Clay Guida On Conor McGregor: “If You Want to See That Guy Cry, Put Him in There With Me for Five Rounds”

April 11, 2014
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Clay Guida_2339-478x270UFC featherweight Clay Guida logged an impressive unanimous decision win over Tatsuya Kawajiri at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi on Friday and called out Conor McGregor during his post-fight interview.

“The UFC is protecting this leprechaun. I don’t call anybody out, but once you heal up, you want to fight a real man,” stated Guida inside the Octagon following the win.

Guida was the second fighter on the fight card to call out the Irisman. Jim Alers took to the microphone following his split decision win over Alan Omer on the preliminary card and said he’s coming for McGregor. McGregor has had words with several fighters in the division and some outside of the weight class. He and Diego Sanchez have gone back-and-forth on Twitter. He and Cole Miller regularly take shots at one another through social media.

Guida has nothing personal against the brash up-and-comer. He just wants to see him tested and would like to be the fighter to do it.

“He doesn’t really rub me the wrong way. I believe that he has got all the talents, but we haven’t seen him tested yet. It’s good to see up-and-comers get a lot of publicity like him,” said Guida during the event’s post-fight press conference.

“But I think maybe the fact that him and my good friend and teammate Cub Swanson had a little beef one night at a show, and the fact that they’re keeping him in close quarters and keeping an eye on him by fighting in his own country. Let’s see what he’s made of. It doesn’t have to be his next fight. Let’s let him get a little momentum and then put him in there against a guy that’s got some experience and we’ll see what he’s made of,” he added.

Questioned about whether he’d like to face McGregor in a standard three-round fight or a five-round main event-type of match-up, Guida didn’t hesitate with his answer.

“Five rounds is my thing. If you want to see that guy cry, put him in there with me for five rounds,” said the 32-year-old UFC veteran.

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  • fsunoles10

    set it up so we can watch guida get finished once more, he doesnt have anything for the irishman and ever since i seen him crying like a little girl after the maynard fight backstage i want to see him get mashed every fight.

    • TheCerealKiller

      English…

      • fsunoles10

        i understand it was a run on sentence but if you couldnt understand what was wrote you may need to brush up on your comprehensive skills.

  • Creepinjesus

    This is a man that should represent the UFC. How can anyone not like how the guy rolls? He says it how it is, but does it with respect for other fighters. He makes it real. He doesn’t talk shit, if you beat him, he will be the first one to tell ya you did. I think this would be an excellent fight and just like Guida said a true test for the Irishman. I want to see McGregor have the same success as Guida and be humble about it. !

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    …and if you want to see the audience fall asleep turn on a Clay Guida fight. I’ve never seen someone bounce around so much that

    never stops a fight

    • bajafox

      I tend to agree with comments like this, I didn’t see the fight today but apparently it got FON…

  • uncle

    I want to watch a fight not a some damn jitterbug

  • The Prognosticator

    Guida would win easily against McGregor likely by submission in round 2 or 3 (hopefully this would not be a main event fight). McGregor is a completely manufactured UFC product. He’s pretty analogous to Hardy, who lost four fights in a row at one point, but was kept by the UFC to promote its business interests in western Europe. McGregor will continue to fight handpicked under card opponents in the immediate future until other western European stars emerge in the UFC besides Michael Bisping.

    • El Gvapo

      Jeez, just how ignorant can you be? You are aware that “Western Europe”, as you put it, consists of many different countries, many of which don’t get along? Small issue of a couple of world wars this past century in which a few people died for starters. Do you think an italian is going to support Dan Hardy? You think a German is gonna give two f**ks about Sakara? Or that a spaniard is going to root for Dennis Siver? You’re an idiot. Not sure where you’re from, but by your mis-informed view of the world I can make an educated guess. They kept Hardy around because he was quite entertaining, people watched his fights (to see him win or lose) and there was no shame in losing to the four fighters he did. Ditto Bisping, he’ll never win the belt but people watch him fight to see him lose. That’s the way he’s played his career, create a heel persona and people will watch. The more people watch, the more cash lines his pocket, and the joke’s on saps like you that lap it up.

      • The Prognosticator

        To answer your question, yes I believe that a person in England or Scotland etc. could be a fan of Conor McGregor and identify with him as a fighter. Just as I was a fan of Hayato Sakurai and Kazushi Sakuraba despite Pearl Harbor. What McGregor does is potentially pique the interests of the public in western Europe, thus creating new MMA fans. That is extremely valuable in any business. I’m glad I cleared this up for you. BTW thanks for all the emotional ad-hominem attacks it really shows how mentally weak you really are.

        • El Gvapo

          I’m European, yet feel no more inclined to watch the UFC if there was another European fighting. I think I speak for most of us when I say I’d rather watch jones, silva, Velasquez etc than Siver, bisping or McGregor.

    • El Gvapo

      And you think nobody in Europe would watch the UFC if there were no European fighters? Fool.

      • The Prognosticator

        Where did I say no one in Europe would watch the UFC if there were no European fighters? I think you need to learn how to read. What I said was that McGregor is good for promotional purposes with western Europeans. I believe it is common sense that a group of people are more likely to watch a sport if they can identify with a particular participant. See Larry Bird entering the NBA when its ratings were at an all-time low ushering in basketball’s renaissance. Due to the low number of skilled western European fighters in the UFC, individuals like McGregor take on a more significant role. What fighter do you know of that has received the hype McGregor has received that has never beaten anyone inside the top 15 and fought only on the UFC under card?

