Clay Guida has nothing but respect for the WEC fighters that have joined the UFC ranks.
Guida, for one, is a former competitor in those ranks, having won his first and only fight there before joining the UFC.
Now, after defeating Anthony Pettis back in June, Guida (29-11) has been on the sidelines waiting for a shot at the victor of the Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard contest for the lightweight title.
The lightweight pecking order has been thrown out the window due to losses by Pettis and Jim Miller – who was thought to be the next in line before falling to Ben Henderson Sunday night.
“I would like to fight the winner of Edgar-Maynard,” Guida said Sunday night following the UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle card on Versus. “Those are two guys I look up to. They are great humans, well-spoken and amazing wrestlers.
“I am never one to settle down, as I am always training, always getting ready. Timing is everything (in MMA), and if people want to see the most exciting lightweight fight, I need to be in it.”
Guida has not been guaranteed a shot at the gold, but he feels that considering his recent string of triumphs, he is a prime candidate.
Since dropping back-to-back fights to Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian – two men who have competed for titles – “The Carpenter” has reeled off wins over Shannon Gugerty, Rafael dos Anjos, Takanori Gomi and Pettis. Both the Gugerty and Gomi fights saw Guida pick up Submission of the Night honors.
Guida was on hand and cageside for the Henderson-Miller contest, and had nothing but kind words to say to “Smooth.”
“Words can’t say enough. That was the Henderson we remember from winning in the WEC,” the 29-year-old said. “He came out with a chip on his shoulder and delivered.”
When asked about possibly fighting Henderson in the future, Guida had mixed emotions.
“It would be a battle of the hair,” the caveman-looking Guida laughed. “It would be an interesting fight and a lot of fun, especially for the fans, but I beat the guy that beat him (Pettis took the WEC title from Henderson).”
With Edgar-Maynard still almost two months away, it will be a while before we find out anything. As for Guida’s prediction of the fight, he is picking the champion.
“I think Edgar,” Guida said. “We are two of the smallest lightweights in the division. I am gonna go with a decision. Hopefully it is another barnburner because I am looking forward to it.”