Clay Guida Says He’s Ready To Climb The Ladder After Beating Hatsu Hioki
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Clay Guida (30-13 MMA, 10-7 UFC) said that he’s ready to move up the ladder after winning by split decision over Hatsu Hioki (26-6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) on the preliminary card of UFC on FOX 6. The event happened at the United Center in Chicago, which was in Guida’s home state. He hadn’t fought in front of hometown fans in almost seven years.
Even though Hioki outstruck Guida standing up, Guida landed a takedown in each round and had success there. He won with a score of 30-27 and another of 29-28. Hioki won a score of 29-28.
On his fight with Hioki: “Hatsu Hioki is one of those guys, you’re not going to dominate him. I watched (Ricardo) Lamas’ fight with him, and that was the fight I used to pretty much get ready for it. He’s one of those fighters who makes you not look very good. Judging by my face, you wouldn’t even know we won. But I felt good in there. I felt fast. He hit me with a couple body shots. I’m glad he didn’t close the distance on me.
On trying to cut weight: “It went better than planned, but I had my meltdowns a couple times. My dad came out and surprised me in Albuquerque at Christmas and we ate at IHOP. I had a meltdown and ate my steak omelet, my cinna-stack of French toast, and I was eating the food off his plate. I probably blew up 10 pounds while he was in town for 24 hours. Once he left town, I got back to it. I never stuck to a diet. I never cut weight the right way. And sticking to a diet is all (in your head).”
On how he thinks his fight went over: “I thought it was a fun fight. It probably wasn’t the fight everyone wanted to see – I bled again. But I had a couple big slams in there, some big takedowns, some ground-and-pound, the old not-pretty Clay Guida. I got back to some skills I didn’t use in the Gray Maynard fight, which I think was the tell-tale of that. I got back to my wrestling and leg kicks, which I think opens things up for me. He’s just got such a good guard and he doesn’t let you pass very easily. He’s very skilled.”