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Clay Guida set for featherweight debut with new opponent

Clay Guida said he would drop to 145, and he has a chance to make a big impact in his debut. Guida will be taking on none other than former top contender Hatsu Hioki in his debut. This bout takes place at UFC on Fox 6 which is headlined by a flyweight title match between the inaugural 125 champion Demetrious Johnson and current number on contender John Dodson. UFC on FOX 6 takes place on January 26th in Chicago, Illinois.

Clay Guida finally decided to make the drop to 145 after a disappointing loss to Gray Maynard, and prior a number one contenders match with current lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Before that “The Carpenter” pulled off a UFC career best four straight wins, which includes Pride 155 stalwart Takanori Gomi and former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Guida has always been a decent fighter, but he has never challenged for a title outside of Strikeforce. He hopes that dropping in weight will lead to a title shot, and with a dominating performance over Hioki he could be well on his way.

Hatsu Hioki entered the UFC with the hopes of many that he would eventually challenge longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Unfortunately, his success outside the octagon did not translate inside the octagon. The only time he looked great is when he fought in Japan and dominated Bart Palaszewski. Besides that fight he took a split decision over George Roop and was beaten by Ricardo Lamas. While none of those fights were inspiring he still has the chance to make something of himself within the octagon. To prove it he will have to beat Guida, but that is a tough task. We will know what happens once January 26th gets here.

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