The former (and first) Strikeforce lightweight champion Clay Guida has his eyes on UFC gold. Despite a career in the UFC that’s lasted roughly seven years, Guida has been unable to find himself in a title fight. The closest he’s come so far is a loss in an eliminator fight against the eventual champion Benson Henderson in 2011. Still, he’s not giving up, and a recent win over Hatsu Hioki has helped him to make a big debut in the promotion’s featherweight division.
Guida will be going up against #2 featherweight Chad Mendes at UFC 164. Mendes holds a 14-1 record and is on a three fight winning streak, making him the likely favorite in this match up. Guida is not intimidated though, saying he’s going to bring an “unexpected” skill set.
“I’m going out there with a skill set for Chad Mendes that he hasn’t seen before,” Guida told UFC.com. He’s gonna see some things that are very unexpected from my last couple fights and my other fights in the UFC… I see the prize at the end, and that’s getting that featherweight belt. I know what I set out to do, what I put my mind to do, and with the hard work every day, I’m gonna be champion one day. People want to call me a journeyman, they want to call me a steppingstone, one day they’re gonna call me champ. Mark my words. It’s just a matter of time.”
Guida and Mendes will face off at UFC 164 on August 31. A win here for Guida would easily put him in contention for a potential title fight, possibly making this the biggest fight of his career so far.