Clay GuidaWhen a fighter decides to shed some weight and compete in a smaller division the decision to do so is usually prompted by the struggle to find success. However, in the case of UFC lightweight-turned-featherweight Clay Guida, “The Carpenter” found success against a number of highly-touted peers like Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz, earning a well-deserved reputation as one of the 155-pound pool’s toughest draws.

However, after falling in back-to-back decisions against champion Benson Henderson and former contender Gray Maynard, Guida opted to make the move down to 145 pounds despite each clash being a competitive affair. The 31-year old fan-favorite recently elaborated on his reasoning, stating an interest in scoring stoppages instead of coming out ahead on the scorecards as he has so many times in the past.

“Looking at my record in the UFC, 9-7, it just doesn’t sit well, and I demand more out of myself and I know I can do better and always improve. People see my fighting style, and if they’ve seen my fights, that record could be 15-1 just like that. I think there’s only really one fight that I went out there and it wasn’t even a close fight, and that was the Kenny Florian fight, which helped change my career in a positive way,” explained Guida in an interview with the UFC’s website. “So looking at it as a whole and in the bigger picture of my career, after the Maynard fight I spoke with my brother, who is a huge influence in my life and my career, and he said it might be that time to cut those extra pounds and get down to ’45 and start pushing people around and start knocking dudes out. He said ‘You had some close fights, you stunned Gray a few times and wobbled Ben, but we’ve gotta start finishing these guys.’ So I thought about that, and let it soak in for a while.”

Guida is set to make his featherweight debut on January 26 when he faces Hatsu Hioki at UFC on FOX 6. He will enter the Octagon with an overall record of 29-13 including fifteen submission wins but only four knockouts.