Clay Guida is a rising star in the UFC’s lightweight division. His fan friendly, action packed style has garnered legions of fans and his tireless attack has made for fight-of-the-night type match ups every time he steps into the cage. Guida recently sat down with Tom Kim to give his take on a variety of topics, including his upcoming fight against Roger Huerta, probably the biggest fight of his career.
Guida’s Thoughts On UFC 78: Validation:
I was actually live in the front row. The under card was better than the main card unfortunately for most fans, but that’s how it goes sometimes. It wasn’t the best of fights especially from Karo and Spencer, but you can’t always perform the way you want to.
Guida On Fighting In The UFC:
I’ve been here for a year and I plan on being here for years to come based on my performances. I think I’ve been putting on good shows so far, considering the UFC has some of the best lightweights in the world. I’d like to see some other guys make their way over to the UFC. Guys like Gilbert Melendez who I fought last year, is a stud. He’s probably top two in the world right now. Joachim Hansen, Takanori Gomi, Shinya Aoki, Gesias “JZ” Calvancante, whom I’ve worked out with; I’d love to see all those guys come over. UFC’s awesome right now, but it’s going to keep improving as more guys make their way over.
Guida On His Next Opponent, Roger Huerta:
He’s a tough kid, as advertised. I definitely think I’ve fought better competition than him, but he’s fought some tough dudes, is very athletic, and keeps a high pace. I hope and expect he’ll be in tip top shape. That’s the only way I want it too. When I win, people won’t be able to say it was a fluke or Roger was a flash in the pan. It’s going to be “game on” for sure. I treat every fight as important as the next and this one is on my way to a title shot. This is the biggest one of my life so far. It’s a main event on live television and there is going to be a lot of people watching. I’m going take the limelight off of Roger and put it on myself. People have had their eyes on us for the last few fights. Huerta’s 5-0 in the UFC and I’m arguably 3-1 in the UFC (Guida is 2-2 in the UFC, but lost a controversial split decision to Tyson Griffin). I think that our records are a bit misleading since he hasn’t necessarily fought the toughest opponents, but 5-0 is 5-0. I also think my record and my performances speak for themselves. As far as the importance of the fight, you never really can tell. It’s in Dana White and Joe Silva’s hands as far as who’s going to get a title shot, but I feel like I’m well deserving, especially after I put on a good show on December 8th.