The gauntlet has been thrown down by both Clay Guida and Ben Henderson’s managers.
After Guida’s team said Monday they were open to a No. 1 contender’s bout for the UFC lightweight title between their client and Ben Henderson, Henderson’s team answered on Tuesday.
“Right now, I think Ben Henderson should be in line to fight for the lightweight title, but we’d have no problem beating Clay Guida before we fight for the belt,” Henderson’s manager, Malki Kawa, said.
Both representatives feel that putting the bout as the main event of UFC on FOX on November 12 would be perfect for everyone involved.
Guida’s manager, John Fosco, feels the same way.
“We will attract a whole new number of viewers on prime-time TV because we know Clay’s style,” Fosco said. “We know it’s high-pace and high-energy. (Guida) is a polarizing guy in a positive way. Ben Henderson is a very tough guy. We have a ton of respect for him, and we feel he brings the same kind of passion and energy.”
The FOX event kicks off a landmark seven-year deal between the network and the UFC.
“Dana White always gives the fans what they want, and I hope he’ll grant them this fight,” Kawa said. “And John Fosco sounds pretty confident in his guy. Well I’m very confident in mine. The last manager I made a friendly wager with had to pay up, so I think John should step up, as well. We can make it a hair match – loser shaves his head. What do you say, John?
“I can’t think of any better way for the UFC to make its FOX debut than for Ben to fight Clay in the evening’s main event. There’s no possible way Ben and Clay won’t deliver an absolute thriller.”
Henderson has won his last two fights since falling to Anthony Pettis in a fight for the WEC lightweight title. “Smooth” is 14-2 in his MMA career and stunned previous-No. 1 contender Jim Miller earlier this month.
Guida (29-11) is 9-5 in the UFC and last fought in June, defeating Pettis by decision. He has won his last four fights.