Hair Raising "TUF" Killer

Written by Tom Ngo
January 30th, 2009

Clay Guida is fresh off of a victory over “The Ultimate Fighter 6” winner Mac Danzig in his last Octagon appearance, and he will look to take down “TUF 5” winner Nate Diaz this weekend at UFC 94. With another win on Saturday, we might need to  change this hair raising 155-pounder’s nickname from “The Carpenter” to “TUF Killer.” 

Although Guida only holds a 4-3 record in the UFC, he is clearly one of the organization’s most popular and exciting fighters. Even though he just signed a four-fight contract extension with the largest MMA promotion in the world, he knows that he has never had a fight bigger than the one on Saturday.

“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…it’s a great opportunity to showcase my skills.”

Guida isn’t too concerned about becoming the gatekeeper that validates all former “TUF” winners. He knows that you have to earn your keep inside of the Octagon, so whether you face the champion or a newcomer, impressive wins are the only things that matter.

“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…”

Diaz, the Cesar Gracie trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter, will be one of the craftiest ground opponents that he has ever faced. However, he knows his skills don’t stop there as Diaz has improved his overall MMA game.

“He’s very well rounded, he’s got pretty good stand-up. He’s very slick on the ground,” Guida stated. “Has he been through the fire? I don’t think so. Have I? Many times. He’s a game opponent.”

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