Clay Guida

Clay Guida is the former -- and first -- Strikeforce lightweight champion and fights for the UFC currently at featherweight, formerly at lightweight. He is known for his gameplan of controlling opponents on the ground without much damage being doled out on either side.

Twilight of Guida's Career at 155Edit

He most recently faced Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Rafael Dos Anjos. He broke Dos Anjos's jaw in the first round with a counter right hand and Dos Anjos was forced to submit due to the injury late in the third round.

Guida next faced former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi, winning via guillotine choke submission in the second round.

After pulling off his third-straight submission victory over a veteran like Gomi, Guida moved back into the upper echelon at 155 pounds. Guida next faced debuting former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, winning a boring decision victory over Pettis.

Guida next faced former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson. The winner of the fight would earn a shot in Japan at the UFC lightweight title held by Frank Edgar. Henderson defeated Guida via a relatively close unanimous decision to earn the shot.

Guida next faced the heavy-handed and smothering wrestler Gray Maynard. Guida refused to consistently engage over the twenty-five minute main event bout but Maynard managed to earn a controversial split decision victory, sending Guida right back to the drawing board. Many fans -- including this analyst -- were very satisfied with that fact.

Drop to 145Edit

Guida next dropped to featherweight to face former Sengoku featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki. He defeated Hioki via an extremely controversial split decision.

Guida was next set to fight contender Chad Mendes. Unfortunately he was soon injured and replaced by wrestler Darren Elkins.

After recovering and watching Mendes smash Elkins, Guida re-signed the original matchup with Mendes himself.  Mendes ended up knocking out Guida in the third round of a relatively back-and-forth fight. It was the first knockout loss of Guida's career.

After taking a pretty significant layoff Guida next signed to fight Pride and Dream veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri. Guida impressed with a much-needed and clearcut unanimous decsision victory over the veteran Kawajiri.


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