UFC-Norfolk's Clay Guida knows how baseball's home-run sluggers must feel

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NORFOLK, Va. – Clay Guida thinks Joe Lauzon could have gone on without those follow-up blows. But landing that one solid uppercut still felt pretty good.

On Saturday Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) and Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) met in a lightweight main-card clash that, upon its announcement, had “Fight of the Night” written all over it. Guida, however, made sure it didn’t get that far, and he dropped Lauzon with a clean shot and followed it up with a few strikes to prompt a stoppage at the 67-second mark of Round 1.

The UFC Fight Night 120 win marked Guida’s first finish since 2011 – and first knockout since 2008. It’s safe to say he’s pretty happy with it.

“I don’t think I’ve ever landed a flush knockout – a flush uppercut like that on someone,” Guida told MMAjunkie after the FS1-televised scrap, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va.

“I guess that’s how those professional baseball home-run sluggers feel when they smash one out of the freaking ball park. Because that felt pretty amazing.”

Here’s the blow (via Twitter)

The fight between the two notoriously durable brawlers didn’t turn into the drag-out war that many expected – or perhaps wanted. But for Guida, a longtime admirer of the “awesome” Lauzon, it went pretty much according to plan.

“Joe is one of those guys – you don’t want it to go too long, because he’s so dangerous he can finish a fight at any moment,” Guida said. “I’ve seen him knock guys out, we’ve seen him sub black belts, and we’ve seen him sub very good wrestlers.

“I didn’t want to give it any chance to get out of hand. So we got in there, put some hands on him, and we got our hand raised.”

That is, apart from this one thing.

“I felt like it went a few extra strikes I didn’t want to,” Guida said.

In any case, considering it was the last fight in his UFC contract, Guida picked a remarkably good occasion to find his way back into finishes. And his post-fight handling of it didn’t hurt, either.

“There was a lot at stake in this fight that didn’t know about,” Guida said. “We feel we put a stamp on it and an exclamation point. So, big things to come for ‘The Carpenter’ camp and Team Alpha Male.”

As he’d made clear in the octagon, Guida wants one specific UFC-related meeting now – and that is with UFC President Dana White. Inside the octagon,  though, Guida’s philosophy remains the same: He’s willing to fight whomever those who sign his checks want.

But, now on a two-fight winning streak since his return from a shaky stint in the lower featherweight division, Guida wants any possible competitor to know this one thing.

“We’re back at 155, and the cream is rising to the top,” Guida said. “You guys watch out. ‘The Carpenter’ is coming. I don’t care who’s in front of me. I am the cream of the 155-pound division. You guys better watch out.”

To hear more from Guida, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Clay Guida gets crowd to help with UFC contract negotiations after first finish since 2011

It had been nearly seven years since Clay Guida finished an opponent in the UFC.

But in his 25th promotional appearance, and in what he would later claim was the last on his current UFC contract, “The Carpenter” notched a win worth remembering – right before he turned the Norfolk, Va., crowd into his own personal negotiating team.

It started, as so few of Guida’s wins have, with some slick striking. After stunning Joe Lauzon with an early onslaught, Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) dropped him with a right hand uppercut in the bout’s opening moments, then poured on the punishment with punches and elbows on the mat as a bloodied and dazed Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) held on as best he could.

The beating arguably stretched on a little too long before referee Mike King finally stepped in to call it off just 67 seconds into the first round, but Guida was quick to pull Lauzon to his feet before making his case for a continued UFC existence in his post-fight interview at UFC Fight Night 120.

“A lot of you guys don’t know this, but I’m pretty sure that was the last fight on my UFC contract,” Guida told UFC commentator Jon Anik after the win. “I want to finish my career here, so if you guys want to see ‘The Carpenter’ doing this for several more years, I want each and every one of you guys to get up and cheer, and I want to hear you guys at home, if you want to see me finish my career in the UFC. Because this is the only show in town.”

Guida then mentioned UFC President Dana White by name, saying he wanted to “come visit (White) in (his) office,” which seemed to meet with the approval of the very vocal crowd in attendance at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus.

Of course, the unstated premise of Guida’s request is that, if the UFC doesn’t give him a new contract, he might be forced to finish his career somewhere else, whether he likes it or not. Especially after a first-round stoppage win, there are bound to be other promotions that might be interested in a fighter like Guida, which makes his public appeal for a new deal even more well timed.

