With his first featherweight win officially secured, albeit in somewhat controversial fashion, UFC fighter Clay Guida is ready to make a march towards status as a top contender. Guida picked up a Split Decision victory over Hatsu Hioki last weekend at UFC on FOX 6, snapping a two-fight slide sending him down to 145 pounds after a relatively successful career at lightweight.
Though Guida would be the first to admit his victory over Hioki wasn’t the most impressive of his career, the 31-year old fan-favorite is happy to have beaten an opponent who at one point was in line for a crack at the championship. And, with a triumph over a ranked opponent under his belt, Guida feels it won’t be long before he too is sniffing a title-shot.
“Hatsu Hioki is one of those guys, you’re not going to dominate him. I watched Ricardo Lamas’ fight with him, and that was the fight I used to pretty much get ready for it. He’s one of those fighters who makes you not look very good,” said Guida to MMAJunkie after the bout, admitting he also needs to improve if hoping to be considered one of the division’s best. “I have a lot to work on, and I’ll be right back in the gym and I feel great in the featherweight division. I look forward to keep turning heads and making a run at it.”
“We’re going to move forward, and there’s a couple guys in front of me that I’d like to get at to climb the ladder quickly,” Guida concluded.
Featherweight king Jose Aldo is scheduled to put his gold up for grabs this coming Saturday night at UFC 156 against Frankie Edgar. The winner is then expected to face Ricardo Lamas unless a rematch is booked, meaning Guida will need to win at least two more tilts to get an opportunity of his own. However, considering his past success, it’s hard to doubt the likelihood of such happening. Guida holds an overall record of 30-13 with impressive wins in the past over the likes of Nate Diaz, Takanori Gomi, and Anthony Pettis.
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