One of the UFC’s most exciting fighters is set to enter the Octagon tonight at UFC Fight Night 15. Clay Guida will be facing “The Ultimate Fighter”season 6 champion Mac Danzig as the co-main event of the night. Although Guida holds a 3-3 record in the UFC, two of those losses have come at the hands of top contenders Tyson Griffin and Roger Huerta. No matter what the outcome of his fights may be, one thing is for sure. They are sure to be hair raising.
“It speaks for itself; it’s not a great record,” Guida told MMAWeekly.com. “People who have seen me fight know that my fights speak for themselves. I’m out here to show people that I’m not just a scrappy wrestler with cardio. I’m a well rounded mixed martial artist. I can strike. I can fight off of my back. I can do it all. I’ve changed the core of my training in the past six months and a lot of people are going to be really excited to see.”
That is saying a lot considering fans were already excited to see his old style. Guida will be taking his new and improved MMA skills into the cage against a crafty veteran who will have a decent size advantage against him.
“I feel it’s the most important fight of my career at this time,” said the 26-year old. “Obviously every fight is more important than the last; with an opponent like Mac, it’s a great opportunity to showcase my skills.”
Guida will have to be at his best because Danzig has shown great all-around skills, particularly in his first bout off of winning his season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Danzig submitted a game Mark Bocek at UFC 83.
“There is no easy road in the UFC,” Guida added. “Some people get thrown to the wolves; some people get their opponents hand picked. He’s got a lot of hype coming into this fight after a big win over Mark Bocek, but I’m going to rain on his parade [tonight].”
Guida is hoping that his experience in competing against big names on a big stage will pay dividends. He knows that no matter what Danzig has accomplished in the past, he hasn’t faced anyone that can bring the furry like he can, and he intends to test the former TUF contestant.
“He’s very well rounded, he’s got pretty good stand-up. He’s very slick on the ground; he’s submitted a lot of his opponents with a rear naked choke,” Guida stated. “Has he been through the fire? I don’t think so. Have I? Many times. He’s a game opponent.”
And we all know that Guida is more than game.