It remains to be seen if the UFC will be as interested in the meeting as Guida and the Norfolk crowd appeared to be. But after polishing off Lauzon in violent fashion, he could hardly have given himself a better shot at one more run in the big show.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Clay Guida dominates Joe Lauzon, calls for meeting with Dana White

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In a battle of two veteran brawlers, Clay Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) turned in one of the best performances of his career, battering Joe Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) for a 67-second stoppage.

The lightweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Guida did his thing to start, moving frantically and attacking at all levels. Kicks and punches came as Guida moved in and out of range. As Lauzon tried to settle in, Guida scored a big right hand that stunned Lauzon, and an uppercut sent him crashing to the floor. Guida hopped on top and began unloading huge hammerfists on the floor to a stunned Lauzon. In truth, the fight looked as if it could have been stopped at nearly any point, but Guida continued punching away, eventually moving past the legs and driving in big elbows and forearms to seal the deal.

At the stoppage, Guida popped up to celebrate but immediately embraced Lauzon, as well, seemingly bothered by the need to land so many strikes on the floor.

“Joe and I got in the UFC right around the same time,” Guida said after the win. “He’s someone I’ve always looked up to and a fighter I’ve always enjoyed watching. It was great to compete with him.

“It was awesome to get a win that quick. Any time I can put my hands on someone, which I never do, it’s awesome. It’s like hitting a grand slam in the World Series.”

After the impressive performance, Guida revealed the bout was the last of his current UFC contract and called for a meeting with UFC President Dana White to sign a deal that would allow Guida to finish his fighting career in the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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UFC-Norfolk staff picks: In close fight, who has edge between Anthony Pettis, Dustin Poirier?

Pettis
vs.
Poirier
Brown
vs.
Sanchez
Albini
vs.
Arlovski
Ferreira
vs.
Marquardt
Assuncao
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Lopez
Guida
vs.
Lauzon
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 108-72
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Poirier
(57%)
mbrown2017
Brown
(80%)
albini2017
Albini
(62%)
ferreira2017
Ferreira
(53%)
assuncao2017
Assuncao
(90%)
lauzon2017
Lauzon
(72%)
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 114-66
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
albini2017
Albini
ferreira2017
Ferreira
mlopez2017
Lopez
lauzon2017
Lauzon
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 112-68
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apettis2017
Pettis
mbrown2017
Brown
albini2017
Albini
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
lauzon2017
Lauzon
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 111-69
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
albini2017
Albini
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
lauzon2017
Lauzon
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 111-69
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poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
albini2017
Albini
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
guida2017
Guida
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 109-71
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Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
arlovski2017
Arlovski
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
guida2017
Guida
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 106-74
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
albini2017
Albini
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
lauzon2017
Lauzon
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 105-75
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Pettis
dsanchez2017
Sanchez
albini2017
Albini
marquardt2017
Marquardt
assuncao2017
Assuncao
lauzon2017
Lauzon
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 104-76
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
arlovski2017
Arlovski
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
lauzon2017
Lauzon
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 102-78
poirier2017
Poirier
mbrown2017
Brown
arlovski2017
Arlovski
ferreira2017
Ferreira
assuncao2017
Assuncao
guida2017
Guida
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 101-77
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Poirier
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Brown
albini2017
Albini
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Guida

For the fourth time overall, and first time in Norfolk, the UFC touches down in Virginia this week.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., on the campus of Old Dominion University. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) takes on perennial title contender Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC). The 155-pound bout is a close one with the oddsmakers – Pettis is just a slight favorite. But it’s Poirier who has an overwhelming 8-2 advantage from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, Matt Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) will fight for the final time when he meets Diego Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC) in a welterweight bout. Brown is a 3.5-1 favorite over Sanchez, and he has an overwhelming 9-1 edge from our pickers.

Also on the main card, heavyweight prospect Junior Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on former champ Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC), who will be trying to snap a five-fight skid. Albini is more than a 3-1 favorite and is a 7-3 pick from our staff members. Cezar Ferreira (11-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) is yet another big favorite in his middleweight bout against Nate Marquardt (35-18-2 MMA, 13-11 UFC), and only one of our pickers is brave enough to take Marquardt with the upset, leaving Ferreira a 9-1 choice.

