Clay “The Carpenter” Guida, arguably one of the most beloved stars in MMA and UFC today, and an example of what a humble human being should be. A fighter that’s never succumbed to the fight-hype, smack-talking game, and an athlete that is yet to give a poor show for the fans. As cruel and vicious as the MMA blogosphere is, there is just not much hating on Guida going on, period.
A veteran of 41 fights, 15 of those inside the UFC Octagon, and 20 of his 29 wins coming by way of stoppage. Guida, with a peculiar spring in his step, his trademark crazy hair, relentless pace inside the cage, and his charismatic persona, has definitely become a fan favorite for the ages. But, like UFC President Dana White says, “you are in this to be a champion,” and that’s a possibility that has slipped through Guida’s finger in more than one occasion.
This next Friday, “The Carpenter” will attempt to start another title run inside the UFC. Guida has had two notable winning streaks since his debut with the company at UFC 64. Clay didn’t actually have the best start in the UFC. He went 2-3 in his first five fights with the company with losses to Din Thomas, Tyson Griffin, and Roger Huerta.
Guida snapped his losing ways after the loss to Huerta and amassed a three-fight winning streak until a Diego Sanchez came along. Diego defeated Guida via split decision in what became Fight of the Night at TUF: USA Vs. UK finale, and when on to claim the title of Fight of The Year 2009. Sanchez went on to face B.J. Penn for the divisional title, Guida was sent back to start over again. His first title eliminator bout silently slipped away from his hands.
Guida also then lost to Kenny Florian via rear naked choke at UFC 107 before putting together another string of wins, the last being a party-pooping, UFC welcome of the last WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis. Guida went on to face the man that lost that last WEC title to Pettis, Ben Henderson, in another title eliminator bout for the UFC lightweight title, and once again Guida sees his chances of UFC gold slide away from him with another decision loss.
Now “The Carpenter” is set to face another man who is no stranger to falling short in title fights, Gray “The Bully” Maynard, who is coming off a knockout loss and a controversial tie against former UFC champion, Frankie Edgar.
One thing is for sure, Guida needs no title belts around his waist to have the fans on his side. Clay Guida will continue to be one of MMA’s most beloved characters in the history of the sport regardless of if he wins a title or not. But, will he? Do you think Clay Guida has it in him to make another successful title run? Will he fall short at another eliminator bout?
Guess we will have to wait until UFC on FOX this Friday, June 22 to find out. Who do you think takes the cake between Gray Maynard and Clay Guida?
Third time’s the charm they say! We at The MMA Truth wish Clay Guida the best of the best, in and out of the Octagon.
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Originally posted at The MMA Truth.