Despite an impressive run thus far inside the Octagon it looks like the UFC’s “Carpenter” has decided to rebuild himself as a 145-pounder. According to a press release from Clay Guida’s management team, the fan-favorite will return to the ring next year as a featherweight in hopes of finding more success in a division his body is better suited for than he did as an undersized lightweight.

“It will be nice to finally be one of the bigger guys in the cage,” explained Guida of the move. “I don’t cut weight at 155, and making 145 will be no problem for me. My fans will get to see ‘The Dude’ put some royal beatings on everyone in the division. I will not be satisfied until the featherweight belt is mine.”

Inspiring his drop down no doubt, Guida is coming off back-to-back decision losses to Gray Maynard/Benson Henderson. While there is certainly no shame in falling to either, the stumbles absolutely affected Guida’s position in the contendership line.

Prior to the slide he’d won four straight scraps including victories over Takanori Gomi and Anthony Pettis. Guida holds an overall record of 29-13 with nineteen stoppages as well as other past triumphs against the likes of Josh Thomson, Bart Palaszewski, Mac Danzig, and Nate Diaz.