Bantamweight standout Raphael Assuncao (25-5 MMA, 9-2 UFC) is more than a 3-1 favorite and is a 9-1 pick over Matthew Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). And to open the main card, a lightweight fight between Clay Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) and Joe Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) features 24 fight-night bonuses between the two. It’s the closest fight on the card from an odds standpoint, and it’s the closest fight in our picks: Lauzon has just a 6-4 edge.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Poirier, Brown, Albini, Ferreira, Assuncao and Lauzon are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC-Norfolk in-depth breakdown: Stylistic matchups, fight picks, best bets and fantasy studs

MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 120’s main-card bouts.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Dustin Poirier (21-5-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC)

Dustin Poirier

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’9″ Age: 28 Weight: 155 lbs. Reach: 73″
  • Last fight: No-conest with Eddie Alvarez (May 13, 2017)
  • Camp: American Top Team (Florida)
  • Stance/striking style: Switch-stance/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Regional MMA titles
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt
+ 10 KO victories
+ 6 submission wins
+ 12 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Improved overall boxing
^ Cage-cutting, shifting, angles
+ Accurate left cross
^ Dangerous off of the counter
+ Strong inside of the clinch
+ Underrated wrestling ability
+ Excellent transitional grappler
^ Solid submissions and scrambling
+/- Aggressive in exchanges

Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC)

Anthony Pettis

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’10” Age: 30 Weight: 155 lbs. Reach: 72″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Jim Miller (July 8, 2017)
  • Camp: Roufusport (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Stance/striking style: Switch-stance/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Former UFC lightweight champion
+ Taekowndo black belt (3rd degree)
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt
+ 9 KO victories
+ 7 submission wins
+ 12 first-round finishes
+ Good footwork and feints
+ Improved boxing
^ Accurate counter-cross
+ Diverse kicking game
^ Dangerous body attacks
+ Improved wrestling ability
+ Excellent transitional grappler
^ Slick submission setups
+/- 2-1 against UFC southpaws

Summary:

The main event for UFC Fight Night 120 is a potential barnburner between Dustin Poirer and Anthony Pettis.

Comming off of a controversial no-contest with Eddie Alvarez earlier this year, Poirer gets another opportunity against a former champion.

Looking to avoid the role of stepping stone is Pettis, a former kingpin at 155 pound who’s seeking to make a statement in his return to the division.

Starting off on the feet, we have a matchup of two dangerous and diverse strikers.

Poirier, the southpaw, has made significant improvements to his game since moving shop to American Top Team. Demonstrating an excellent awareness of footwork, the Louisianan slugger will now shift his stance for setups or adjust his angles accordingly.

Utilizing this style of shifting to create attack opportunities, Poirier has also shown to sit down more on his punches, giving three fighters their first stoppage losses since moving to lightweight. Whether he is prodding, pulling or returning, everything Poirier throws seems to have a real potency to it.

Still, firepower is a two-way street.

Coming from a taekwondo base, Pettis has been able to bring a spectacular array of kicking attacks into the cage. Balancing out his traditional stylings under the tutelage of Duke Roufus, we have seen Pettis round out his attacks with punches and feints to help set up his fight-ending kicks.

As flashy as some of the kicks on his highlight reel may be, Pettis’ body kick seems to be his bread and butter, and he unloads them from either stance with authority. Considering that his opponent likes to utilize a shell-defense, this could be a strike worth watching for from Pettis.

That said, the former lightweight champion won’t be without trends of his own. Despite having a good radar for most strikes, left hands seem to be Pettis’ common culprit. Given that the left-cross (both coming forward and off the counter) is Poirier’s best punch, Pettis, too, will have to be on high alert inside of exchanges.

Regardless of how heated striking stanzas get, this fire could reach even higher temperatures should it touch the floor.

Both men have quietly developed their wrestling games and possess serviceable takedown abilities in the open and against the fence. Although I give Poirer a slight edge in this department for being the more consistent pursuer of shots, I would not bank on either man comfortably grounding the other.

Furthermore, each fighter does well with creating scrambles once grounded, making ground exchanges even more compelling. Neither competitor is afraid to throw up attacks from their back, nor is he afraid to bait a submission from topside to pass and advance. And with the proven grit that is attached to their technical savvy, I suspect that both men will be hard to submit soberly.

With Las Vegas odds slightly favoring Pettis, I can’t say that I disagree.

Not only does Pettis have multiple paths to victory, but he is also the more proven five-round product. Poirier, who tends to give a little too much of himself at times, could find himself in troublesome spots should he not manage his approach wisely.

