Clay Guida isn’t satisfied to be sitting at just above .500 since joining the ranks of the UFC. In January, Guida will move to featherweight, taking on Hatsu Hioki at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson.
Guida hasn’t taken easy fights to remain relevant inside the Octagon, going up against several top contenders during his career. However, “The Carpenter” knows he can still do better, as he recently told UFC.com.
“Looking at my record in the UFC, it just doesn’t sit well and I demand more out of myself and I know I can do better,” Guida said. “People see my fighting style, and if they’ve seen my fights, that record could be 15-1 just like that. We fought the best in the lightweight division and got very close to the top.”
Guida (29-13) is on a two-fight losing streak, having lost decisions to Gray Maynard and current UFC 155-pound champion Benson Henderson. He decided to move to 145 after consulting with his brother, Jason Guida.
“He said it might be that time to cut those extra pounds and get down to ’45 and start pushing people around and start knocking dudes out,” Guida said.
Guida-Hioki is set for the prelims for the January 26 card from Chicago. Guida is a native of Illinois, but has not competed in his home state since 2006.