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Friday, 09/28/2012, 07:14 am

Clay Guida drops to featherweight division | UFC News

By: Chris Taylor

Longtime UFC lightweight standout Clay Guida (29-13 MMA, 9-7 UFC) is dropping down a weight class and will now compete in the UFC’s featherweight division.

Clay’s representatives at VFD Sports Marketing announced the news today stating that Guida has opted to drop to the 145lb featherweight division. A debut date and opponent have not yet been confirmed by the UFC, but it is expected that his featherweight debut will take place sometime in the new year (2013).

Guida’s decision to drop down a weight class comes after suffering back-to-back losses in the lightweight division. After winning four straight fights, which included victories over notable fighters Takanori Gomi and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, he lost a title-eliminator bout with Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 1 back in November. Then in June, he suffered a split-decision loss to former title challenger Gray Maynard in a rather forgettable UFC on FX 4 headliner.

The former Strikeforce Champion, Guida, will look to return to his crowd-pleasing ways when he enters the ‘Jose Aldo dominated’ featherweight division. Guida has racked up five “Fight of the Night” bonuses and two “Submission of the Night” awards during his UFC career.

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10 Comments to Clay Guida drops to featherweight division | UFC News

  1. Me says:

    I don’t say to this about any UFC fighter but Guida is an exception… #FuckGuida!

  2. Dick Diaz says:

    i mean, he didn’t have a future at lightweight… he would’ve been a declining gatekeeper at best…

  3. Realgrappler says:

    +1

    Guida will always have a tough time getting a title shot at Lightweight, the division is just too stacked. This is best career move he will ever make. He may never be a champion in the UFC but featherweight is the division that I feel he will finally get a title shot in.

  4. DMAC says:

    This dude just wants to avoid the fight and hold you down with both hands clasped behind your back. True dirt ball in the sport and I’m shocked he’s still even has a job!

  5. Kingsforge says:

    Will never forget his fight against Diego Sanchez, that was pure carnage.

  6. makaveli says:

    He is pretty much a stepping stone for other fighters.

  7. dan man 1 says:

    i dont watch guida to win i watch guida to just fight like a beast

  8. KIDD433 says:

    I wonder if Guida is gonna Fitch and run from fighters at 145

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