Clay Guida earned a big win Saturday night in Chicago, when he earned a split decision nod over Hatsu Hioki. It was his featherweight debut and will likely push him up the rankings in a big way.
It wasn't a pretty win, but he did just enough. The win came at the delight of the Chicago crowd that was largely in favor of Guida.
Here are five fights he could take next.
As of right now, Chan Sung Jung is not doing anything. There are currently no fights for him, as most of the top featherweights are tied up.
Now that Clay Guida beat Hatsu Hioki, Jung could pick up a fight. This is especially true because it doesn't look like Guida took much damage in his fight.
If Jung wins, he gets the title shot. If he loses, Guida is that much closer to a title shot.
Another former lightweight in Dennis Siver would provide a great fight for Clay Guida.
It is your classic grappler vs. striker matchup. Siver is a juggernaut on the feet, while Guida has relentless top position that smothers opponents.
Would Siver's takedown defense prevail, or would Guida put on a wrestling clinic against the German striker?
Nik Lentz has two fights at featherweight, and both fights have been highly impressive, so far. Diego Nunes and Eiji Mitsuoka can attest to that.
Lentz would easily be able to match up with Guida's wrestling style. It would be more of a question of who would be better on his feet.
Both men are former lightweights who are a couple fights from contending for gold. This fight would be huge.
Hacran Dias stormed into the UFC with a win over respected veteran Yuri Alcantara. He has proved he can hang with the big boys.
There aren't many bigger challenges that fighting Clay Guida. He has constant movement with a relentless pace that tires you out just watching him.
If Dias wants to prove he's the next big thing, let him try his hand with Guida.
Rony Jason has looked great in his first two UFC fights. Now, it's time for him to prove himself against an established name.
We don't know how good Jason's takedown defense is, so Guida could test that. It would be great to see how deep his gas tank is as well, as Guida wears out any man he steps in the cage with.
This would definitely be a very exciting fight.