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"The Carpenter"

31-15-0

Clay Guida

Clay "The Carpenter" Guida

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  • Given Name: Clayton Charles Guida
  • Professional MMA Record: 31-15-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Carpenter
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 32 | Date of Birth: 1981.12.08
  • Last Fight: July 26, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Jackson's MMA
  • Height: 5'7" (171cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $856,000 USD
  • Born: Round Lake, Illinois, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • Head Coach: Greg Jackson
  • Other Coaches: N/A

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Since making his professional MMA debut in 2003, Clay Guida has kept up an exceedingly busy fight schedule, often competing more than five times per year and boasting a professional record of close to forty fights. While he found early success with his wrestling and submission ability, which propelled him to wins over Bart Palaszewski and Josh Thomson, whom he took the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship from, Guida has evolved into a well rounded lightweight since debuting for the UFC in 2006. During his stay with the UFC, Guida has defeated some of the best lightweights in the world, including Marcus Aurelio, Mac Danzig, and Nate Diaz, and he has won more Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night honors than most fighters will ever be involved with.


Although he has come up short against some of the top fighters in his division—such as Kenny Florian, Diego Sanchez, Tyson Griffin, and Roger Huerta—Guida remains a mainstay near the top of the UFC lightweight division due almost exclusively to his sheer aggression, endless gas tank, and grappling prowess. It is safe to say most fighters do not look forward to a fight with Clay Guida. The classic image of Guida is in the midst of frenzied combat, biting down on his mouthpiece, his trademark tangle of hair soaked with sweat and hanging in his eyes while he works for another win with relentless wrestling and Ground-and-Pound. Guida utilizes his suffocating top game to both frustrate and wear out his opponents before attempting to grind out a decision or search for a submission late in the fight. Above all, it is clear from watching Clay Guida that he simply loves to fight.

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Clay Guida MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:57 Round 2 of 3, 7:57 Total

Dennis Bermudez
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2014.07.26
Odds: +160 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Pepper - Stand and Fall
UFC on FOX 12 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tatsuya Kawajiri
Ref: Marc Goddard

UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira vs. Nelson
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2014.04.11
Odds: -140 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
#29 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC Fight Night 39 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:30 Round 3 of 3, 10:30 Total

Chad Mendes
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.08.31
Odds: +400 Heavy Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $44,000 Base | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Black Sabbath - War Pigs
#34 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC 164 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Chad Mendes UFC on FOX 7 2013.04.20
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Hatsu Hioki
Ref: Robert Madrigal

UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.01.26
Odds: -250 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Gray Maynard
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC on FX 4: Guida vs. Maynard
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.06.22
Odds: +200 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Benson Henderson
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.11.12
Odds: +235 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $105,000 ($40K Base, $65K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
#57 Greatest Fight of All Time
#23 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#12 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC on FOX 1 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Anthony Pettis
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.06.04
Odds: +200 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $74,000 ($37K Base, $37K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
4:27 Round 2 of 3, 9:27 Total

Takanori Gomi
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 125: Resolution
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.01.01
Odds: -145 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $122,000 ($31K Base, $31K Bonus, $60K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
#23 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#8 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
UFC 125 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Injury
1:51 Round 3 of 3, 11:51 Total

Rafael dos Anjos
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.08.07
Odds: +110 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $56,000 ($28K Base, $28K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Metallica - The Frayed Ends of Sanity
Win | Submission | Choke
3:40 Round 2 of 3, 8:40 Total

Shannon Gugerty
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs Jones
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.03.21
Odds: -400 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus, $50K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
UFC on Versus 1 Submission of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:19 Round 2 of 3, 7:19 Total

Kenny Florian
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.12.12
Odds: +172 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Walkout Music: The Used - The Taste of Ink
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Diego Sanchez
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.06.20
Odds: +260 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $48,000 ($23K Base, $25K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
#7 Greatest Fight of All Time
#1 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#3 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Nate Diaz
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.01.31
Odds: +106 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $105,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus, $65K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
UFC 94 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mac Danzig
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC Fight Night 15: Diaz vs. Neer
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.09.17
Odds: -135 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $26,000 ($13K Base, $13K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:15 Round 1 of 3

Samy Schiavo
Ref: Tim Mills

UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.04.02
Odds: -675 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Choke
0:31 Round 3 of 3, 10:31 Total

Roger Huerta
Ref: John McCarthy

The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.12.08
Odds: -129 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $11,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
#33 Greatest Fight of All Time
#65 Greatest Submission of All Time
#8 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#29 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Marcus Aurelio
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 74: Respect
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.08.25
Odds: -125 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tyson Griffin
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 72: Victory
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.06.16
Odds: +180 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
#11 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 72 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Din Thomas
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC Fight Night 8: Evans vs Salmon
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.01.25
Odds: -120 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $5,000 Base | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
4:42 Round 2 of 3, 9:42 Total

Justin James
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 64: Unstoppable
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.10.14
Odds: -260 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Joe Martin

WEC 23: Hot August Fights
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.08.17
Loss | Submission | Armlock

Yusuke Endo

Shooto

2006.07.21
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Gilbert Melendez

Strikeforce: Revenge
Main Card | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.06.09
Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Josh Thomson

Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie
Main Card | Vacant Title | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.03.10
Loss | Submission | Choke

Tristan Yunker

King of the Cage

2006.02.17
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Joe Jordan

Xtreme Fighting Organization

2005.12.10
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Jeff Carstens

Indiana Regional

2005.11.19
Win | Submission | Choke

Dave Cochran

King of the Cage

2005.09.17
Win | Submission | Choke

John Strawn

Xtreme Fighting Organization

2005.08.27
Win | Submission | Choke

Jay Estrada

Illinois Regional

2005.08.13
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Bart Palaszewski

Xtreme Fighting Organization

2005.06.25
Win | Submission | Choke

Alonzo Martinez

Xtreme Kage Kombat

2005.05.20
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Chris Mickle

Xtreme Kage Kombat

2005.05.20
Win | Submission | Punches

Alex Carter

Illinois Regional

2005.05.14
Win | Submission | Choke

Brandon Adamson

Xtreme Fighting Organization

2005.03.19
Win | Submission | Leglock

Bill Guardiola

Illinois Regional

2005.02.05
Win | KO/TKO | Knee

Dennis Davis

Mexico Regional

2004.12.18
Win | Submission | Choke

Vito Woods

Xtreme Fighting Organization

2004.12.03
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Randy Hauer

Extreme Challenge

2004.11.12
Win | Submission | Leglock

Bill Guardiola

Illinois Regional

2004.10.23
Loss | Submission | Armlock

Gabe Lemley

Xtreme Fighting Organization

2004.06.26
Win | Submission | Choke

Jed Deno

Ultimate Combat Sports

2004.05.01
Win

Shawn Nolan

Xtreme Kage Kombat

2004.04.03
Loss

Dan Duke

Xtreme Kage Kombat

2004.04.03
Win | Submission | Choke

Adam Bass

Xtreme Fighting Organization

2004.03.14
Loss | Submission | Choke

Adam Copenhaver

Illinois Regional

2003.07.26

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