Clay Guida is coming off an impressive win over Erik Koch, and still has one of the best gas tanks in all of MMA, but don’t expect “The Carpenter” to be fighting in five year’s time.
Guida battled Koch at UFC Fight Night 112, on Sunday, and the lightweight’s movement, wrestling and top game ruled the day. After 15 minutes of combat, Guida was handed the unanimous decision win, and his 33rd victory overall.
It was an important win for Guida, as the 35 year-old was coming off back-to-back losses to Brian Ortega and Thiago Tavares. It was also a big victory, as Guida was the betting line underdog heading into the fight.
Afterwards, Guida reportedly talked about the fact that he feels as good as ever, that he’s happy to be back at 155, and he also credited Team Alpha Male for helping him improve. But, Guida also relayed that he doesn’t want to be fighting when he’s 40, like Fedor Emelianenko, who was KO’d the night before at Bellator “NYC” (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I don’t want to be doing this when I’m 40,” Guida said. “I love Fedor for being the man that he is, and I feel like the dude sits in the locker room, plays cards in his jeans with his feet up, eats a 12-pack of donuts and they say, ‘Alright Fedor, you’re on.’ He just jumps up, goes out and fights, and that’s just awesome. He’s a master.
“(But) that’s not for everybody. I don’t want to be fighting when I’m 40. I want to be coaching and helping coach wrestling and things like that. And watching all this stables of fighters we have improve.”
It was tough seeing Fedor go out like that again, even if most folks, including myself, predicted that Matt Mitrione would KO the legend.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Guida, who is a tough out for anyone. Considering who he’s fought over the years, don’t be surprised if “The Carpenter’s” booked to face a top contender next.