The last time Clay Guida (29-13) was inside the Octagon, he was harshly criticized for his performance by the New Jersey crowd and UFC president Dana White. For majority of the fight, Guida did much footwork but little when it came to offense.
By the end of the fight, Guida lost in a split-decision to Gray Maynard (11-1-1-1 NC) at UFC on FX 4. Guida thinks the crowds’ verbal comments and constant booing played a factor in that fight.
“I think the crowd definitely played into it, maybe some uneducated East Coast fans that were just out in Atlantic City for a good time who didn’t realize what was going into that fight,” said Guida to Sherdog. “True fans and media know what went on in the cage that night, so that just motivates me to go out there and not let that happen again.”
As Guida makes his return for the UFC, he will do so as a featherweight for the first time. In his 10 year career, he has fought only as a lightweight. In that weight class he is a onetime Strikeforce champion and earned Fight of the Year twice out of the UFC.
He meets Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2), who lost on the same summer card, at UFC on FOX 6 this Saturday. They will fight on the preliminary end that airs on FX. That encounter comes from the United Center in Chicago, IL.