UFC lightweight fighter Clay “The Carpenter” Guida has been on an upswing since posting two losses in a row last year to Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez. He has finished both Shannon Gugerty and Rafael dos Anjos this year and is about to go after his third victory in a row. Guida will take on Japanese fighter Takanori Gomi this Saturday night on the main card of UFC 125: Resolution; “The Carpenter” spoke with Heavy.com about the fight and discussed the improvements he has made in his game that he believes will lead him to victory.
“Every fight that our styles are in are potential Fight of the Night,” Guida said of himself and Gomi. “He goes out there and wings it and you know he’s going to be right there in the pocket firing punches. (In every one of his fights), it’s either going to be a bloodbath or someone’s going to get knocked out.”
Guida also made mention of the fact that he will be looking to implement his ground game more often, not only in the Gomi bout, but in all of his fights from here on out. “The Carpenter” told Heavy that he feels as though he strayed from that approach in some recent bouts and that he is looking to return to his bread and butter.
“That’s what got me here to this point in my UFC career,” Guida said. “The first couple years I had submission after submission after submission it seemed like. My wrestling and ground and pound is one of those styles that’s just fast paced.
“I kind of just start flailing stuff and opponents get uncomfortable on their back and make a mistake and they stick their head out there for the choke,” he added. “Or I just hit them with a punch and they give up their back. I think that is what’s going to propel me to the top of the division.”
Guida and Gomi will square off on the main card of the upcoming UFC 125 broadcast, which goes down this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.