- Clay Guida
Clay Guida Born Clayton Guida
December 8, 1981
Round Lake, Illinois, United States
Other names The Carpenter, The Dancer Nationality American Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Weight 156 lb (70.8 kg; 11.1 st) Division Lightweight (155 lb) Reach 69 in (175 cm) Fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico by way of Johnsburg, Illinois Team Jackson's Submission Fighting Mixed martial arts record Total 41 Wins 29 By knockout 5 By submission 15 By decision 9 Losses 12 By submission 6 By decision 6 Other information University William Rainey Harper College Notable relatives Jason Guida (brother) Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog last updated on: October 11, 2011
Clayton Charles Guida (pronounced /ˈɡwiːdə/; born December 8, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist and currently fighting in the UFC as a lightweight. Guida was the first Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and held the title until being defeated by Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce: Revenge. As of October 2011, Guida is ranked as the #8 lightweight fighter in the world by Sherdog and #6 lightweight by MMAWeekly.com.
Guida first became known with a submission victory over Justin James at UFC 64.
Up until that point, Guida had been working as a carpenter (leading to his nickname, "The Carpenter") while training and fighting in his spare time, compiling a professional record of 20-3.
2011 Illinois State Wrestling Championships
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 not able to pay for it.[unreliable source?] Clay is a former Illinois wrestler for Johnsburg High School.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Guida's recent bouts include UFC Fight Night 13 where Guida defeated Samy Schiavo via TKO at 4:15 of round 1.
In a bout at UFC Fight Night 15, he defeated Mac Danzig via unanimous decision.
Guida defeated Nate Diaz via split decision at UFC 94.
His next fight was against Diego Sanchez, at The Ultimate Fighter 9 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 fight 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 by Dana White to cut it, but he refused.
On December 12, 2009 he fought Kenny Florian at UFC 107. In the second round, after being dropped with a hard right hand, Guida would lose the fight by submission (rear naked choke).
Guida was expected to face Sean Sherk on March 21, 2010 at UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones, 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. 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. 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 arm-and-head control.
Guida defeated Takanori Gomi on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125 by Guillotine Choke at 4:27 of Round 2 - his third consecutive submission victory - which also earned him Submission of the Night honors.
Guida then faced recently #1 lightweight contender Anthony Pettis whom he defeated by unanimous decision on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.
Guida faced Ben Henderson on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1. Guida lost a hard fought decision after three rounds in an exciting back and forth fight that earned both fighters Fight of the Night honors.
Clay Guida will be starring 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.
Championships and accomplishments
- Strikeforce Lightweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Submission of the Night (Two times)
- Fight of the Night (Five times)
- Fight Magazine
- Fight of the Year VS. Roger Huerta (2007)
- World MMA Awards
- Fight of the Year VS. Diego Sanchez (2009)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Fight of the Year (2009) vs. Diego Sanchez on June 20
- Tequila CAZADORES® Spirit Award
Mixed martial arts record
Professional record breakdown 41 matches 29 wins 12 losses By knockout 5 0 By submission 15 6 By decision 9 6 Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes Loss 29–12 Ben Henderson Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos November 12, 2011 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States UFC Lightweight title eliminator; Fight of the Night. Win 29–11 Anthony Pettis Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale June 4, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 28–11 Takanori Gomi Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 125 January 1, 2011 2 4:27 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won Submission of the Night Win 27–11 Rafael dos Anjos Submission (jaw injury) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 3 1:51 Oakland, California, United States Win 26–11 Shannon Gugerty Submission (arm triangle choke) UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones March 21, 2010 2 3:40 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Won Submission of the Night Loss 25–11 Kenny Florian Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 107 December 12, 2009 2 2:19 Memphis, Tennessee, United States Loss 25–10 Diego Sanchez Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale June 20, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won Fight of the Night; Fight of the Year Win 25–9 Nate Diaz Decision (split) UFC 94 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won Fight of the Night Win 24–9 Mac Danzig Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer September 17, 2008 3 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Win 23–9 Samy Schiavo TKO (strikes) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon April 2, 2008 1 4:15 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Loss 22–9 Roger Huerta Submission (rear naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra Finale December 8, 2007 3 0:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won Fight of the Night Win 22–8 Marcus Aurelio Decision (split) UFC 74 August 25, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Loss 21–8 Tyson Griffin Decision (split) UFC 72 June 16, 2007 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland Won Fight of the Night; Fight of the Year Loss 21–7 Din Thomas Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Salmon January 25, 2007 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Win 21–6 Justin James Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 64 October 14, 2006 2 4:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 20–6 Joe Martin Decision (unanimous) WEC 23 August 17, 2006 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Loss 19–6 Yusuke Endo Submission (Armbar) Shooto 2006: 7/21 in Korakuen Hall July 21, 2006 1 2:47 Tokyo, Japan Loss 19–5 Gilbert Melendez Decision (split) Strikeforce: Revenge June 9, 2006 5 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Lost Strikeforce Lightweight Championship Win 19–4 Josh Thomson Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie March 10, 2006 5 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Won Strikeforce Lightweight Championship Loss 18–4 Tristan Yunker Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) KOTC: Redemption on the River February 17, 2006 1 1:17 Moline, Illinois, United States Win 18–3 Joe Jordan Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Fighting Organization 8 December 10, 2005 3 5:00 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States Win 17–3 Jeff Carsten TKO (injury) IHC 9: Purgatory November 19, 2005 1 3:01 Hammond, Indiana, United States Win 16–3 Dave Cochran Submission (rear naked choke) KOTC: Xtreme Edge September 17, 2005 1 2:26 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Win 15–3 John Strawn Submission (choke) Xtreme Fighting Organization 7 August 27, 2005 2 3:12 Island Lake, Illinois, United States Win 14–3 Jay Estrada Submission (rear naked choke) Combat Do Fighting Challenge 4 August 13, 2005 1 3:42 Illinois, United States Win 13–3 Bart Palaszewski Decision (unanimous) XFO 6: Judgement Day June 25, 2005 3 5:00 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States Win 12–3 Alonzo Martinez Submission (choke) XKK: Des Moines May 20, 2005 3 N/A Des Moines, Iowa, United States Win 11–3 Chris Mickle Decision XKK: Des Moines May 20, 2005 3 5:00 Des Moines, Iowa, United States Win 10–3 Alex Carter Submission Combat Do Fighting Challenge 3 May 14, 2005 1 2:54 Illinois, United States Win 9–3 Brandon Adamson Submission (rear naked choke) Xtreme Fighting Organization 5 March 19, 2005 1 3:02 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States Win 8–3 Billy Guardiola Submission (ankle lock) Combat Do Fighting Challenge 2 February 5, 2005 1 N/A Illinois, United States Win 7–3 Dennis Davis KO MMA Mexico Day 2 December 18, 2004 1 N/A Ciudad Juárez, Mexico Win 6–3 Vito Woods Submission (guillotine choke) Xtreme Fighting Organization 4 December 3, 2004 2 1:19 McHenry, Illinois, United States Win 5–3 Randy Hauer TKO Extreme Challenge 60 November 12, 2004 1 2:25 Medina, Minnesota, United States Win 4–3 Billy Guardiola Submission (ankle lock) Combat Do Fighting Challenge 1 October 23, 2004 1 N/A Cicero, Illinois, United States Loss 3–3 Gabe Lemley Submission (armbar) XFO 2: New Blood June 26, 2004 2 0:33 Fontana, Wisconsin, United States Win 3–2 Jed Deno Submission (choke) UCS 2: Battle at the Barn May 1, 2004 1 3:35 Rochester, Minnesota, United States Win 2–2 Shawn Nolan KO (strikes) XKK: Clash in Curtiss 5 April 3, 2004 N/A N/A Curtiss, Wisconsin, United States Loss 1–2 Dan Duke N/A XKK: Clash in Curtiss 5 April 3, 2004 N/A N/A Curtiss, Wisconsin, United States Win 1–1 Adam Bass Submission (rear naked choke) XFO 1: The Kickoff March 14, 2004 1 2:53 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, United States Loss 0–1 Adam Copenhaver Submission (rear naked choke) Silverback Classic 17 July 26, 2003 1 N/A Ottawa, Illinois, United States
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- ^ UFC 125: Clay Guida talks fighting Takanori Gomi & wins Tequila Cazadores Spirit Award Video - Interviews MMA Video Details
- Clay Guida's official website
- Official UFC profile
- Go Time for Guida
- Professional MMA record for Clay Guida from Sherdog
Achievements New championship 1st Strikeforce Lightweight Champion
March 10, 2006 – June 9, 2006
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