UFC Lightweight Clay Guida Plans to Drop to 145 Pounds

MMA: JAN 31 UFC 94 - St Pierre v Penn

Clay Guida’s career is said to be coming to a close. VFD Sports Marketing, the fighter’s representative has announced last Friday that Clay “The Carpenter” Guida will be dropping down to featherweight division for his next appearance on the ring. The management of VFD has announced this surprising news but has not announced a specific date for Guida’s featherweight debut yet.

Guida however has released an official statement: “It will be nice to finally be one of the bigger guys in the cage” he added “I don’t cut weight at 155 and making 145 will be no problem for me. My fans will get to see ‘The Dude’ put some royal beatings on everyone in the division. I will not be satisfied until the featherweight belt is mine.”

“The Carpenter” has begun his professional UFC career in 2006 and has been one of the most lucrative fighters in the business. He has competed for UFC for 16 times as a lightweight and has managed to topple prized fighters like Nate Diaz, Takamori Gomi, Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos. Guida has been a Strikeforce lightweight title holder when he was able to clinch the belt from Josh Thomson; but he lost the title via split decision to Gilbert Melendez three months after enjoying the glory at Strikeforce’s “Revenge.”

Clay “The Carpenter” Guida is from Round Lake, Illinois and at the age of 30 has 29 wins and only 13 loses in his career. His last fight was a headliner defeat against Gray Maynard via split decision on UFC on FX 4 in June 2012. Prior to this defeat was another failure and this time was in the hands of Benson Henderson via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 1. His most recent win was against Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision at UFC 13 Finale last June 2011.

Hungry for a win, Clay Guida’s decision is sure to make fans hungry as well as they await the return of their prized champion. Guida’s trainer Greg Jackson on the other hand wanted his fighter to enrage more as he watched the “lackluster fight” that Guida delivered as he lost via split decision to Maynard. He mentions in an interview that he regrets that they could have done things a bit differently and he was also a bit disappointed with his fighter’s performance.