Clay Guida Says He's Tired of Being in Second Place
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.31.2013
He's done being the underdog...
Clay Guida recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Chad Mendes at UFC 164 and more. Check out the highlights:
On his current position: "It comes down to this: I'm tired of second place. I've been second place my whole life; I've been the underdog my whole life. I'm tired of walking around with disappointment and my head down and thinking what could have been down the road. I'm chomping at the bit for this...It comes down to I'm tired of disappointing myself and my friends and family and coaches and coming up a little bit short. I'm over it, and it's time to move forward in the right direction of becoming a champion. I train like one, and it's time to get in there and get serious."
On Mendes: "He hasn't been in there with someone like me. He's been in there with guys that respect him and let him rest, and he hasn't done the training that I've done. He hasn't been in with the partners that I have. He hasn't been in with the opponents that I've faced. You're going to see a more motivated, more well-rounded Clay Guida."
On Mendes' striking game: "[Mendes is] feeling more confident in his striking. Yes, he's knocked out his last three opponents, and knocking someone out, kudos to you, that's awesome. Once you start getting into the upper echelon of guys, it's a little bit harder to do so."
On what a win could do for him: "I'm not saying a big win of finishing Chad Mendes makes me the No. 1 contender, but it fixes me up in the top two or three outside of my good friend and teammate Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, and ... Frankie Edgar."