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Following two straight losses at lightweight, UFC veteran and crowd-favorite Clay Guida has opted for a weight class switch to featherweight. The Illinois native becomes the latest fighter to be added to the rapidly filling UFC on FOX 6 card in Chicago, as he faces Hatsu Hioki.
UFC on FOX 6 is coming along nicely with the quality of fights scheduled for the January 26th show, and this next fight is no different. Clay Guida's featherweight debut will be made in front of his home fans in Chicago, but "The Carpenter" has been dealt a difficult entrance test. Via the Chicago Sun-Times:
Guida, a Johnsburg high school graduate and former wrestler at Harper College, will be making his featherweight debut against 26-5-2 Japanese fighter Hatsu Hioki.
"I’ve never had a problem making 155 [lbs]," the 30-year-old Guida said. "I wrestled at 149 in college, so all I’ll have to do is clean up a few things in my diet. I believe I present a tougher challenge for him than he does for me."
Guida, who is known for his awkward style and memorable wars inside the Octagon, was roundly criticized by the MMA world and UFC President Dana White for his showing against Gray Maynard. It was a bizarre main event that saw Guida almost intentionally avoiding engaging throughout the night. Clay energetically bounced around ... but sadly that was virtually his entire offense from rounds 2-5. Guida was even threatened a point-deduction in the final round after he exited the cage in the middle of the 5th, went back into his locker room, and continued bouncing around from that distance against a furious Maynard.
Hioki came into the UFC widely regarded as the best featherweight outside of the organization. That reputation took a hit when he only managed a split decision over George Roop at UFC 137. He put on a dominant display against Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan. But Hioki's chances at a title shot took a huge hit when Ricardo Lamas defeated him at UFC on FX 4 (coincidentally on the prelim card of Guida vs. Maynard).
Also announced in that Chicago Sun-Times article is a heavyweight fight between Chicago cop Mike Russow and former LSU football player Shawn Jordan. Russow is coming off a TKO loss to Fabricio Werdum, while Jordan dropped a decision to Cheick Kongo at UFC 149. It is likely that both bouts end up on the preliminary card, which will be broadcast on FUEL TV.