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Clay Guida Doesn’t Think His Fight With Anthony Pettis Should Decide Who Fights the Winner of Edgar-Maynard III

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MMACanada caught up with Clay Guida in Edmonton over the weekend where they asked him about his upcoming bout with former WEC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis at the TUF 13 finale June 4. According to "The Carpenter" Pettis is a solid prospect, but he’s in for a rude awakening when he makes his UFC debut.

"It’s a very exciting fight. Anthony Pettis has a lot of hype around him right now. He’s a very advertised fighter. The kick heard around the world. ‘Showtime’ is gonna be ‘No Time’ once I get in there. I’m really excited about it. [He's a] very tough kid, but the WEC and the UFC merger is gonna show you what the UFC’s all about."

When asked if a win over Pettis should guarantee him the winner of Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar, considering Anthony was supposed to have dibs on the next title shot, Guida said that Showtime really hasn’t earned his spot as the number one contender and he wouldn’t want to take the status away from those more deserving of him.

"[It] definitely [wouldn't put me] next in line, but it gets me in the top three or four [of guys in line after Edgar and Maynard]. A few guys are ahead of us. George Sotiropoulos and Jim Miller — they’ve been on a tear lately,  just damaging opponents and tearing right through them. I think they should fight each other for the number one spot. the reason they were going to give Pettis the shot was to unify the belts. Don’t get me wrong, down the road I can see him becoming a contender, not because he’s going to get past me. I’m going to knock him down a few rungs. They just wanted to unify the belts and have [one] clear-cut champion and that fight between Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar was one for the books. They’re gonna run it back and do number three and hopefully we’ll have a clear-cut champion at the time. Beating Anthony Pettis is gonna be another notch on my belt that will get me closer to the lightweight belt."

Guida, who was cageside for Pettis’ Matrix-like kick and subsequent win over Ben Henderson at the final WEC show says that he figured "Bendo" would have taken out the younger and less-seasoned fighter, but feels that he didn’t because he respected him a bit too much.

"I thought Ben Henderson respected ‘Showtime’ too much. He respected his stand-up a little too much. I thought Ben was gonna go in there and take Pettis down and maybe submit him or just ground and pound him, But I think he gave him a little to much respect on the feet and that’s one thing you can’t do in a fight," he explains. "Respect your opponent outside the cage, but once you get in there it’s game time. We’re all the same. It’s a level playing field. I don’t care who you are. If you’re fighting Fedor, if you’re fighting Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva — we’re all in there for a reason. we all make weight the day before so we can go out and perform the following night."

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cursed5- January 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm
He makes me proud to be a Claymate, you guys!
mmanimal- January 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm
Anyone who burps in the middle of a fight has my respect.
donfryesmustache- January 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm
Pettis rd 3 via some more Ninja-striking technique
RwilsonR- January 26, 2011 at 9:58 am
At least Guida gave an honest assessment of the division, and didn't say he thinks he deserves a title shot ASAP. That's better than an asshole like Guillard who get one quality win under his belt and thinks he is next in line.

@ FBF - G-Sot is definitely the real deal. I hope his chin doesn't meet a guy like Tommy Speer again anytime soon, but Georgie is really hitting his stride these days.
Sniffer-Piffits- January 26, 2011 at 8:57 am

Diaz would walk away with the belt and for 1 of 2 reasons...
#1 - He stole it so he could melt it down into a new grill for his mouth because he's a gangsta wannabe homo...
#2 - He was madw to carry it by Pettis after Pettis saw him trying to steal it. Pettis threatened to report it to the police, but Diaz doesn't want another strike...
DarkmanX- January 26, 2011 at 8:02 am
don't get in the habit of rating fighters based on personality...rate them by heart and whether they come to fight....guida has heart and fights, however Pettis has the same and Talent......don't sleep on Pettis....I see a Pettis Vs Edgar fight ..
MoTropolis- January 26, 2011 at 7:29 am
Im response to Guida saying Pettis will go from Showtime to Notime, Pettis should say something like "The Carpenter will be known as the carpenter when Im done with him...seriously, Im'a have that idiot building me a deck after this fight."
Mofo- January 26, 2011 at 7:25 am
+1 PortlandMMA

That TOTALLY sums up that captain caveman motherfucker. Van by the river.

I hope Pettis takes it, that would be striking over wrestling which makes me smile every time.

Just don't waste your time with head kicks on this dude.
ccman- January 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm
I personally think guida is right, not that he will win but that pettis might be in for a shock.
MoTropolis- January 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm
Even tho I dont agree with everything Guida said, its really nice to see an article about lightweight contenders and see no mention of that dickbag Ken-Flo.
PERPATRAITOR- January 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm
155 tourney would be so baller. Too bad Nate Diaz would walk away with the trophy. U guys would hate it for life. 209!!!
fatbellyfrank- January 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm
Where is Mr Misanthrophy?
RSparrow- January 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Guidas head would have clearly already been kicked off by Dirty Sanchez. If that caveman head managed to stay on with that kick, I think he's good.
ReX13- January 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm
Am i the only one that would like to see the WEC belt stay around until they actually have a unification bout?  On the related subject of SlaughterOctopus©, i tend to agree with fbf--i think he's a legit contender.  But then, i thought the UFC passed up a golden opportunity to stage a tournament at 155, so i'm clearly a few bricks shy of a six pack.© Copyright Mr Misanthropy, 2010.  All rights reserved.  It's cool though, i'm taking it back.
DARKHORSE06- January 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm
Clay Guido is the fucking man.
NinjaVanish- January 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm
Clay Guida is overrated. Piss poor striking, LnP, and now since he started training with jackson he has this stupid non fighting dance he does that people are for some reason wowwed about.

They should make him cut his hair, he dosent wash that shit and greases it up so he can slip submission attempts.

Pettis by kicking Clay's head off the moment he wades in with those lame ass hooks he throws from five feet away from an opponent, you know, the ones where he sticks his chin out, so pretty much every punch he throws.
Judo_Chop- January 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm
in a VAN down by THE RIVER

war Sonnen- January 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm
watch as Clay gets a title shot if he wins now, i know this isn't strikeforce but with DW anythin can happen, yay me for my first REAL post, had to say it :) :P
fatbellyfrank- January 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm
@portland MMA, trust me buddy, Gsot's the real deal, watch 127 then see if your still not convinced, Gsot is def top 5
El Guapo- January 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm
I knew Uzi was Fedor the whole time! I f'kn knew it!!
Sakuraba3900- January 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm
im pretty sure Guida wasnt trying to come off as a badass at all... it was quite the contrary actually he came off pretty mellow and humble especially saying what he said about Miller and GSot being ahead of him for a shot.

Most fighters would say "Well since Pettis has got a shot if he beats me it should be the same if I beat Pettis."
FaH Q NL15- January 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm
whoa whoa whoa, clay has always been a badass. And I can see him getting his shot, we will definately need to see some improvements in his game though. After this pettis fight, we will know a lot more about both fighters. Either we'll all come to a realization as to how phenominal pettis is, or we will really consider clay to be a top contender, finally. I can't wait and honestly would rather see clay win just because of how much time and potential pettis has and clay has paid his dues. We shall find out soon enough though
uzithrasha- January 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm
dont know why guida thinks his a bad ass now. Hes not that impressive. He will never be a champion
PortlandMMA- January 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Well he does live in a van down by the river.
Dirt- January 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Clay seems to be quite a humble guy. +1 for Guida