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On December 8, 1981, Clay Guida was born in Round Lake, Illinois, the United States, to Chuck Guida and Debbi Guida.
Clay Guida, or as he is formally recognized, Clayton Charles Guida, has been competing as a professional mixed martial artist since 2003. Clay Guida has participated in competitions such as Shooto, Strikeforce, King of the Cage, and WEC.
The stage name or the nickname of Clay Guida is The Carpenter. It is believed that his nickname symbolizes his nature to outwork within the octagon and also reflects on the hard work required inside the cage to win the bout. Clay Guida is a veteran MMA fighter who has been around for around 15 years. The Round Lake, Illinois-born MMA fighter, has provided numerous memories to the UFC and MMA enthusiasts throughout his career.
During his MMA career, Clay Guida has won several accolades and is believed to have a 37-22 win-loss record. Clay Guida made his professional debut in 2003, but unfortunately, Guida lost in the first round itself via a rear-naked choke. Some of Clay Guida's fights have been included in the 100 Greatest UFC fights list. Scroll down to learn more about the career and personal life of Clay Guida.
Clay Guida is believed to have a net worth of around $2 million.
The annual income of Clay Guida is unknown, but it largely depends on his fights. It is rumored that Clay Guida once earned around $235,000 from one fight alone.
Clay Guida stands tall at 5 ft 5 in (170 cm) and has a body weight of 70 kg (155 lb), as of 2022. Clay Guida competed in the lightweight division from 2003-2013, following which he was in the featherweight division from 2013-2016, but the MMA fighter fights in the lightweight division itself, as of 2022.
Clay Guida was born on December 8, 1981. The MMA fighter will turn 41 in December 2022.
Clay Guida was born into an Italian family to Debbi Guida and Chuck Guida. Clay Guida also happens to be the younger brother of Jason Guida. Jason Guida is a renowned celebrity best recognized for his skills in mixed martial arts. Clay Guida developed an interest in wrestling from the tender age of five and was a student at Johnsburg High School.
Clay Guida also continued wrestling during his time at Harper College. While a student at Harper College, Clay Guida participated in the 67 kg (149 lb) category. The Illinois-born MMA fighter famously won the National Championship in 2001 at 20 while he was still at Harper College.
When it comes to the relationships of Clay Guida, he isn't believed to be dating anyone as of 2022 and is possibly single.
Clay Guida has gained worldwide popularity for his MMA career, having made his debut a couple of decades back in 2003. Clay Guida's first fight was against Adam Copenhaver in Ottawa, Illinois, United States, but the American wrestler lost it in the first round via rear-naked choke. Clay Guida made headlines as an MMA fighter after he built a winning streak of 15 matches on the back of a 3-3 win-loss record. During this time, he also got the nickname The Carpenter.
Clay Guida's win streak halted when he lost a match at the King of the Cage event in 2006. Before being signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Clay Guida competed in the Strikeforce, WEC, and also managed to win the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship. Clay Guida made his UFC debut in a win against Justin James in 2006. The iconic fight also led him to win the Submission of the Night award.
Clay Guida once again made headlines in January 2009 when he defeated the winner of Ultimate Fighter, Nate Diaz, at UFC 94. During his career as a UFC fighter, Clay Guida has locked horns with several fighters, including the likes of Tyson Griffin, the UFC newcomer Samy Schiavo, Marcus Aurélio, Kenny Florian, Mac Danzig, Rafael dos Anjos, Benson Henderson, Chad Mendes, Brian Ortega, Gray Maynard, Bobby Green and many more.
Clay Guida was part of the June 2011 event The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos Finale where he fought against Anthony Pettis and emerged victorious by a unanimous decision, taking his record tally to 29-11. One of Clay Guida's most famous fights was witnessed in November 2011 against Benson Henderson at the UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos. Although Clay Guida lost the fight by a unanimous decision after three rounds, the fight was declared the Fight of the Night.
The veteran UFC fighter has won several awards in his MMA career. These include the inaugural Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, UFC Fight of the Night on six occasions, UFC Performance of the Night once against Leonardo Santos, and UFC Submission of the Night on three occasions. FIGHT! Magazine awarded Clay Guida the Fight of the Year for his match against Roger Huerta in 2007.
At the World MMA Awards, Clay Guida won the Fight of the Year award for his fight against Diego Sanchez in 2009. He was awarded the same award for that very fight by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter as well. During his time as an MMA fighter, Clay Guida has also won the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award on a couple of occasions.
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