Clay Guida Will Drop to UFC Featherweight Division

Scott HarrisMMA Lead WriterSeptember 28, 2012

Jun 22, 2012; Atlantic City, NJ, USA; Clay Guida before fighting Gray Maynard in a lightweight bout during UFC on FX at Revel Resort and Casino. Gray Maynard won the fight by split decision in the fifth round.  Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

UFC lightweight Clay Guida will drop down a weight class and fight in the 145-pound division.

The 30-year-old announced the decision via his management team, VFD Sports, on Friday morning.

"The Carpenter is going to explore a new job site at the 145 pound division in the new year," Guida said in a statement on VFD Sports' official website. "I plan on making a run at the foreman or superintendent position right out of the gates. I hope you guys packed a lunch."

Before challenging the head superintendent, which is most likely champion Jose Aldo, Guida will need to work his way up. Who his first opponent at featherweight will be is unknown at this stage.

Guida added that he does not anticipate any difficulty with the new weight cut.

"It will be nice to finally be one of the bigger guys in the cage," Guida said in the statement. "I don't cut weight at 155, and making 145 will be no problem for me."

Guida (29-13) lost his last two bouts at lightweight. However, one of those losses came to current champ Benson Henderson, and the other came to perennial contender Gray Maynard.