It’s official: Clay Guida is considered by pretty much everyone as an extremely skilled fighter who just can’t seem to land the wins. MMA Mania has an interview up with him and it has the embarassing title of “Clay Guida: Staying Positive!”, which is the equivalent of “Tim Sylvia: Glass half full!” or “Din Thomas: Break a leg!”. But what many people may not know about Clay Guida is that he’s a hella small lightweight who could easily be fighting at 145:
Adam Wagner (MMAmania.com): Have you ever fought lower than 155?
Clay Guida: No, you know what, when I first started fighting, every once in a while in an amateur fight, I’d do a couple of catch-weights, like at 160, 165. I didn’t think that I would be fighting professionally for a living or whatever. And yeah, I haven’t gone below 155, but you know, I’d love to get that belt at 155 in the next year or so, and maybe move on from there.
I wrestled 149 in college, and I didn’t know my body as well then as I do now, but 145 might be something in the future, but a ways down the road, though. I want to concentrate on that lightweight title in the UFC first.
The main problem with a drop down to 145 is that means you’re stuck with the WEC, who are still only running a few shows a year with a pretty thin featherweight division. At this point, if you move down and lose to Urijah Faber, you’re pretty much fucked exposure wise. So while on one hand I really wish Clay would move down to even the playing field, I’d rather keep him fighting in the UFC for selfish reasons.
At least it’s good to know that Zuffa would most likely push Clay into the WEC rather than drop him from the roster if he loses a few more times. Although no matter where he ends up, I would still recommend you avoid betting on him.