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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.

Last updated 04.01.2014, 3:56 PM ET
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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
31-14-0 13-3-0

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 | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: Pepper - Stand and Fall
UFC on FOX 12 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tatsuya Kawajiri
30-14-0 33-7-2

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 | Referee: Marc Goddard
#30 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
30-13-0 14-1-0

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 | Referee: Yves Lavigne | 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
29-13-0 26-5-2

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

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

Gray Maynard
29-12-0 10-1-1

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

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

Benson Henderson
29-11-0 14-2-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
#58 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
28-11-0 13-1-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Choke
4:27 Round 2 of 3, 9:27 Total

Takanori Gomi
27-11-0 32-6-0

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 | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#24 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
26-11-0 14-4-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Metallica - The Frayed Ends of Sanity
Win | Submission | Choke
3:40 Round 2 of 3, 8:40 Total

Shannon Gugerty
25-11-0 12-4-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
UFC on Versus 1 Submission of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:19 Round 2 of 3, 7:19 Total

Kenny Florian
25-10-0 11-4-0

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

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

Diego Sanchez
25-9-0 20-2-0

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 | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#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
24-9-0 10-2-0

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 | Referee: Yves Lavigne
UFC 94 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mac Danzig
23-9-0 18-4-1

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 | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:15 Round 1 of 3

Samy Schiavo
22-9-0 10-4-0

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

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

Roger Huerta
22-8-0 19-1-1

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 | Referee: John McCarthy
#34 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
21-8-0 14-4-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tyson Griffin
21-7-0 8-1-0

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 | Referee: John McCarthy
#11 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 72 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Din Thomas
21-6-0 20-6-0

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 | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
4:42 Round 2 of 3, 9:42 Total

Justin James
20-6-0 13-5-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Joe Martin
19-6-0 3-5-0

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
19-4-0 9-0-0

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
18-4-0 8-1-0

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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