Clay Guida

The Carpenter

USA

Paired with Claudio Puelles
LightweightUFC
January 14, 2022
Guida will take on Claudio Puelles on April 23, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Guida has been a sub-.500 fighter dating back over a decade now, going 8-10 over his last 18 fights. He's still getting fights at age 40, however, and has been in slightly better form recently, winning two of his last three matches, including a second-round submission victory over Leonardo Santos in December in his latest trip to the Octagon. His opponent, Puelles, is nearly 15 years his junior and is riding a four-fight winning streak.
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Comes from behind to earn stoppage
LightweightUFC
December 6, 2021
Guida defeated Leonardo Santos via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:21 of Round 2 at UFC Vegas 44 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
In true veteran fashion, Guida was able to withstand an early blitz from Santos, though he was fortunate referee Keith Peterson gave him the benefit of the doubt even when he seemed to be in big trouble. It would have been a 10-8 Round 1 for Santos had Guida not reversed position late and ended up on top. Santos had emptied the gas tank looking for the finish, and Guida was able to recognize that and get a takedown early in Round 2. He took his back shortly after and sunk in the fight-ending choke, which ultimately earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Guida won't be affecting the title picture at the age of 39, but he picked up his first stoppage victory since 2017 and showed he is more than capable of putting on entertaining fights.
Next bout scheduled
LightweightUFC
October 20, 2021
Guida will fight Leonardo Santos in a lightweight bout at the UFC event on Dec. 4, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Guida lost a close fight to Mark O. Madsen via split decision in August, and he'll get back in the Octagon in December. Santos won his previous six fights before falling to Grant Dawson via KO (punches) in March.
Drops razor-thin decision in Vegas
LightweightUFC
August 21, 2021
Guida lost to Marc O. Madsen via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN 29 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Essentially no one -- the judges included -- can agree on who won this fight, which gives you an idea of exactly how close it was. And of course in a battle between two excellent wrestlers, neither man tried to wrestle. Guida was the more active fighter of the two, attempting 212 total strikes compared to 198 from Madsen, but Madsen connected at a 51 percent clip while Guida landed just 33 percent of his tries. Guida will be 40 years of age this coming December, but no one on the UFC roster loves fighting as much as he does, and he's still reasonably effective despite a 1-3 mark in his last four bouts. The company just needs to be careful about who they match Guida up against moving forward.
Taking on Mark O. Madsen in August
LightweightUFC
May 19, 2021
Guida (36-20-0) is scheduled to face Mark O. Madsen (10-0-0) in a lightweight fight during the UFC's Aug. 21 event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Guida, 39, will return to competition just over six months after he scored a unanimous-decision win over Michael Johnson to snap a three-fight losing streak. The long-time UFC veteran will be making his 31st career appearance in the Octagon in August.
Upsets Michael Johnson in Vegas
LightweightUFC
February 6, 2021
Guida defeated Michael Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Guida's 30th UFC bout featured his best effort in years. Working behind his wrestling and trademark superior cardio, Clay continuously pushed the paced against Johnson. He limited Johnson's ability to string together combinations, while his three successful takedowns led to 6:53 worth of control time. This is the exact way Guida needs to fight at age 39 in order to be successful. It won't work every time simply because Clay doesn't possess the foot speed to avoid incoming fire on a consistent basis, but it's a whole heck of a lot easier when you are plastered up against your opposition. Guida is extremely unlikely to run off any sort of winning streak at this advanced age, but this victory likely saved his job and should ensure we see him in the Octagon at least a couple more times.