It looks like back-to-back decision losses were enough to motivate Clay Guida to move down from lightweight, as the fan-favorite has announced he will be fighting at 145 pounds at some point in the foreseeable future. Guida is coming off a Split Decision stumble against Gray Maynard in June after falling short on the scorecards against current champion Benson Henderson in his previous outing.
“It will be nice to finally be one of the bigger guys in the cage. I don’t cut weight at 155, and making 145 will be no problem for me,” said Guida in a statement from his management team. “My fans will get to see ‘The Dude’ put some royal beatings on everyone in the division. I will not be satisfied until the featherweight belt is mine.”
Guida was one of the UFC’s toughest draws at 155 pounds though he was never able to get over the hump and establish himself as a true title-contender. Among his numerous wins as a lightweight inside the Octagon are those against the likes of Takanori Gomi, Mac Danzig, and Nate Diaz.
No news was offered in terms of when Guida will make his featherweight debut other than to say it would not take place until 2013.
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