I wish I enjoyed doing ANYTHING as much as it appears Clay Guida loves fighting in UFC. He is a ball of unrelenting energy from the moment he leaves backstage until the referee raises his hand inside the octagon. He appears to be inconvenienced by the breaks between rounds. I imagine Guida could run on a treadmill until the bearings ground to dust.
Frantic lightweight Clay Guida reflects on his "Submission of the Night" winning performance over Takanori Gomi. "The Carpenter's" erratic movement confused and frustrated "The Fireball Kid" in the early going but once he found his range, he hurt Guida enough to force the caveman to go back to his roots -- his wrestling game.
I spoke with Luke Thomas, host of MMA Nation, about this subject during his radio show on Sunday night. We differed in our views on Guida's wild thrashing about during the match. Thomas believes it to be a result of Guida's training with Greg Jackson; We know Jackson likes for his fighters to avoid damage and "fight smart." I don't know if all that head movement was part of some master plan. Guida seems to have a grand piano in his chin at times. He has had no issue absorbing punishment as he closes on an opponent in the past.
Perhaps all that movement was just an outlet for what seems to be a limitless source of energy and passion that Guida has for fighting. To me, it was just vintage Carpenter.
I'll try and get to my point. ...
I had eight people over my house to watch UFC 125. Including myself there were probably three of us who were true mixed martial arts fans. Everyone else was there to smoke and joke, watch guys pound on one another. These are people you want to MAKE into MMA fans. They were all quiet during the preliminaries on Ion. Conversations were held on a variety of other topics, including the NHL Winter Classic, the NFL playoffs and who had already seen "True Grit." All of that ended when Clay Guida stormed the arena. Everyone in the room was transfixed by his energy. Amused by his wild hair and frantic body movement. Intrigued by his excitement. By the time one minute had passed, Clay Guida had made five new fans -- five people who asked me "who is this guy" and "when is he fighting again?"
Lots of fighters bob and weave. Lots of fighters have good cardio. Lots of fighters can take a punch. I'd wager none of them do it with the intensity that Guida brings. I read these two comments on the aforementioned MMAMania.com: