Clayton Charles Guida (born December 8, 1981 in Round Lake, Illinois) is a professional mixed martial arts fighter 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. Clay's older brother Jason Guida also competes in mixed martial arts.
Clay burst on to the mainstream MMA scene in late 2006 with a submission victory over Justin James at UFC 64.
Up until that point, Guida had been working as a carpenter while training and fighting in his spare time, compiling a professional record of 25-11. In spite of "The Carpenter" being his nickname, carpentry was not his only profession, as he also spent time in Alaska on a crab fishing vessel; however, he always harbored an intense interest in MMA.
Clay found his passion for combat sports through wrestling in high school. He carried his interest on to William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois and though he was not as decorated as some of his colleagues, he helped his team to claim a national title.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Guida was defeated by Roger Huerta at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale via rear naked choke in the 3rd round in a closely contested fight. It was believed that going into the third round, Guida was leading on the scorecards having hurt Huerta with a right hand in the second round and getting the better of the takedowns. Following an intense staredown between rounds, Huerta came out with vigour anew and hurt Guida with knees in the clinch, stunning Guida and setting up a submission for a dramatic finish to the fight.
His next fight was against Diego Sanchez, at the 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" honours. 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.
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 had 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.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- 3x Fight of the Night Honors
- 1x Submission of the Night Honors
- Fight of the Year (2009) vs. Diego Sanchez on June 20th
- First Strikeforce Lightweight Champion
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|42||26 wins||11 losses|
|Win||26-11||Shannon Gugerty||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones||2010-03-21||2||3:40||Broomfield, Colorado, US||Won Submission of the Night Honors|
|Loss||25-11||Kenny Florian||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez||2009-12-12||2||2:19||Memphis, Tennessee, US|
|Loss||25-10||Diego Sanchez||Decision (Split)||The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK Finale||2009-06-20||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||25–9||Nate Diaz||Decision (Split)||UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2||2009-01-31||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||24–9||Mac Danzig||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer||2008-09-17||3||5:00||Omaha, Nebraska, US|
|Win||23–9||Samy Schiavo||TKO (Strikes)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon||2008-04-02||1||4:15||Broomfield, Colorado, US|
|Loss||22–9||Roger Huerta||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale||2007-12-08||3||0:51||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||22–8||Marcus Aurelio||Decision (Split)||UFC 74: Respect||2007-08-25||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Loss||21–8||Tyson Griffin||Decision (Split)||UFC 72: Victory||2007-06-16||3||5:00||Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Loss||21–7||Din Thomas||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Salmon||2007-01-25||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, US|
|Win||21–6||Justin James||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 64: Unstoppable||2006-10-14||2||4:42||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||20–6||Joe Martin||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 23: Hot August Fights||2006-08-17||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, US|
|Loss||19–6||Yusuke Endo||Submission (Armbar)||Shooto 2006 – 7/21 in Korakuen Hall||2006-07-21||1||2:47||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||19–5||Gilbert Melendez||Decision (Split)||Strikeforce: Revenge||2006-06-09||5||5:00||San Jose, California, US||Lost Strikeforce Lightweight World Championship|
|Win||19–4||Josh Thomson||Decision (Unanimous)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie||2006-03-10||5||5:00||San Jose, California, US||Won Strikeforce Lightweight World Championship|
|Loss||18–4||Tristan Yunker||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||KOTC – Redemption on the River||2006-02-17||1||1:17||San Jose, California, US|
|Win||18–3||Joe Jordan||Decision (Unanimous)||XFO 8 – Xtreme Fighting Organization 8||2005-12-10||3||5:00||Moline, Illinois, US|
|Win||17–3||Jeff Carsten||TKO (Injury)||IHC 9 – Purgatory||2005-11-19||1||3:01||Hammond, Indiana, US|
|Win||16–3||Dave Cochran||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||KOTC – Xtreme Edge||2005-09-17||1||2:26||Indianapolis, Indiana, US|
|Win||15–3||John Strawn||Submission (Choke)||XFO 7 – Xtreme Fighting Organization 7||2005-08-27||2||3:12||Island Lake, Illinois, US|
|Win||14–3||Jay Estrada||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Combat – Do Fighting Challenge 4||2005-08-13||1||N/A||Illinois, US|
|Win||13–3||Bart Palaszewski||Decision (Unanimous)||XFO 6 – Judgement Day||2005-06-25||3||5:00||Lakemoor, Illinois, US|
|Win||12–3||Alonzo Martinez||Submission (Choke)||XKK – Des Moines||2005-05-20||3||N/A||Des Moines, Iowa, US|
|Win||11–3||Chris Mickle||Decision||XKK – Des Moines||2005-05-20||3||5:00||Des Moines, Iowa, US|
|Win||10–3||Alex Carter||Submission||Combat – Do Fighting Challenge 3||2005-05-14||1||2:54||Illinois, US|
|Win||9–3||Brandon Adamson||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||XFO 5 – Xtreme Fighting Organization 5||2005-03-19||1||3:02||Lakemoor, Illinois, US|
|Win||8–3||Billy Guardiola||Submission (Ankle Lock)||Combat – Do Fighting Challenge 2||2005-02-05||N/A||N/A||Illinois, US|
|Win||7–3||Dennis Davis||KO||MMA Mexico – Day 2||2004-12-18||1||N/A||Ciudad Juárez, Mexico|
|Win||6–3||Vito Woods||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||XFO 4 – Xtreme Fighting Organization 4||2004-12-03||2||1:19||McHenry, Illinois, US|
|Win||5–3||Randy Hauer||TKO||EC 60 – Extreme Challenge 60||2004-11-12||1||2:25||Medina, Minnesota, US|
|Win||4–3||Billy Guardiola||Submission (Ankle Lock)||Combat – Do Fighting Challenge 1||2004-10-23||1||N/A||Cicero, Illinois, US|
|Loss||3–3||Gabe Lemley||Submission (Armbar)||XFO 2 – New Blood||2004-06-26||2||0:33||Fontana, Wisconsin, US|
|Win||3–2||Jed Deno||Submission (Choke)||UCS 2 – Battle at the Barn||2004-05-01||1||3:35||Rochester, Minnesota, US|
|Win||2–2||Shawn Nolan||N/A||XKK – Clash in Curtiss 5||2004-04-03||N/A||N/A||Curtiss, Wisconsin, US|
|Loss||1–2||Dan Duke||N/A||XKK – Clash in Curtiss 5||2004-04-03||N/A||N/A||Curtiss, Wisconsin, US|
|Win||1–1||Adam Bass||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||XFO 1 – The Kickoff||2004-03-14||1||N/A||Lake Geneva, Illinois, US|
|Loss||0–1||Adam Copenhaver||Submission (Choke)||SC 17 – Silverback Classic 17||2003-07-26||1||N/A|| Ottawa, Illinois, US