However, should the Louisianan avoid the big shots early and stay present at the steering wheel, I see his pressure-fighting approach paying dividends both stylistically and on the scorecards. Pettis has the propensity to fight in between the fence and inner-black octagon lines, which also just so happens to be where Poirier makes his money (whether it be by strikes or takedowns).

If Poirier is allowed to reach his cruising altitude, Pettis could quickly find himself reacquainted with the wrong side of pressure. For that reason, I will reluctantly side with Poirier in what I feel will ultimately be a back-and-forth war.

Whichever side you are on, I suggest caution in playing it; this is a gunfight, folks.

Official pick: Poirier by decision

Official outcome: To be determined

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Joe Lauzon knows you want 'Fight of the Night' for him and Clay Guida, but he won't chase it

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Joe Lauzon remembers the MMAjunkie headline when his fight against Clay Guida was announced in August: “Write the bonus check now,” it declared.

No pressure, right? But it’s a perfectly reasonable expectation of a headline, one would think. After all, Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) is the UFC’s all-time leader in bonus checks with 15, which have totaled out to more than $700,000 extra disclosed cash for him in his 24-fight career with the promotion. Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) has 24 fights in the UFC, as well, and has nine bonuses of his own.

Given the pair’s propensity for finishes, and propensity for being just as active in the 14th minute as they are in the first, Lauzon has to understand why everyone is expecting a typical barnburner from them at UFC Fight Night 120, which takes place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, and Lauzon-Guida open up the main card.

But Lauzon is adamant he can’t go chasing after a bonus check, akin to a baseball power hitter trying to hit a homer.

“The $50,000 matters, but when you go chasing after something like that, generally you don’t catch it,” Lauzon told MMAjunkie on Wednesday ahead of the fight. “I haven’t done as well in bonuses in the last eight fights or so. Before, it was like almost every single fight, I was getting a bonus. I got 10 bonuses in my first 13 (UFC) fights, I think. It’s slowed down. But I was never looking for it. They were just happening on their own. They were happening organically.

“I think it’s going to be the same thing (against Guida). I’m not worried, ‘Oh, I’ve gotta go out there and get a bonus.’ No. I’ve got to go out there and win a fight.”

Lauzon debuted in the UFC in 2006 and shocked former lightweight champion Jens Pulver with a 48-second konckout. That was his first bonus. In his first 14 UFC fights, he had 12 bonuses. There only were three events he didn’t pocket an extra award check, but he made up for it on one of them by grabbing a double bonus in 2012 for his UFC on FOX 4 submission of Jamie Varner, which also won “Fight of the Night.”

But he’s right – the bonuses have slowed down. In the past four years, he only has three. That’s a great career for some fighters, but we’re talking about Joe Lauzon here – the bonus king. The stretch also has been an up-and-down period for him with a 5-5 record. For the past eight fights, he’s alternated wins and losses, and he’s coming off a majority-decision setback against Stevie Ray in April.

So naturally, he’s due against Guida, who recently returned to lightweight after a run at featherweight. Guida is a 50-fight veteran. Lauzon has 40. They’ve both been in the UFC for more than a decade and debuted one event apart in 2006. How they’ve missed meeting up over the years is merely a fluke, it seems.

“I was excited,” Lauzon said of the call about the matchup. “You always see these guys that have been around for a long time and go, ‘I wonder how it would go against that guy.’ A lot of those guys, I’ve fought now. I’ve fought Jim Miller twice, I fought Diego (Sanchez), I fought a lot of these guys. But it never worked out with Clay, and I was excited for it. We’ve both been around for so long and it’s just great that we’re going to get to see how it actually would play out.”

But if you want that back-and-forth 15-minute war, like both Lauzon and Guida have demonstrated they’re more than happy to be involved in in the past, Lauzon doesn’t necessarily want to oblige you.

Sure, he’ll go down that road if that’s how it plays out. But when he fought Sanchez at UFC 200, everyone expected the same kind of brawl, and Lauzon took yet another bonus for a quick stoppage.

“In and out (is what I want). In and out,” Lauzon said. “We can go in there and have a three-round brawl, or we can go out there, like when I fought Diego – that was pretty much a perfect fight for me. I clipped him right off the bat, and TKOd him in like a minute and a half. That was great. … Quick, easy fight is the best for me. I know the fans and the UFC would like to see a little bit longer fight and us really go at it and test it each other. But for me, I want a flawless victory – go out there and bang him with a hand and catch him in a guillotine or something.

