Guida, who used to be exciting but recently became boring, is a universally popular figure with fans. But he could stand to make an impression in the cage whenever he returns to action, not to mention the fact that a win would bring him to a tidy 2-0 in the featherweight division.
Here are five possibilities for a worthy and interesting opponent upon his return.
Dennis Siver is himself 2-0 since moving down from lightweight.
He hasn't really been stiffly challenged, either. He absolutely broke Nam Phan in his last fight.
Siver is currently injured, so perhaps the timing would line up for a mutual return engagement.
Nik Lentz is also 2-0 as a new featherweight.
A fight with Guida would be a step up for Lentz and an interesting matchup for fans.
The underrated Robbie Peralta hasn't lost in nearly four years. That includes three bouts in the UFC.
I imagine he'll get past Akira Corassani on April 6. Either way, the winner would be looking to take Guida's head off. I think Guida needs an opponent like that right about now.
Electrifying young Brazilian Hacran Dias takes on less-exciting and less-young Armenian Manny Gamburyan.
If the former wins and takes on Guida, you might have a slugfest. If it's the latter, a snoozefest. But a high-level snooze fest, so that's good.
I'd still be interested in seeing Guida test his wrestling (and chin) against Team Alpha Male's Chad Mendes.
If the streaking Darren Elkins can upend Mendes, Guida would be a good heat check for the Indiana native.