UFC fighter Clay “the Carpenter” Guida has spent the majority of his career competing at the 155 lb. lightweight class. However, he announced today that he will be dropping down to the 145 lb. featherweight class.
Guida last competed at the UFC on FX 4 show in June, where he narrowly lost a split decision to Gray Maynard. However, he remains an extremely popular fan favorite due his wild hair, memorable personality and berserker approach to each fight.
He has been consistently undersized against most of his opponents in the 155 lb. weight class, so it will be intriguing to watch him compete against opponents about his own size, or even slightly smaller. Guida stated in the official announcement on his management company’s website that he had never needed to cut weight while competing at lightweight and anticipated little difficulty in successfully making the featherweight limit.
“The Carpenter is going to explore a new job site at the 145 pound division in the new year. I plan on making a run at the foreman or superintendent position right out of the gates. I hope you guys packed a lunch,” he said.
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar also recently joined the featherweight division. He was originally slated to challenge current featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 153 on Oct. 13, but that bout was put on hold when Aldo injured his foot. Anderson Silva and Stephen Bonnar stepped up to replace that main event.
Guida’s entrance into the 145 lb. division adds a new layer of excitement to what was already a competitive and action-packed weight class.