After years of toiling away in the UFC’s talent-rich lightweight division, Clay “The Carpenter” Guida is finally closing in on a title shot. The 29-year-old Big Lebowski enthusiast is set to meet Ben Henderson this weekend at UFC on Fox 1, with the winner likely to get a shot at the UFC lightweight title. With Gilbert Melendez out there and the way things go in this sport, Guida knows that even with victory, he won’t be promised a shot at the belt. He told CagePotato recently that he’s hoping to beat Henderson and get the title shot, but that he definitely isn’t looking at it as a foregone conclusion.
“We’ve been around [in the UFC] for five years and have never been in a rush to get a title shot, so we’re not starting now,” Guida says. “We are just going to follow our gameplan and keep exploiting our opponents’ weaknesses. Hopefully a big win against Henderson will put an exclamation point on me being the legit, number one contender and show Joe Silva, Dana White, and the Fertita brothers. They’ve seen great performances from me, but they’ve also seen me fall short a couple times.”
Some feel that Guida and Henderson aren’t getting a fair shake, as their top-flight lightweight tilt will only be seen via Facebook, no matter how long the heavyweight title fight, which is the sole focus of the Fox broadcast, lasts. Like kost things, The Carpenter isn’t stressing over it too much. He thinks that the fight will speak for itself and, if it’s good enough, people will see it.
“You know what, if it is a good enough fight people will watch it anyway,” said Guida. “They will show it in the future on re-runs and if I fight well I can get the big shot at the lightweight title. Things happen for a reason. The dedicated fans will watch it and hopefully they will bring along some of their friends who are newer to the sport.”
UFC on Fox 1 goes down this Saturday, November 12, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.