UFC featherweight Chad Mendes has been on a tear since falling to champion Jose Aldo in early 2012, racking up three first-frame knockouts in the span since. However, he’ll face one of the biggest challenges of his career in a matter of weeks when he collides with Clay Guida at UFC 164.
With an overall record of 30-13, Guida is as seasoned as they come at 145 pounds, has never been stopped with strikes, and owns a number of impressive wins from his time at a lightweight including those over Nate Diaz, Takanori Gomi, and Anthony Pettis. As such, despite the 14-1 Mendes’ momentum entering the match-up, Guida believes he’ll give “Money” all he can handle and more when the cage door closes.
“He’s gonna see what a real test is come August 31,” stressed Guida in an interview with the UFC.
“He hasn’t been in there with someone as intense, that it is just gonna bring it. I’ve been in there with the best,” he continued. “He’s never been in there with an animal like myself. He’s never seen the tenacity, he’s never seen the drive; he’s never seen anyone who wants it more than myself. The best is yet to come.”
Guida is especially motivated for the meeting based on the possibility of inserting himself into the discussion for top contendership with a solid showing against Mendes.
“He’s where I wanna be. He’s been in a title-fight. I’ve been doing this a long time. I’m ready to get in there and get my chance,” explained Guida.
Fans can catch Guida-Mendes on the PPV portion of UFC 164. The bout will mark Guida’s second since dropping down to featherweight, picking up a Split Decision nod over Hatsu Hioki in his initial effort.
The full feature with Guida (including comments from Mendes) can be seen below: