Clay Guida

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Clay Guida
Clay Guida.png
BornClayton Guida
(1981-12-08) December 8, 1981 (age 32)
Round Lake, Illinois, United States
Other namesThe Carpenter
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg; 10 st 6 lb)
DivisionLightweight (155 lb) (2003-2012)
Featherweight (145 lb) (2012-present)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
StyleWrestling
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico by way of Johnsburg, Illinois
TeamJackson's Submission Fighting[1]
Years active2003-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total44
Wins30
By knockout4
By submission15
By decision10
Unknown1
Losses14
By knockout1
By submission6
By decision6
Unknown1
UniversityWilliam Rainey Harper College
Notable relativesJason Guida (brother)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 11, 2011
 
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Clay Guida
Clay Guida.png
BornClayton Guida
(1981-12-08) December 8, 1981 (age 32)
Round Lake, Illinois, United States
Other namesThe Carpenter
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg; 10 st 6 lb)
DivisionLightweight (155 lb) (2003-2012)
Featherweight (145 lb) (2012-present)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
StyleWrestling
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico by way of Johnsburg, Illinois
TeamJackson's Submission Fighting[1]
Years active2003-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total44
Wins30
By knockout4
By submission15
By decision10
Unknown1
Losses14
By knockout1
By submission6
By decision6
Unknown1
UniversityWilliam Rainey Harper College
Notable relativesJason Guida (brother)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 11, 2011

Clayton "The Carpenter" Guida (/ˈɡwdə/; born December 8, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist and currently fighting in the UFC as a featherweight. Guida was the inaugural Strikeforce Lightweight Champion. He is currently ranked the #5 featherweight in the world by Sherdog.[2]

Background[edit]

Guida is renowned for his iron chin, having been knocked out only once in competition by Chad Mendes, relentless pressure, and unending stamina.[3]

Guida has been criticised for noticeably shifting away from his once relentless, forward moving and offensive fighting style, in favor of an apparently safety first, non-combative gameplan. Guida's recent approach to MMA has not been received well by both fans and critics alike, who seem to regard his incessant footwork and continuous head movement not as an attempt to be elusive, but rather a deliberate and measured attempt to avoid significant exchanges with his opponent. The change even drew criticism from UFC president Dana White, who in an interview with 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles, in February, 2013 stated: "The problem with Clay Guida lately is Clay Guida has completely changed his style. The style that made him popular and exciting, what everybody liked, why everybody liked Clay Guida—now he does the exact opposite," White continued "He was a buzzsaw and just moved forward and doesn't stop and he kept going until he eventually broke you. Now he does the exact opposite, he runs. Nobody wants to see that."[4]

During the early stages of his MMA career, Guida worked as a carpenter (leading to his nickname, "The Carpenter") while training and fighting in his spare time, compiling a professional record of 20-6.

In 2008 Guida worked as stunt performer in the movie 'Assassination of a High School President' starring Bruce Willis and Reece Thompson. [5] In 2009 Guida starred in the motivational mixed martial arts exercise video 'The Ultimate Workout: Five Rounds With Clay Guida'.[6]

2011 Illinois State Wrestling Championships[edit]

Clay was generous enough to finance the inspirational video played before the state championship matches. He stepped in with the money after the Illinois High School Association was unwilling to pay for it.[7][unreliable source?] Clay is a former Illinois wrestler for Johnsburg High School.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Guida was successful in his UFC debut, submitting Justin James in the second round at UFC 64.

Guida lost a unanimous decision to Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night: Evans vs. Salmon in his second UFC outing.

Guida garnered attention for his three-round split decision loss to Tyson Griffin at UFC 72.

At UFC 74 Guida rebounded from his two consecutive losses, taking a split decision over PRIDE veteran Marcus Aurélio.

Guida was defeated by Roger Huerta at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale via rear naked choke in the 3rd round after clearly winning the first 2 rounds.

Guida returned to his winning ways at UFC Fight Night 13, where he defeated UFC newcomer Samy Schiavo via TKO at 4:15 of the first round.

In a bout at UFC Fight Night 15, he defeated Mac Danzig via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Guida defeated Ultimate Fighter winner Nate Diaz via split decision at UFC 94.

His next fight was against Diego Sanchez, at The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale which he lost by split decision. The fight had a frantic pace in which Guida weathered a ferocious striking offensive from Sanchez, with a seemingly endless barrage of punches and a brutal headkick which dropped Guida in the first round. This bout went on to win Fight of the Night honors. The fight would later make #13 on the "100 Greatest UFC fights" list.

Despite his status as an up-and-coming UFC fighter he was not included in the UFC 2009 Undisputed video game due to technical issues caused by his long hair. He was even offered $10,000[8] by Dana White to cut it, but he refused.

On December 12, 2009 he fought Kenny Florian at UFC 107. In the second round of a bloody fight, Guida was dropped by a right hand and lost via rear naked choke.

