|Association||Hellhouse, Jackson's Submission Fighting|
|Weight Class||Lightweight (155 lbs.)|
|Height||5' 7" (170 cm.)|
|Birth Date||December 8, 1981|
|Fighting Out Of||Mokena, Illinois, USA|
|Clay Guida Pictures||Clay Guida's Official Site|
Clayton Charles Guida a.k.a Clay "The Carpenter" Guida is a mixed martial arts fighter currently fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as a lightweight. His brother Jason Guida also competes as a mixed martial artist and is best known for his short stint on The Ultimate Fighter.
At the age of twenty-one Guida went to Alaska and spent six weeks on a 210 ft. trawler fishing for crab and fish off the coast of Alaska.
 Professional Record
|Record||30 - 13 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Hatsu Hioki||Decision (Split)||UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson||1/26/2013||3||5:00|
|Loss||Gray Maynard||Decision (Split)||UFC on FX 4: Guida vs. Maynard||6/22/2012||3||5:00|
|Loss||Ben Henderson||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC on Fox 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos||11/12/2011||3||5:00||Won Fight of the Night|
|Win||Anthony Pettis||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC: The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale||6/04/2011||3||5:00|
|Win||Takanori Gomi||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 125: Resolution||1/01/2011||2||4:27||Won Submission of the Night|
|Win||Rafael dos Anjos||Submission (Jaw Injury)||UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen||8/07/2010||3||1:51|
|Win||Shannon Gugerty||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones||3/21/2010||2||3:40||Won Submission of the Night|
|Loss||Kenny Florian||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez||12/12/2009||2||2:19|
|Loss||Diego Sanchez||Decision (Split)||The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale||6/20/2009||3||5:00||Won Fight of the Night; Fight was awarded the 2009 Bazzie for "Fight of the Year"|
|Win||Nathan Diaz||Decision (Split)||UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2||1/31/2009||3||5:00||Won Fight of the Night|
|Win||Mac Danzig||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 15: Diaz vs. Neer||9/17/2008||3||5:00|
|Win||Samy Schiavo||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon||4/02/2008||1||4:15|
|Loss||Roger Huerta||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale||12/08/2007||3||0:31|
|Win||Marcus Aurelio||Decision (Split)||UFC 74: Respect||8/25/2007||3||5:00|
|Loss||Tyson Griffin||Decision (Split)||UFC 72: Victory||6/16/2007||3||5:00||Won Fight of the Night|
|Loss||Din Thomas||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 8: Evans vs. Salmon||1/25/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||Justin James||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 64: Unstoppable||10/14/2006||2||4:42|
|Win||Joe Martin||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 23: Hot August Fights||8/17/2006||3||5:00|
|Loss||Yusuke Endo||Submission (Armbar)||Shooto 2006: 7/21 in Korakuen Hall||7/21/2006||1||2:47|
|Loss||Gilbert Melendez||Decision (Split)||Strikeforce: Revenge||6/09/2006||5||5:00||Lost Strikeforce Lightweight Championship|
|Win||Josh Thomson||Decision (Unanimous)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie||3/10/2006||5||5:00||Won Strikeforce Lightweight Championship|
|Loss||Tristan Yunker||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||KOTC: Redemption on the River||2/17/2006||1||1:17|
|Win||Joe Jordan||Decision (Unanimous)||XFO 8: Xtreme Fighting Organization 8||12/10/2005||3||5:00|
|Win||Jeff Carsten||TKO (Injury)||IC 9: Purgatory||11/19/2005||1||3:01|
|Win||Dave Lehr Cochran||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||KOTC: Xtreme Edge||9/17/2005||1||2:26|
|Win||John Strawn||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||XFO 7: Xtreme Fighting Organization 7||8/27/2005||2||3:12|
|Win||Jay Estrada||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Combat: Do Fighting Challenge 4||8/13/2005||1||N/A|
|Win||Bart Palaszewski||Decision (Unanimous)||XFO 6: Judgement Day||6/25/2005||3||5:00|
|Win||Alonzo Martinez||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||XKK: Des Moines||5/20/2005||3||N/A|
|Win||Chris Mickle||Decision (Unanimous)||XKK: Des Moines||5/20/2005||3||5:00|
|Win||Alex Carter||Submission||Combat: Do Fighting Challenge 9||5/14/2005||1||2:54|
|Win||Brandon Adamson||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||XFO 5: Xtreme Fighting Organization 5||3/19/2005||1||3:02|
|Win||Clay Guidiolla||Submission (Ankle Lock)||Combat: Do Fighting Challenge 2||2/05/2005||N/A||N/A|
|Win||Dennis Davis||KO (Knee)||MMA Mexico: Day 2||12/18/2004||1||N/A|
|Win||Vito Woods||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||XFO 4: Xtreme Fighting Organization 4||12/03/2004||2||1:19|
|Win||Randy Hauer||TKO (Punches)||EC 60: Extreme Challenge 60||11/12/2004||1||2:25|
|Win||Bill Guardiola||Submission (Ankle Lock)||Combat: Do Fighting Challenge 1||10/23/2004||1||N/A|
|Loss||Gabe Lemley||Submission (Armbar)||XFO 2: New Blood||6/26/2004||2||0:33|
|Win||Jed Deno||Submission (Choke)||UCS 2: Battle at the Barn||5/01/2004||1||3:35|
|Win||Shawn Nolan||N/A||XKK: Clash in Curtiss 5||4/03/2004||N/A||N/A|
|Loss||Dan Duke||N/A||XKK: Clash in Curtiss 5||4/03/2004||N/A||N/A|
|Win||Adam Bass||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||XFO 1: The Kickoff||3/14/2004||1||2:53|
|Loss||Adam Copenhaver||Submission (Choke)||SC 17: Silverback Classic 17||7/26/2003||1||N/A|
Clay Guida, born Charles Guida on December 8th, 1981 in Round Lake, Illinois, burst on to the mainstream MMA scene in late 2006 with a submission victory over Justin James at UFC 64.
