For the first time in seven years, Clay Guida will be fighting in his home state, and the first time that he is set to fight in close distance to his home city of Round Lake, Illinois. When the UFC enters Illinois for UFC on Fox 6 they will be going to Chicago which gives Guida the home field advantage. Guida has fought all over the world since entering Strikeforce in 2006. Fighting in California, Colorado, Florida, Japan, and Ireland is not the same as fighting near home for Guida however.
For Guida it’s more than just fighting near his origin, because this time he will be able to fight in the place that as he says ‘Michael Jordan built.’ UFC on FOX 6 takes place at the venue affectionately nicknamed the Mad House after the Bulls golden era in the arena. As Guida says the place will be a madhouse when he enters the octagon, since he will have thousands of fans packed into the venue for his fight. The fight is also significant since it could be a resurgence in Guida’s career in his new found weight class.
Guida was on his best winning streak of his UFC career when he reached four with a win over former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Unfortunately in his next two fights he ran into future champion Benson Henderson and former number one contender Gray Maynard. Now, he drops down to 145 and faces top five featherweight Hatsu Hioki. This is a big match for Guida, and he will have to come through with a win if he wants to be a hometown hero.