Guida was expected to face Sean Sherk on March 21, 2010 at UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones,[9] but Sherk was forced off the card with an injury. Shannon Gugerty stepped up to become Guida's new opponent on the preliminary section of the event.[10] At UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones Guida defeated Shannon Gugerty at 3:40 of round 2 by way of arm-triangle choke, ending Guida's two fight losing streak along with winning his first UFC Submission of the Night award.

Guida then faced Rafael dos Anjos on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117.[11] Guida appeared to injure the jaw of dos Anjos in the first round with a hook and would go on to defeat dos Anjos by submission (jaw injury) after dos Anjos tapped from the pressure being applied to his jaw while Guida had head-and-arm control.[12]

Guida defeated Takanori Gomi on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125 by submission due to a guillotine choke in round 2, his third consecutive submission victory which also earned him Submission of the Night honors.

Guida next defeated former #1 lightweight contender Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.[13]

Guida faced Benson Henderson on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1.[14] Guida lost a hard fought decision after three rounds in what was Guida's last exciting back and forth fight that earned both fighters Fight of the Night honors.

Guida faced Gray Maynard on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4.[15] Guida lost to Maynard via split decision. During the post-fight press conference, Guida drew much criticism for his non-combatant, elusive and frustrating game plan. When asked by reporters how he thought he did, Guida said he was "happy with his performance". Dana White wholeheartedly disagreed, calling the fight "boring" and said "the fight sucked". White also told Guida that his UFC career is over if he continues to fight in such a manner.[16]

For his next fight, Guida moved down to the featherweight division and faced Hatsu Hioki on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson.[17] Despite being outstruck by Hioki for the majority of the fight, Guida was able to take Hioki down multiple times using a strong top game and avoid Hioki's submission attempts from the bottom. Guida defeated Hioki via split decision.[18]

Guida was expected to face Chad Mendes on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[19] However it was revealed on March 15 that Guida had pulled out of the bout citing an injury.[20]

A rescheduled bout with Mendes took place on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164.[21] After a close first and second round, Guida was defeated by Mendes via TKO by punches, marking the first time ever in his career that he was finished by strikes.

Sponsorship[edit]

Clay Guida starred in a National commercial for SafeAuto Insurance. The commercial was filmed in Columbus, Ohio in April 2011. Guida is one of several fighters who represents the SafeAuto Fight Team.

