Clay Guida’s recent fights have caught the attention of MMA fans, media and his own boss – and not in a good way.
Guida, who moved down to featherweight after a loss to Gray Maynard last year, will meet Chad Mendes next month at UFC on FOX 7. “The Carpenter” and Mendes share a mutual respect, but that is thrown out the window when it comes down to moving up the UFC’s rankings and getting closer to a title shot.
“It was an easy decision (to face Mendes) when a possible shot at a world title, a championship, is on the line,” said Guida, during a recent interview with MMAMania.com. “Nothing is gonna get in the way of my dream and that’s what I’m here to do for the last six-to-seven years in the UFC. Chad and I are grown men and we know that we’ll be friends no matter what.”
Guida topped Hatsu Hioki in his 145-pound debut earlier this year. Still, UFC president Dana White was recently quoted as questioning his style of fight as of late.
“Dana and I have an understanding. He knows that I’m one fight away from potentially having a “Fight of the Night” or a “Fight of the year” candidate,” he said. “These last couple of fights, Hioki, I want to see his last six fights and see how exciting those were. All of his fights in the UFC have been snoozers. Mine against him was a snoozer. It was a boring fight.”
Guida went on to talk about his matches with current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, Anthony Pettis and Takanori Gomi. He added that, “People know I’m out there to fight every fight like it might be my last.”