Guida: I could have been 15-1

by Thomas Gerbasi | source:

Yet despite his success, after close losses to Benson Henderson and Gray Maynard, Guida decided to make the move ten pounds south to featherweight, with his debut at 145 pounds set for January 26th in Chicago against Japan’s Hatsu Hioki.

“We fought the best in the lightweight division and got very close to the top,” he said. “We’ve had a couple of chances for a number one contendership or whatever you want to call it, and had some Fight of the Night bonuses and Fight of the Years. We’ve been all over the place and it’s been a fun road, and the road is gonna continue with more success at featherweight.”

This past June, Guida went five rounds with Maynard in a bout that ended with a controversial split decision going to “The Bully.” It wasn’t the first close decision Guida was on the wrong end of, but it was the one that pushed him and his team to consider a change of scenery.

“Looking at my record in the UFC, 9-7, it just doesn’t sit well, and I demand more out of myself and I know I can do better and always improve,” he said. “People see my fighting style, and if they’ve seen my fights, that record could be 15-1 just like that. I think there’s only really one fight that I went out there and it wasn’t even a close fight, and that was the Kenny Florian fight (in 2009), which helped change my career in a positive way. So looking at it as a whole and in the bigger picture of my career, after the Maynard fight I spoke with my brother (fellow fighter Jason Guida), who is a huge influence in my life and my career, and he said it might be that time to cut those extra pounds and get down to ’45 and start pushing people around and start knocking dudes out. He said ‘You had some close fights, you stunned Gray a few times and wobbled Ben, but we’ve gotta start finishing these guys.’ So I thought about that, and let it soak in for a while.”

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12/26/12 1:58 AM by SonOfThePeepHole

If you thibk he beat gray seriously your fucking blindThat dancing and swinging hair shit is out of date

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12/25/12 11:19 PM by TartanTopTeamsHeroinWhore

Legit lol at fan shooting him - would need to have a fuckin machine gun to hit him!!

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12/25/12 11:48 AM by Pessimist_Pete

Good lord. 4:98? Good lord.

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12/25/12 7:52 AM by FOX Force Five

Agreed. :)If you ever figure it out, let us know!

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12/25/12 7:41 AM by Infamous Ed

He's full of shit.He promises all out wars, but gives horrid fights against Maynard and Pettis. He talked shit to Maynard after their fight, then has the nerve to say he needed more movement to win... If he bounced around for 5 more seconds I bet a fan would have shot him.

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12/25/12 12:14 AM by TheRaider


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12/25/12 12:11 AM by GoodnightWorld

Wait..what? Just because he had boring fights doesn't mean he's not exciting? That's actually EXACTLY what it means. Just because he used to fight like a madman doesn't mean he is still willing to takes risks...which is why nobody wants to see him fight anymore.Never a fan.

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12/25/12 12:05 AM by GoodnightWorld

This is just a bi-product of being out of Jackson MMA. Cub Swanson has been saying that he should be ahead of Lamas because Cub feels he won the first round of their fight. Rick laughed. Direct quote: @AdamMVillarreal haha that's funny Somehow, just being in Jackson's camp allows you to reinvent a loss into a win. And why not, really? They hold every belt and are undefeated.

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12/24/12 10:13 PM by aNutterFedorFan


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12/24/12 9:59 PM by Colboyo

Jab, jab, run for 4:98 min