Clay Guida
The Carpenter


Lasts 58 seconds against Jim Miller
August 3, 2019
Guida lost to Jim Miller via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:58 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 5 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
It was another dangerous, late stoppage on a choke from referee Herb Dean. Guida smashed Miller with a big shot that sent him stumbling backwards shortly after the opening bell rang, but he ate a shot of his own just seconds later and he found himself in the guillotine just moments after that. Guida is 37 years old, been a pro for more than 16 years, and has built a career around being one of the most aggressive fighters in the sport, but charging in on Miller there was not the best of decisions. Guida sure looks like he's nearing the end of the line, but he is somehow 3-2 in his last five fights dating back to June 2017. "The Carpenter" isn't going anywhere.
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Confirmed for UFC Newark
June 25, 2019
Guida will take on Jim Miller in a lightweight matchup at UFC Newark on Aug. 3.
Guida is 37 years old, but is now 3-1 in his last four fights. He handily defeated BJ Penn in his last trip to the Octagon, but that means an entirely different thing than it did 10 years ago. "The Carpenter" will now turn his focus to Miller, another long-time veteran that is set to turn 36 in August. Miller most recently picked up a win against Jason Gonzalez, giving him his second victory in his last three chances. Miller has now participated in four consecutive fights that haven't gotten out of the first round. Guida will be at a slight disadvantage in terms of height and reach, but sports superior grappling statistics (Miller has just a 47 percent takedown defense). Both men have negative striking differentials, meaning they have gotten hit by a higher quantity of strikes than they have landed over their long UFC tenures.
Adds to B.J. Penn's struggles
May 11, 2019
Guida defeated B.J. Penn via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) at UFC 237 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The fact Guida couldn't finish the washed up Penn is highly concerning, but he was never in danger of legitimately losing the fight. Guida has cardio for days, and Penn was running on fumes over the course of the final ten minutes of the bout. A wrestler by trade, Guida attempted just two takedowns on Saturday, instead preferring to hammer an overmatched Penn on the feet. A win over B.J. means literally less than nothing in 2019, but "The Carpenter" improves to 3-1 in his last four bouts.
Added to UFC 237
March 6, 2019
Guida will take on BJ Penn at UFC 237 in Brazil on May 11, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Guida had a tough task in his last fight during UFC 225 when he got a new opponent with short notice and then lost via submission in Round 1 to Charles Oliveira. The veteran Guida, who carries a career record of 34-18, will go to Brazil to fight Penn, who is also coming off a loss via submission, but his is much more recent in December.
Quickly taps to Charles Oliveira Saturday in Chicago
June 9, 2018
Guida lost to Charles Oliveira via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:18 of Round 1 at UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago.
That's two fights and two quick losses for the hometown favorites. Guida and Oliveira were battling on even terms in the standup over the first couple minutes of the fight before Guida pushed forward for a takedown attempt and left his next opposed. A world-class submission specialist like Oliveira isn't going to pass up that opportunity. Guida has energy for days and remains as popular as ever, but he is sporting just a 5-7 record in his last 12 fights dating back to November 2011.
Gets new opponent for UFC 225
May 30, 2018
Guida will now face Charles Oliveira in a lightweight matchup at UFC 225 on June 9 in Chicago.
Guida originally announced the move via a personal Instagram post, but the UFC confirmed the switch via Twitter on Wednesday morning. This is actually a good bit of matchmaking, as Guida and Oliveira are both former featherweights, so the weight cut shouldn't be too bad for Oliveira despite taking the fight on 10 days' notice. Oliveira is coming off a TKO loss to Paul Felder, while Guida is 2-0 since moving up to lightweight, most recently beating Joe Lauzon via first-round stoppage. It will be Oliveira holding the height and reach advantages by margins of three inches or greater each.