Guida is managed by VFD Sports Marketing, a sports marketing company that focuses on UFC athletes.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss30–14Chad MendesTKO (punches)UFC 164August 31, 201330:30Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win30–13Hatsu HiokiDecision (split)UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. DodsonJanuary 26, 201335:00Chicago, Illinois, United StatesFeatherweight debut.
Loss29–13Gray MaynardDecision (split)UFC on FX: Maynard vs. GuidaJune 22, 201255:00Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss29–12Benson HendersonDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos SantosNovember 12, 201135:00Anaheim, California, United StatesUFC Lightweight title eliminator; Fight of the Night.
Win29–11Anthony PettisDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter 13 FinaleJune 4, 201135:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win28–11Takanori GomiSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC 125January 1, 201124:27Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesSubmission of the Night.
Win27–11Rafael dos AnjosSubmission (jaw injury)UFC 117August 7, 201031:51Oakland, California, United States
Win26–11Shannon GugertySubmission (arm triangle choke)UFC Live: Vera vs. JonesMarch 21, 201023:40Broomfield, Colorado, United StatesSubmission of the Night.
Loss25–11Kenny FlorianSubmission (rear naked choke)UFC 107December 12, 200922:19Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Loss25–10Diego SanchezDecision (split)The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom FinaleJune 20, 200935:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night. Fight of the Year (2009).
Win25–9Nate DiazDecision (split)UFC 94January 31, 200935:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win24–9Mac DanzigDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs NeerSeptember 17, 200835:00Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win23–9Samy SchiavoTKO (strikes)UFC Fight Night: Florian vs LauzonApril 2, 200814:15Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss22–9Roger HuertaSubmission (rear naked choke)The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra FinaleDecember 8, 200730:51Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night. Fight of the Year (2007).
Win22–8Marcus AurélioDecision (split)UFC 74August 25, 200735:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss21–8Tyson GriffinDecision (split)UFC 72June 16, 200735:00Belfast, Northern IrelandFight of the Night.
Loss21–7Din ThomasDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Evans vs SalmonJanuary 25, 200735:00Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win21–6Justin JamesSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 64October 14, 200624:42Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesSubmission of the Night.
Win20–6Joe MartinDecision (unanimous)WEC 23August 17, 200635:00Lemoore, California, United States
Loss19–6Yusuke EndoSubmission (armbar)Shooto 2006: 7/21 in Korakuen HallJuly 21, 200612:47Tokyo, Japan
Loss19–5Gilbert MelendezDecision (split)Strikeforce: RevengeJune 9, 200655:00San Jose, California, United StatesLost Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
Win19–4Josh ThomsonDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. GracieMarch 10, 200655:00San Jose, California, United StatesWon Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
Loss18–4Tristan YunkerSubmission (rear-naked choke)KOTC: Redemption on the RiverFebruary 17, 200611:17Moline, Illinois, United States
Win18–3Joe JordanDecision (unanimous)Xtreme Fighting Organization 8December 10, 200535:00Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win17–3Jeff CarstenTKO (injury)IHC 9: PurgatoryNovember 19, 200513:01Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win16–3Dave CochranSubmission (rear naked choke)KOTC: Xtreme EdgeSeptember 17, 200512:26Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win15–3John StrawnSubmission (choke)Xtreme Fighting Organization 7August 27, 200523:12Island Lake, Illinois, United States
Win14–3Jay EstradaSubmission (rear naked choke)Combat Do Fighting Challenge 4August 13, 200513:42Illinois, United States
Win13–3Bart PalaszewskiDecision (unanimous)XFO 6: Judgement DayJune 25, 200535:00Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win12–3Alonzo MartinezSubmission (choke)XKK: Des MoinesMay 20, 20053N/ADes Moines, Iowa, United States
Win11–3Chris MickleDecisionXKK: Des MoinesMay 20, 200535:00Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win10–3Alex CarterSubmissionCombat Do Fighting Challenge 3May 14, 200512:54Illinois, United States
Win9–3Brandon AdamsonSubmission (rear naked choke)Xtreme Fighting Organization 5March 19, 200513:02Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win8–3Billy GuardiolaSubmission (ankle lock)Combat Do Fighting Challenge 2February 5, 20051N/AIllinois, United States
Win7–3Dennis DavisKOMMA Mexico Day 2December 18, 20041N/ACiudad Juárez, Mexico
Win6–3Vito WoodsSubmission (guillotine choke)Xtreme Fighting Organization 4December 3, 200421:19McHenry, Illinois, United States
Win5–3Randy HauerTKOExtreme Challenge 60November 12, 200412:25Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win4–3Billy GuardiolaSubmission (ankle lock)Combat Do Fighting Challenge 1October 23, 20041N/ACicero, Illinois, United States
Loss3–3Gabe LemleySubmission (armbar)XFO 2: New BloodJune 26, 200420:33Fontana, Wisconsin, United States
Win3–2Jed DenoSubmission (choke)UCS 2: Battle at the BarnMay 1, 200413:35Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Win2–2Shawn NolanN/AXKK: Clash in Curtiss 5April 3, 2004N/AN/ACurtiss, Wisconsin, United States
Loss1–2Dan DukeN/AXKK: Clash in Curtiss 5April 3, 2004N/AN/ACurtiss, Wisconsin, United States
Win1–1Adam BassSubmission (rear naked choke)XFO 1: The KickoffMarch 14, 200412:53Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, United States
Loss0–1Adam CopenhaverSubmission (rear naked choke)Silverback Classic 17July 26, 20031N/AOttawa, Illinois, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=12221&zoneid=13
  2. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. March 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Mike Sloan. "Guida: Trawling for a Title Shot". 
  4. ^ Joseph Lisnow (February 21, 2013). "Clay Guida Criticized By Dana White". fightline.com. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1018818/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ql_1
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1625568/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
  7. ^ "jumbotron video". 
  8. ^ Maggie Hendricks. "Clay Guida answers your questions on energy, music and haircuts". 
  9. ^ "Source: Sherk vs. Guida in works for March UFC Fight Night card in Denver". nwi.com/mma. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  10. ^ "Sherk scratched; Gugerty to face Guida at UFC on Versus 1 in March". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  11. ^ "Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos Set for UFC 117 on August 7 in Oakland". mmafrenzy.com. 2010-05-10. 
  12. ^ "UFC 117 main card recap, miracle submission saves champ Anderson Silva". mmajunkie.com. August 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Anthony Pettis vs. Clay Guida set, tapped The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale headliner". mmajunkie.com. January 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson in the works for UFC on FOX 1". mmajunkie.com. 2011-09-06. 
  15. ^ "Guida vs. Maynard headlines UFC on FX 4". mmajunkie.com. March 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Dana White tells Guida: This isn't Dancing with the Stars". ESPN. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Clay Guida-Hatsu Hioki added to UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago". mmajunkie.com. November 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ "UFC on FOX 6 play by play and live results". mmajunkie.com. January 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ Dann Stupp (February 12, 2013). "Chad Mendes meets Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 7". mmajunkie.com. 
  20. ^ Greg Savage (2013-03-15). "Clay Guida Injured, Out of Chad Mendes Fight at UFC on Fox 7". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  21. ^ Mookie Alexander (2013-05-22). "Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida targeted for UFC 164". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  22. ^ "Clay Guida is the Fan's Choice for the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award for UFC 117". 
  23. ^ UFC 125: Clay Guida talks fighting Takanori Gomi & wins Tequila Cazadores Spirit Award Video - Interviews MMA Video Details

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Achievements
New championship1st Strikeforce Lightweight Champion
March 10, 2006 – June 9, 2006
Succeeded by
Gilbert Melendez