The UFC officially announced earlier this week that two huge lightweight match-ups would take place at UFC 118 on August 28, 2010 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to UFC lightweight champion Frank Edgar defending his title against former champ BJ Penn, Kenny Florian will face Gray Maynard to determine the top contender for the lightweight throne.
One person who is paying close attention to both bouts is the always-exciting Clay Guida. Guida lost to Florian at UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez and is hoping to get another crack at the top of the division.
“I’m pumped about Kenny Florian-Gray Maynard, man,” Guida recently told Mark Wayne of FightLine.com. “They’re in my spot right now. I missed my opportunity, I wasn’t prepared at the time and I won’t make that mistake twice.”
Maynard has successfully parlayed his NCAA Division I Michigan State wrestling background inside the Octagon. Guida feels that Maynard has the advantage in the fight if he sticks to his strengths.
“That, to me, is a very, very interesting fight,” said Guida. “You’ve got two guys who are good strikers, good on the ground, great grapplers–to me, Gray has the edge if he fights his fight. Not like the Nate Diaz fight where he was manhandling him at first and then he let Nate back in the fight just ’cause he wanted to knock his head off.”
The one fight that has Guida the most excited is the rematch between UFC lightweight champion Frank Edgar and BJ Penn.
“To me that’s like another one of those Brock Lesnar-Shane Carwin fights,” he stated. “It’s gonna be awesome.”
Edgar had upset Penn at UFC 112: Invincible this past April to win the title. Guida feels that Penn didn’t show up prepared for the first bout, and hopes that he’s in top form for the mulligan.
“I wanna see if BJ Penn, the real BJ, shows up that we know that dominates the lightweight division cause Frankie’s no one to be taken lightly,” he noted. “I think BJ made that mistake in the first place and he found out the hard way. Frankie’s one of the toughest dudes out there. We’ve seen that from day one when he made his debut against Tyson Griffin. He’s known to be looked past and looked beyond but he comes out ready and just never stops. He’s like a jack-in-the-box, he’s always moving, always threatening and he’s gonna be ready 110 percent. He’s gonna be better than he was in the last fight and I wanna see both of those guys on top of their games because, once again, someone’s holding my belt that night.”
For the full interview, which includes Guida talking about training with Greg Jackson, facing Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 117 and much more, click here.