        • El Gvapo

          You intimated that Europeans would watch more events if Europeans are involved, thus showing your ignorance.

          • The Prognosticator

            I believe that, just like I believe more Australian people would watch a UFC event if more Australians were on the card.

          • El Gvapo

            Australia is hugely different. It’s a continent on its own. If you said more Irish people would watch due to McGregor then fair enough, but you didn’t.

          • The Prognosticator

            I have reiterated my view, many times now, that McGregor can peak the interests of people in other western European countries and I believe that…deal with it. Just like you think he can’t…got it. Thanks!

          • El Gvapo

            And I’ve reiterated that your view is wrong and given you ample reasoning as to why. Cheers.

          • The Prognosticator

            The only reasoning you have given is that you think that my argument is incorrect…terrific reasoning. I refuted your analogy and you never even answered the question I asked you about McGregor…Niceties aside, I’m done arguing with an idiot…have a nice day moron.

          • Wolf Ticket

            Your argument is wrong when you say “You do know that people of Irish heritage live in other countries too right?” and you were saying it’s about western Europe. There is no such thing as “western Europeans”, but people of Irish heritage live all over the world, and there are much more of them in the US, than in say France or Spain.

          • The Prognosticator

            Yes, however, if that Irish person talks to anyone else in another European country about his affinity for MMA as a result of Conor McGregor that creates a new fan. That’s what he brings to the table. He will get others interested. In that particular region, where there are few UFC caliber fighters. Fans that greatly admire Conor McGregor and tout the UFC as a result can, and likely will bring eyes to the TV sets from not just Ireland. That’s my argument. User “El Gvapo” does not believe that is possible. That’s fine, we disagree.

          • El Gvapo

            You are aware that Europe consists of many different languages and that it’s highly unlikely, for example, that any Irish would be talking en masse to any Greeks about the virtues of Conor bloody McGregor? You’re an idiot, a misguided, blinkered idiot who is making all sorts of remarkable assumptions about European folk. If you’d ever left Alabama then perhaps you would have a broader view of the world.

          • The Prognosticator

            Ad hominem attacks are wonderful, but I like statistics myself. English is spoken by the majority of people in Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Scotland, England.

          • El Gvapo

            Not as a first language it isn’t.

          • El Gvapo

            By your rationale, US interest in mma would be piqued by a highly rated El Salvador. Similar distance as Ireland is to Greece, plus I’m sure English is their second language. Fits the bill nicely.

          • The Prognosticator

            To analogize, look at Russia’s conflict with the Ukraine, it has nothing to do with the rest of the world, however, many other nations (Ex. myself from the United States), now know about it and now have taken an interest in Russian and Ukranian politics as a result. To bring this back to McGregor, it is admitted that new fans in Ireland will be made as a result of McGregor. If McGregor keeps winning, the Irish people will continue to tout him where ever they find themselves. Many will find themselves in western Europe, an area the UFC is trying to create a fanbase. This touting of McGregor to others or the sport of MMA in general, will bring new fans that the UFC heretofore could not reach. As a result, McGregor winning fights is good for business.

          • The Prognosticator

            You’re argument that not one single person in a western European country other than Ireland can become an MMA fan because of McGregor is patently ridiculous. You do know that people of Irish heritage live in other countries too right? And they talk to other people in those countries right? Enough said.

          • El Gvapo

            No, that’s not my argument. You said Europeans would become fans because of McGregor, but now you’re narrowing it down to the Irish to suit your argument.

          • The Prognosticator

            I didn’t narrow my argument at all…I said McGregor can get people interested in MMA that are from other western European countries…please reread the comment you responded to.

        • El Gvapo

          If that’s the case, why don’t they put in an event in Europe which has even a half-decent card with mid-tier fighters on it? They don’t. It’s like saying Canadian or Mexican fighters are only there to pique US interest as you also share a continent.

          • The Prognosticator

            Why is Bisping the headliner on every English card and McGregor was the headliner on the last Belfast card. It’s about getting the public to watch and creating new MMA fans. Again I’ve said this numerous times now, these rare fighters have a more significant role because they create more MMA fans out of the public in a particular area.

          • El Gvapo

            He isn’t. Bisping last fought in England nearly four years ago. And McGregor is from Ireland, Belfats is in a different country. Again, your ignorance knows no bounds. Just stop it now, you’re starting to make yourself look really basic.

          • The Prognosticator

            Belfast – Largest city of Northern Ireland.

          • El Gvapo

            Northern Ireland is a different country to the Republic of Ireland (where McGregor is from). Again, your ignorance is astounding.

  • Maddawgmar

    I don’t know, I think McGregor might be able to dominate Guida. Might be an interesting fight.

    • The Prognosticator

      I think Guida would use McGregor’s lack of wrestling pedigree to his advantage and take him down, take his back, and finish the right via RNC. I’m interested in your view of the McGregor domination scenario. Are you thinking McGregor would utilize movement and his reach to keep Guida at bay while winning the rounds?

      • deepgrim

        i presume he means dominate in the standing. mc gregor is quiet good with his striking distance and control but has never been really tested yet. i believe he submitted a blackbelt in cage warriors with the RNC. i like this fight

      • Maddawgmar

        I think his calm striking and not over committing could keep Guida at bay. He doesn’t have that aggressive always in your face striking that was Pettis’ downfall. I can see him moving and striking. But to be fair, Guida can be Guida and grind with wrestling. I think it would be an interesting fight.

    • uncle

      Guida will run away like he did with Maynard

  • JayBee

    The only way McGregor cries in the cage with Guida, is if he’s bored to tears.