Thursday, June 9, 2011

Guida video: Lightweight contender in a familiar spot as the underdog

Clay Guida has seen just about everything in the world of MMA, so he's not exactly intimidated by the athleticism and creativity of Anthony Pettis. Frankly, tonight's main event at "The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale" feels like the same storyline Guida deals with before most of his fights. The solid, yet unspectacular underdog trying to knock off the high-rising hot shot.

"To me, this fight is a win-win situation for me. I beat the guy who had the kick heard round the world and that's my dream, a title shot in the lightweight division," Guida told RawVegas.

Guida grinds and wears down his opponents. There are no one-punch or one-kick knockouts, but there are 28 wins, eight in the UFC.

The fans' perception of Pettis and Guida couldn't be at further ends of the spectrum. Pettis became a household name around MMA after pulling off one of the moves of the century with his dynamic "Showtime Kick" against Ben Henderson last year at WEC 53. Guida is a household name as well, but he's built his reputation by staying on the ground and working for all 15 minutes.

"His circus kicks were great against Ben Henderson, but people aren't going to remember that after my hand is raised on Saturday," said Guida.

Check out Guida's laid back attitude as he faces a guy, who most expect to be the next challenger for the UFC's lightweight title.

Guida isn't worried about Pettis' takedown defense. Pettis performed well against another high level wrestler in Shane Roller, but Guida was quick to point out that the former Oklahoma State wrestling star had cardio issues.


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