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Clay Guida says “if the UFC wants to see the most exciting lightweight title fight” he has to be part of it

Over his five-year UFC career lightweight Clay Guida has built up a solid fanbase thanks in large part to his style both in and out of the Octagon. Known as much for his frenetic pace as his frizzy mane, the 29-year old is on the cusp of contending for Frankie Edgar’s championship after UFC officials recently announced the winner of his fight tomorrow night against Ben Henderson would get a crack at Edgar’s belt in Japan come February 2012.

Guida spoke some about his approach to life, being a professional fighter, and the possibility of a title-shot in an interview with the UFC’s website.

“I don’t go out there thinking if I lose this one Joe Silva and Dana White might be knocking on my door. It’s not like that,” said Guida of his energy in the ring or propensity for grinding opponents down rather than stopping them dead in their tracks. “Here’s the deal – I’m going out there, I put in the time, and I’m gonna go in and cash in all my chips. I’m gonna set caution to the wind and come out there and perform and then leave it up to those guys. Some of my performances haven’t been as exciting as others, but in the end, it’s about having fun and putting on a show for the fans. My record (29-8) is nothing impressive to me, but I don’t think about losing. I go out there, the work is done, and it’s time to go out there and perform.”

Stepping into the ring is a reward for Guida, a point he drove home stating, “It’s a great ride, a great career, and it isn’t really a job for me. Most of my other jobs, I hated them. This is something I’ve been blessed with and very thankful to do on a daily basis.”

“Everyone’s different and maybe they have to prepare differently for their fights and take a more serious stance than another individual, but I’m happy to be where I’m at, and even more happy about where I’m going in the future in my career,” he continued. “It’s an honor, and I couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do. There’s not enough time to be upset or be grumpy or carry a frown on your face.”

Come Saturday evening at UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, Guida expects to be grinning from ear to ear after defeating former WEC champion Henderson to solidify his status for a spot he claims the UFC will be lucky to have him in.

“To me, number one right now is taking Ben Henderson out in a big way. That way I can persuade the UFC with no question. Hopefully finishing him will make a clear statement that I made waves in the house and that if the UFC wants to see the most exciting lightweight title fight, Clay Guida has to be part of it.”

Fans can watch Guida/Henderson fight live on FOX Desportes if interested in brushing up on their Spanish or streaming through Facebook for the less adventurous. The fight is expected to start at approximately 8:00 PM EST.


MMATraining Take: I have a feeling Guida is going to fall short of his goal in terms of beating “Bendo”, but I suspect he’ll get over it relatively fast and probably have an opportunity to enjoy a bit of extra money after a “Fight of the Night” bonus. “The Carpenter” is a tremendous competitor but I simply feel Henderson’s athleticism, strength, and roundedness will be too much for Guida.


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