After I win my fourth in a row against Diego Sanchez — and that will be my third straight win against a former Ultimate Fighter champion — I think I deserve a title shot. But in the UFC, that’s a privilege. In the UFC, they don’t just give away title shots. You have to earn it. If you look at my fights in the UFC, I’ve had a couple close decisions, a lot of exciting fights, and I think this will really put me on the map as the No. 1 contender, once I run through Diego.
—Clay Guida telling MMA Fanhouse that beating Diego Sanchez should earn him a lightweight title shot.
After Kenny Florian, there really isn’t a clear cut number one contender in the UFC’s lightweight division. Diego Sanchez could easily get the nod if wins Saturday night. If Guida beats him though, I suppose there’s an argument to made for him getting the title shot, however, he’d really have to steamroll Diego to get my vote. Gray Maynard is hanging around the division with an unbeaten record, plus let’s not forget how giddy Dana was over Frankie Edgar’s performance against Sean Sherk.
I don’t know how crazy I am about it, but the most logical option may be to give the shot to Gray (based on his record and win over Edgar), and let Guida and Edgar fight for the shot after that. Of course, that’s assuming Guida wins Saturday night, and that by no means is a given.
Who do you think should get the next lightweight title shot following UFC 101?