by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
While he proudly
carries the nickname "The Carpenter" into the cage, Clay Guida may
soon have to take up the moniker of "TUF Killer," as he defeated his
second straight "Ultimate Fighter" winner. On Saturday night at UFC
94, he picked up a win over season 5 champion Nate Diaz.
Guida controlled the
pace of the fight at almost every turn, frustrating Diaz with his clinch work
and takedowns. While the Chicago resident was mindful of his opponent’s ground
game, he never felt in any danger from the Cesar Gracie student’s submissions.
"I felt actually
very comfortable in his guard," Guida told
MMAWeekly.com after the fight.
"Everyone knows his triangle, that’s his move and that’s his bread
and butter, and we passed his legs.
He probably outstruck me a little bit, but we got the big slam and we
kept the fight where we wanted to."
The striking game was
the one area that Guida was critical about when it came to judging his
performance. In the third round,
Diaz was able to use his reach advantage to pepper Guida with jabs before
"The Carpenter" got back in control with his grappling game.
satisfied with my striking, he seemed like every time I’d throw a right or
something, he would come in, a little more elusive, a couple more inches away
from me," Guida stated. "I’m 5’7", I’m definitely not the
tallest guy in my weight class, but we’re working on those hands."
Winner of three fights
in a row and his fifth win overall in the UFC, Guida is hoping the New Year
will bring big things for his career as well.
"Each one is more
important than the last," Guida said about the win. "It’s just a little hint of what’s
to come in ’09."