Chad Mendes versus Clay Guida for UFC on Fox 7

UFC on Fox 7 is set to happen on April 20, 2013 and as Chad “Money” Mendes received news that Manny Gamburyan is unavailable to fight due to injury, UFC reveals that he will instead face Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. The event will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, USA. The Mendes versus Guida match will be a co headliner to champ Benson Henderson as he fights Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.

Mendes is fresh from his win over Yaotzin Meza at UFC on FX 6 in December 2012. He KO Meza with a terrible punch that kept the fighter stunned in less than two minutes of round one. Prior to Meza, he also KO’d Cody McKenzie at UFC 148 Silva versus Sonnen 2 in July 2012 in just 31 seconds of round one. “Money” enjoys a fantastic professional record of 13 wins and only 1 loss. The 27 year old is a featherweight from Hanford, California.

Clay “The Carpenter” Guida on the other hand is a 31 year old fighter from Round Lake, Illinois. He holds a 30 win and 13 loss professional record. His last fight was a split decision win over Hatsu Hioki at UFC on Fox 6 – Johnson versus Dodson in January 2013. Before his win however, he suffered two back to back losses. The first one was against Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 1- Velasquez versus Dos Santos in November 2011 and the most recent one was with Gray Maynard via split decision headline fight in June 2012. Guida is one of a few fighters that have made it big at MMA. He has been a professional fighter for a decade now and has been able to defeat amazing fighters like Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis, Takanori Gomi, Rafael dos Anjos and many more at UFC. He has also fought great athletes in Strikeforce, WEC, XFO and at XKK at the beginning of his professional career.

UFC on Fox 7: Henderson versus Melendez will also feature fighters like Daniel Cormier versus Frank Mir, Matt Brown versus Dan Hardy, Nate Diaz versus Josh Thomson, Yoel Romero versus Clifford Starks, Myles Jury versus Ramsey Nijem, Norman Parke versus Jon Tuck, Jorge Masvidal versus Tim Means, Roger Bowling versus Anthony Njokuani and Francis Carmont versus Lorenz Larkin. More updates for UFC on Fox 7 will soon be announced by UFC officials.

UFC on Fox 6 Fighters Update

Lineup for the January 26, 2013 UFC on Fox 6 has been released and the fighters that will meet their match are former Sengoku champion Hatsu Hioki against Clay Guida. Guida is new to the featherweight division at UFC and Hioki is set to welcome him with a bang.

Heavyweights Mike Russow and Shawn Jordan will also meet each other in the Octagon on January 26, 2013 at Chicago’s United Center. Other impressive fighters that are set for the 6th installment of UFC on Fox are Ricardo Lamas and Erik Koch which were initially slated for UFC 155. Other fighters that will meet each other for the first time are Quinton Jackson versus Glover Teixeria and Matt Wiman versus T.J. Grant.

Hatsu Hioki is a 29 year old fighter from Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. He is a featherweight with 26 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws in his professional career. He suffered a recent loss lately under the hands of Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FX4 in June, 2012 via unanimous decision but before this defeat he had six consecutive victories from impressive fighters like Bart PalaszewskiGeorge Roop, Donald Sanchez and Marlon Sandro to name a few.

Hioki’s opponent is Clay “The Carpenter” Guida is a 30 year old fighter from Round Lake, Illinois, United States. He is a lightweight fighter with 29 wins and 13 losses in his professional career. He recently suffered two consecutive losses lately from Benson Henderson on UFC on Fox 1 via unanimous decision and Gray Maynard on UFC on FX 4 via split decision. Before his defeat against Henderson he suffered four consecutive wins from great fighters like Anthony Pettis, Takanori GomiRafael dos Anjos and Shannon Gugerty.

On the other hand Shawn “The Savage” Jordan is a 28 year old heavyweight from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. He has 13 wins and 4 losses in his career with is recent fight a loss from Cheick Kongo at UFC 149 in July 21 via unanimous decision. His career has seen the likes of Oli Thompson, Lavar Johnson, Kendrick Watkins and John Hill to name a few.

Mike Russow, Jordan’s opponent is a heavyweight from Chicago, Illinois, United States. He has 15 wins, 2 losses and 1 no contest in his professional career and his latest fight was a defeat against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 147 in June, 2012.



UFC Lightweight Clay Guida Plans to Drop to 145 Pounds

Clay Guida’s career is said to be coming to a close. VFD Sports Marketing, the fighter’s representative has announced last Friday that Clay “The Carpenter” Guida will be dropping down to featherweight division for his next appearance on the ring. The management of VFD has announced this surprising news but has not announced a specific date for Guida’s featherweight debut yet.

Guida however has released an official statement: “It will be nice to finally be one of the bigger guys in the cage” he added “I don’t cut weight at 155 and making 145 will be no problem for me. My fans will get to see ‘The Dude’ put some royal beatings on everyone in the division. I will not be satisfied until the featherweight belt is mine.”

“The Carpenter” has begun his professional UFC career in 2006 and has been one of the most lucrative fighters in the business. He has competed for UFC for 16 times as a lightweight and has managed to topple prized fighters like Nate Diaz, Takamori Gomi, Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos. Guida has been a Strikeforce lightweight title holder when he was able to clinch the belt from Josh Thomson; but he lost the title via split decision to Gilbert Melendez three months after enjoying the glory at Strikeforce’s “Revenge.”

Clay “The Carpenter” Guida is from Round Lake, Illinois and at the age of 30 has 29 wins and only 13 loses in his career. His last fight was a headliner defeat against Gray Maynard via split decision on UFC on FX 4 in June 2012. Prior to this defeat was another failure and this time was in the hands of Benson Henderson via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 1. His most recent win was against Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision at UFC 13 Finale last June 2011.

Hungry for a win, Clay Guida’s decision is sure to make fans hungry as well as they await the return of their prized champion. Guida’s trainer Greg Jackson on the other hand wanted his fighter to enrage more as he watched the “lackluster fight” that Guida delivered as he lost via split decision to Maynard. He mentions in an interview that he regrets that they could have done things a bit differently and he was also a bit disappointed with his fighter’s performance.