When Clay Guida steps into the Octagon tomorrow to face Robbie Peralta, he will do so, having prepared for the bout somewhere else than Jackson-Wink MMA.
Following Guida’s loss to Dennis Bermudez last July, the popular and gritty vet decided it was time for a change. The defeat was Guida’s second in three fights, and left “The Carpenter” out of the top ten featherweight rankings looking in (he’s currently #12).
In a recent interview with UFC.com, Guida relayed he looked a little “predictable” in his fight with Bermudez, and wanted to get some other looks. According to Guida, both Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn were supportive of the decision, and ultimately, he still considers the Albuquerque gym “home.”
Well, Guida decided to spend time training with two of the West Coast’s top teams in the Glendale Fighting Club and Team Alpha Male. While discussing why he eventually selected the California based gyms, in the aforementioned interview, Guida stated:
“My manager and I spoke, and obviously at GFC the striking speaks for itself,” Guida said. “They’ve trained many boxing champions and I have buddies that live near there, so I figured as far as convenience, let’s check it out for a week or two, which I did, and I enjoyed their system and the process of how I was being taught, so I stuck with that. And then I’ve been friends with (Team Alpha Male founder Urijah) Faber for years. We got into this around the same time, we’ve been good buddies for a while, and he’s been asking me to come out to train before I was even in the UFC. So I said all right, let’s check that out too. He’s got an amazing camp, and I had visited them the week that he fought Jens Pulver the first time, and I was out there training and working out with those guys just for fun and I knew they had something special. So I wanted to get back and see how they had developed. It was an extended invite that I took them up on finally.”
There’s no question that both gyms are home to some pretty accomplished fighters. It will be interesting to see how Guida looks against Peralta, and what approaches he takes. The vet also noted that taking guys down and working his top game is what he does “best”, so Peralta’s wrestling could be put to the test.
UFC FN 63 will be hosted by the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.