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I’ve always been impressed with Clay Guida, and that was before I realized he’s small for a lightweight. Check out these two snippets from interviews with him:

“Me and my brother (fellow MMA fighter Jason Guida) were contemplating, ‘man am I going to have to go up to 170?’ you know? Because for a while they didn’t have the 155’s. Granted I’m a small 155er but I fight with a lot of heart and a lot of emotion. You know for a while there I didn’t think I was going to get the call and when I did-I think it was well deserved. I put the time in the smaller shows to really be tested on a higher level of competition, and you know, I did everybody proud and I did myself proud. Now that’s behind me and I’m looking to the future. That’s what I think a true champion is made of. What’s next, what’s coming up?” says Guida.

Just 5-7, Guida has no problem making 155.

“I don’t even cut weight. I could be down to weight in a day. Obviously my height helps me to be down to weight but I don’t really ever get too out of hand that way. That way I can put the extra time in the gym as far as instructional and technique rather than having to worry about being in the sauna, getting extra workouts in to keep my weight down. That’s pointless to me.

After reading this and going over his fights, I gotta say: Clay is freakin’ crazy fighting at lightweight, and he’s gotta update his arsenal and get away from chokes. In one article he refers to chokes as his ‘bread and butter’, and while that might be fine and dandy on the independent circuit (or against Frank Trigg), the majority of top guys in the UFC are nearly unchokable. Just look at Sean Sherk, who barely has a neck to choke. And Aurelio is one of the greatest BJJ fighters in MMA, meaning he could fend a mean rear naked choke even if he was in a vegetative state.

All in all, I think this fight might be a set up … I think Zuffa might be looking to have Guida down in the WEC at 145. And I can’t say I disagree with that line of thinking … I think Clay would be an insane force at 145, and possibly the only guy out there right now without slanty eyes who could beat Urijah Faber. Of course, being a true Guida maniac, I’ll be rooting for him all the way on Saturday. But knowing he’s got a weight class to cut down to makes me much less worried for his career if he loses.

Apparently there’s no such thing as working internet in Georgia. I’m back in Tennessee now so things should return to normal, and we’ll be attempting to record a radio show over Skype or something tonight, although no promises on that working.

I’m amazed. Literally amazed. After all the shit we’ve said on the site over the past year, I never imagined that shitting on an Athletic Commission would get me the most heat. People have been ripping into me on a variety of different websites, mainly over my comment that a digital sphygmometer wasn’t used. So okay, here I go to clarify my issue with the situation. My issue wasn’t that a digital sphygmometer wasn’t used … it was that the commission was so hellbent on flunking fighters that they weren’t even willing to retest fighters. Oh, and that they denied half the fucking card. Yeah, that doesn’t seem unusual at all!

Michael Mazzulli said in an interview with The Fight Network Saturday that a number of fighters flunked pre-fight exams taken after weigh-ins Thursday at the Mohegan Sun. He declined to detail which fighters on the nine-bout card failed their tests, which ranged from eye exams to heart rate exams to drug testing.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to discuss medical issues,” Mazzulli said. “I don’t think it’s fair. I look out for the best interest of the fighters.”

Mazzulli said it was initially his call to cancel the card because there weren’t enough bouts left after testing was done.

Okay people: let’s play a game I like to call “Basic Math”. If Johnny has 9 mixed martial arts bouts, how many fighters have to be denied medically to cancel the event? We’re talking a minimum of four fighters, and that’s if the fighters being denied are all in separate matches. So far we only know about Mark Kerr and Edwin DeWees. Everyone’s already saying it’s perfectly fine for Mark Kerr to be suspended because he has a history of drug use. Hell, even the Mohegan Sun commission head said this on the subject:

“I feel for these fighters that are in the twilight of their careers and may have made some bad mistakes over the years,” Mazzulli said. “But at least you’re going to wake up tomorrow.”

Yeah, that doesn’t sound judgmental at all.

Anyways, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a major MMA event being canceled because so many fighters failed medical tests. Considering the caliber of the fighters booked and their history of being cleared in other areas, I’m really interested in knowing the specifics of how so many of them were denied.

Clay Guida gets way more grief than he deserves. Between getting fucked over by decisions and being matched with the best names in the lightweight division, you may have thought it couldn’t get much worse for this guy. Well, now it looks like the next screwjob won’t even be televised … it’ll likely take both the GSP-Kos and Couture-Gonzaga bouts ending quick for Guida-Aurelio to be shown on the UFC74 ppv. And unless Gonzaga kicks Randy’s head off his shoulders 4 minutes into the first, I wouldn’t expect that one to end quick.

I’m not the only one bitching about this. Sam Caplan and half the people on MMA forums agree too. The only thing keeping me from hijacking a Boeing and making demands is the fact that UFC74 is so unbeleivably stacked. It’s one thing to stick Guida on the undercard when you’ve got shit like Ed Herman vs Chris Price being aired. But I really can’t justify bumping any of the main card fights to make room for Guida. So I guess I’ll just sit here and bitch about it, and pray that Joe Stevenson gets hit by a truck or something, making room for Clay’s fight to be aired.

Every time I get sad because PRIDE is dead, I just turn to Dream Stage Entertainment’s other offspring, HUSTLE. I’ve already talked about how totally awesome HUSTLE is, but I figured it’s worth saying twice … plus I found a new video with a bunch of awesome HUSTLE moments. And yes, that is Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman at 3:30 in. And yeah, I guess they don’t have any dignity.

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