Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Clay Guida reacts after defeating Hatsu Hioki (not pictured) during UFC on FOX 6 at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Clay Guida: 'The best is yet to come' in my career

Clay Guida returns to the Octagon this weekend to face off against Tatsuya Kawajiri in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi. Guida will look to break out of his current slump, in which he is 1-3 in his last four.

In his last outing, at UFC 164 back in August, Guida was finished by TKO for the first time in his career at the hands of Chad Mendes. Aside from his current slump, Guida was once a can’t miss action fighter who has seemingly turned into a point-machine. His fight with Gray Maynard back in 2012 is considered to be one of the worst fights, let alone main events, in UFC history.

In a recent interview with Fox Sports, Guida promised MMA fans that he still has a lot left in the gas tank:

People have seen the long list of good fights and exciting fights I’ve had. If they’re going to hold it against me, the Maynard fight and Hioki fight, then the best is yet to come is what I tell them. Just hang in there. I’m going to be here a while and there will be some more Fight of the Nights and Fight of the Years for them.

If Guida truly does plan to turn the back the clock and find the exciting style he used to bring into every fight, then fans may come flocking back to ‘The Carpenter’ much quicker than anticipated.

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