Up until that point, Guida had been working as both a unionized and non-unionized carpenter while training and fighting in his spare time, compiling a professional record of 20-6. Hence his nickname, The Carpenter. Carpentry was not his only profession, as he also spent time in Alaska on a crab fishing vessel, but it was MMA that was always in the back of Clay's mind.
Clay found his passion for combat sports through wrestling in high school. He carried his interest on to Harper Jr. College, and though he was not as decorated as some of his colleagues, he helped his team to claim a national title. He also served as assistant wrestling coach for Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, during the 2005-2006 season.
 UFC Career
Guida is renowned for his relentless pressure and unending stamina. He garnered attention for his three-round split decision loss to Tyson Griffin at UFC 72 which many felt Guida won.
In Guida's next fight, he defeated Marcus Aurelio at UFC 74 by decision.
Guida was defeated by Roger Huerta at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale via submission (Rear Naked Choke) in the 3rd round. Most believe Guida was leading on the scorecards going into the third round, but following an intense staredown between rounds, Huerta came out firing and hurt Guida with knees, stunning Guida and setting up the choke.
Guida then defeated Nate Diaz via split decision at UFC 94: Georges St-Pierre vs. BJ Penn 2, winning the Fight of the Night Honors. He would go on to win another Fight of the Night Honors at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale. Though he won the award, he still dropped a Decision (Split) loss to his opponent, Diego Sanchez.
On December 12, 2009, Guida will face off against Kenny Florian who is coming off a failed title shot to current Lightweight title holder, B.J. Penn. The bout will take place at UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez and interestingly, the main event of UFC 107 are the two people who handed both Florian and Guida their most recent losses, at the time of the event. Though by the first round both fighters had bloody lacerations, with Guida having the worst of the two fighters, the fight continued into the second round, where Florian countered with a powerful right hand that crumpled his opponent to the canvas. Florian pounced with a flurry, before working quickly to the back and sinking in a fight-ending Rear Naked Choke at 2:19 into the second round, handing Guida his second consecutive loss.
Coming off of two consecutive losses, Guida was scheduled to next face off against former UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk at the March 21, 2010 UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones, the UFC's first event to be featured live on the Versus channel. Sherk was taken off the card for undisclosed reasons, and Guida's new opponent would be Shannon Gugerty. Guida stayed active from the top throughout the first round and again after a hip-toss takedown early in the second. Gugerty attempted an arm-in guillotine from his back, but without the position to torque the hold, he was forced to let it go. Guida then unloaded dozens of shorts punches to the head and body as his opponent remained pinned against the canvas and fence. Ultimately, when Gugerty tried to circle out of the troublesome position, Guida slapped on an Arm Triangle Choke that forced a tapout at the 3:40 mark of the second round. The submission earned him the Submission of the Night Honors.
Guida's next fight took place at UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen, where he faced Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos. After two fast paced rounds, Guida took his opponent to the mat in the third. Once dos Anjos was pressed against the cage and Guida put a forearm across neck, the ailing Brazilian was forced to tap out. Replays showed no actual submission attempt, and instead, dos Anjos was forced to tap out due to the pain caused by his head and jaw being pushed into the fence. The end came at the 1:51 mark of the final round.
 Ranks and Titles
- Former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion
- 2X XFO Lightweight Champion
- Xtreme Kage Kombat Lightweight Champion
- Combat-Do Lightweight Champion