In February of 2010, Fathead, the world’s leading brand in officially licensed graphic products, announced a deal to produce life-sized wall images of UFC athletes. On Saturday night at “The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale,” Clay Guida’s cardboard cutout served as an integral member of his entourage.
Although Guida’s Fathead accompanied the lightweight to the cage, and celebrated with him inside the Octagon after his lopsided unanimous decision victory over Anthony Pettis, it appears his billboard may have been an unwelcomed tagalong.
“Yeah, I’m gonna stay away from that question for now,” Guida told 5thRound when asked of being the first UFC fighter to have a Fathead as part of his posse.
On June 1st, Guida posted the following on his Twitter account, “Want a chance to win a brand new @ufc @Fathead?? Including one of me!! @clayguida?? Check it out here!!”
On that note, the conversation quickly turned to Momma and Poppa Guida, a pair of lifelong supporters that are always welcomed at “The Carpenter’s” scraps.
“I try to get them to most of the UFC fights,” Guida shared. “I remember they weren’t in Ireland [for UFC 72 against Tyson Griffin], I didn’t have the money to get them out there yet. I think when I fought Din Thomas [at UFC Fight Night 8] I couldn’t get them out there.
“So the more wins we get, the more the parents are gonna be there. They’re the reason I’m here doing this interview today.”
From a superstition standpoint, there’s great incentive for Guida to bring his cheering section along to his fights. He dropped decision losses both times his parents weren’t in attendance.
While a 9-3 UFC record with his folks in the stands is impressive, Guida is currently undefeated with his Fathead in his corner.
Here’s a picture of Guida’s infamous Fathead at the post-fight press conference (Poppa Guida was standing guard):