Clay Guida isn’t an enigma. He comes to scrap every time the cage door opens. Clay Guida is hands down one of the most exciting fighters to step in the cage. His place in the octagon is secure because of his brawling go-for-broke style. He keeps fans intrigued and just as enthusiastic about the third round as they are the first.
In saying that, we learned a few things about Clay “the Carpenter” Guida. Clay has obviously been working on his striking and it’s very evident. A lot of times when a fighters' camp was geared toward improving a particular skill set, he often wants to show that off in the following fight.
That was true in this fight. Guida got away from his wrestling base and looked to trade with a more skilled striker. Not saying that Ben Henderson is Anderson Silva in the striking department, but Ben has heavier hands and it seems Clay is better off going with his better skill set in his wrestling.
Another thing that stood out was the hair. It isn’t a new revelation that Guida has a lot of hair, but he appears to have even more and at times in the fight it can be a detriment to him.
Case in point, when Henderson caught him in a violent exchange Guida’s hair flipped over his face and it appeared that he swung more because he couldn’t see and didn’t want to get caught again. Perhaps he would’ve been more effective if he could see. Just a thought.
Lastly, Clay Guida proved that he deserves to be at the top of the lightweight talent mountain. He lost this fight, but he kept it interesting and battled well.
If he keeps grinding and getting wins, he will get a chance to get in the title mix again.
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