When watching mixed martial arts, depending on where you stand, Clay “The Carpenter” Guida is either one of the best fighters or one of the most annoying. With his long hair flying around the Octagon with ever jumping step he takes, Guida has earned the reputation as being a fan favorite and has had a long career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He spent most of his time in the UFC lightweight division, but is now competing in the featherweight division. What are some of his best wins and what are his worst defeats?
- UFC 94: vs. Nate Diaz
In his seventh fight inside the Octagon, Guida took on an up and comer in the promotion in Diaz. At this stage in Diaz’s career, he had won five straight fights since entering the UFC and was looking for a title shot. Both fighters had their share of exciting action in this fight and it was closer than many thought it would be. In the end, it was Guida earning the split decision win.
- UFC 125: vs. Takanori Gomi
In Japanese MMA, Gomi is one of the greatest legends to ever compete. When he came to the UFC, the results weren’t great for him, but this win for Guida was a huge confidence booster. After losing two straight, Guida got the win with a second round Guillotine Choke.
- UFC on Fox: vs. Benson Henderson
With a win against Henderson, Guida would have been next in line for a UFC lightweight title shot that was held by Frankie Edgar. The fight went 15 minutes, but it was Henderson getting the unanimous decision win.
- The Ultimate Fighter Finale: vs. Diego Sanchez
In what was one of the Fights of the Year in 2009, these two men went back and forth for 15 minutes. In the end, it was Sanchez who gained the win via split decision.