Clay Guida: I want to take Kawajiri into 'deep water and see what he is made of'

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Lightweight turned featherweight competitor Clay Guida discusses his UFC Fight Night: Abu Dhabi matchup against Tatsuya Kawajiri, as well as his strategy to take the Japanese fighter into 'deep water.'

The UFC is currently on a two-week hiatus ahead of their anticipated return to Abu Dhabi, where they have not been since the infamous UFC 112 PPV card in 2010. Apart from an exciting heavyweight main event between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Roy Nelson, the card will feature a co-main event between featherweights Clay Guida and and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Guida, who is 1-1 since debuting in the featherweight division, spoke with Inside MMA regarding the upcoming match-up, and gave his thoughts on "Crusher's" potentially difficult weight cut.

"You know, Kawajiri poses a number of problems; his strength, the fact that he is coming down a weight class." Guida said. "He made his debut in the UFC at 145lb, but I heard he looked a little sucked down with the weight cut, so I am hoping he hasn't a hard time making weight again."

I'm a 55er in a 45er's body so I have an easier time making it. I thought the transition to 145lb that I'd be a little stronger, but I am still kind of undersized, I believe, for the featherweight division."

While Guida is anticipating a tough fight, he is looking to test Kawajiri's endurance and stamina, particularly in the later rounds, as is typical of "The Carpenter."

"He is very strong on top. I believe he is gonna have a hard time taking me down and we know my gas tank - it is going to be above fold. We'll be ready to go three rounds hard and exciting pace, and to take him into deep water and see what he is made of. "

Watch the entire clip below:

UFC Fight Night 39 takes place April 11 at the DU Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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