Marc-Andre Barriault won for the first time in four Octagon appearances, taking a technical knockout victory against Oskar Piechota in a middleweight clash. The 30-year-old Quebec native brought a halt to the contest 4:50 into Round 2 with a flurry of punches from the standing-to-ground position.

In a matchup featuring a pair of fighters who were winless in UFC competition, it was Barriault (11-5, 1-3 UFC) who exhibited the greater sense of urgency, pressuring his Polish foe and attacking with effective offense in close quarters from the outset. “Powerbar” appeared to have Piechota (11-4-1, 0-4 UFC) reeling just before the horn in Round 1 and he duplicated that experience late in the second stanza. Two uppercuts and an elbow from Barriault put Piechota in defense mode on the canvas and from there, the former TKO Major League MMA champion teed off with a series of right hands before ragdolling his man to his back for the finishing barrage.

“It feels so fantastic to finally get my first UFC win. It’s unbelievable,” Barriault said. “He came to do a real dog fight. That’s my style. I like to throw bombs and mix things up.”

Robertson Grounds, Submits Casey

American Top Team representative Gillian Robertson earned her fifth finish in UFC competition, submitting Cortney Casey in a flyweight affair. The end came 4:32 into the third round, when Robertson worked her way to her opponent’s back and applied a tight rear-naked choke.

Robertson dominated the majority of the bout through takedowns and heavy top pressure. Casey enjoyed some success in standup exchanges, but those moments were fleeting, as Robertson (8-4, 5-2 UFC) spent the majority of the first two rounds in control. Casey briefly threatened with a belly-down armbar in Round 3, but Robertson was able to escape the predicament and scramble back into top position. Shortly thereafter, “The Savage” secured the fight-ending maneuver, forcing a tap without getting her hooks in. Casey (9-8, 5-7 UFC) was making her second 125-pound appearance following an 11 bout-stint at strawweight.

“No matter what, the rear-naked choke’s my thing, so the second you give me an opportunity I’m gonna take it,” Robertson said.

Jaynes Blitzes Camacho

Justin Jaynes made the most of his last-minute opportunity, as he roared out of the gates to earn a quick technical knockout stoppage of Frank Camacho at lightweight. The end came 41 seconds into Round 1 when referee Herb Dean pulled Jaynes (16-4, 1-0 UFC) off a reeling — but still standing — Camacho (22-9, 2-5 UFC).

Jaynes, who agreed to step in for Matt Frevola on Wednesday, took the fight to his opponent as soon as the opening bell sounded. Shortly thereafter, the 30-year-old Xtreme Couture representative dropped Camacho with a pair of left hooks. A dazed Camacho hustled to his feet, but Jaynes continued to unload with power punches, forcing Dean to step in and halt the contest.

“This is like a dream. I visualized this moment for months and months and years and years,” Jaynes said. “The game plan was hit him harder than he hit me.”

Murphy Holds Off Modafferi

Lauren Murphy gained some ground in the women’s flyweight division, earning a hard-fought unanimous decision over Roxanne Modafferi. Two judges saw the fight 30-27, while a third submitted a 29-28 tally — all in favor of Murphy (13-4, 5-4 UFC), who has won three consecutive UFC bouts.

While Modafferi (24-17, 3-5 UFC) remained active throwing straight punching combinations and forcing the clinch throughout the contest, it was Murphy who authored the bout’s most memorable moments. “Lucky” put her foe on wobbly legs in Round 2 with a counter right hand and generally connected with more authority throughout the fight. The MMA Lab representative also landed a pair of takedowns, including one to seal her victory in the fight’s final 20 seconds.

Hubbard Ruins Rohskopf’s Debut

Austin Hubbard battered Max Rohskopf, forcing his foe to ask out of the fight following a second-round surge of offense. Rohskopf, who stepped in as a short-notice replacement for Joe Solecki, told the cageside physician that he didn’t want to continue fighting prior to Round 3, bringing an end to the contest after 10 minutes.

Hubbard (12-4, 2-2 UFC) had his submission defense tested in the opening frame, as Rohskopf (5-1, 0-1 UFC) landed multiple takedowns and threatened with a series of leg locks. Rohskopf’s gas tank began to dwindle after an early takedown in Round 2, however. Once Hubbard was able to scramble to his feet, the Elevation Fight Team member began to pick his foe apart with a variety of strikes — including several emphatic two-punch combinations. By the end of the period, the Rohskopf was little more than a stationary target. Advertisement
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