“… Maybe we’re both going to be bleeding all over the place. I don’t know. But that’s not what I’m looking for. If it happens, I’m all about partaking. We’ll go for it. But we’ll see what happens.”

For more from Lauzon, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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24 is the magic number for UFC Fight Night 120's Clay Guida and Joe Lauzon

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Clay Guida and Joe Lauzon have been fighting in the UFC for 11 years and never fought each other.

Of all the places they’d end that streak, Norfolk, Va., doesn’t seem like a leading candidate. They seemed to have been chugging along fine fighting everyone but each other.

The UFC couldn’t hold off forever, though.

Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) and Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) are a few days away from finally exchanging fists Saturday on the FS1-televised main card of UFC Fight Night 120. With 24 octagon bouts apiece and 24 post-fight bonuses between them, they’re two of the most experienced and rewarded UFC competitors to ever face off.

“It’s going to be fireworks in there, and everybody knows it,” Guida said. “This fight has been a long time coming. Somehow, Joe and I have always just maybe missed each other. You know we’d never dodge anybody.

It had never been offered to me, and I’m sure it had never been offered to him. I jumped right at it, just like I’m sure he jumped at it.”

Don’t tell Guida the fight should have happened a decade ago. You’ll make him feel old.

Guida might be 35, but he’s feeling better now than he did a decade ago. Every part of his job has been maximized for efficiency. There’s no more of the waste that comes with youth.

He ventures the thing that’s kept him going this long is his work ethic. He is always training and improving in the gym. He also might have some really good genetics.

It’s long past the time Guida and Lauzon were considered hot up-and-comers with the potential to fight for a title. But Guida said there’s still time to get back to that status, no matter how crowded the lightweight division is with new and established talent.

“Here’s the deal – I left the UFC lightweight division a few years ago to go down to 145 for star power,” he said. “I was probably No. 3 in the rankings. I had back-to-back decision losses to Benson Henderson, who went on to be the champ, Gray Maynard, who was almost the champ – those are arguably two of the best guys in the world at the time, and I lost razor-close decisions.

“I left on my terms. I left in the top three or four, and I’m going to be back in the top one or two within the year. I’m coming for all these jokers and clowns and hot shots that think they’re tough.”

For more from Guida, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 120 in Virginia

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 event in Virginia.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 120 staff picks we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier

Records: Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) vs. Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC)
Past five: Pettis 2-3, Poirier 4-1
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: Pettis No. 11, Poirier No. 13
Odds (as of 11/06/17): Pettis -125, Poirier +105

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Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez

Records: Matt Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) vs. Diego Sanchez (27-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC)
Past five: Brown 1-4, Sanchez 2-3
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/06/17): N/A

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Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski

Records: Junior Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC)
Past five: Albini 5-0, Arlovski 0-5
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/06/17): N/A

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Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt

Records: Cezar Ferreira (11-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. Nate Marquardt (35-18-2 MMA, 13-11 UFC)
Past five: Ferreira 3-2, Marquardt 2-3
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/06/17): N/A

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Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez

Records: Raphael Assuncao (25-5 MMA, 9-2 UFC) vs. Matthew Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Past five: Assuncao 4-1, Lopez 4-1
Division: Bantamweight
Rankings: Assuncao No. 4
Odds (as of 11/06/17): N/A

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Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon

Records: Clay Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) vs. Joe Lauzon (27-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC)
Past five: Guida 2-3, Lauzon 2-3
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/06/17): N/A

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For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2530 with Joe Lauzon, the other Jon Jones, Eric Nicksick

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Joe Lauzon, Jon Jones and Eric Nicksick.

Lauzon fights CLay Guida at UFC Fight Night 120 in November in Virginia – and he’s still hungry for bonuses. Jones – the one who is not the embattled former UFC champion – talked about constantly being mistaken on social media for the fighter. Xtreme Couture’s Nicksick co-hosted the show in the studio.

You can stream the entire episode at AudioBoom.com or listen below.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Jon Jones (not that one), Joe Lauzon, Eric Nicksick, Jason Buchamer

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Jon Jones (not that one), Joe Lauzon, Eric Nicksick and Jason Buchamer.

Jones the game developer (not to be confused with Jon Jones the UFC fighter) has become an MMA semi-celebrity of sorts due to his humorous @jonjones Twitter account. Lauzon fights Clay Guida at UFC Fight Night 120. Nicksick, our in-studio guest host, is Xtreme Couture’s general manager and head coach. Buchamer, MMAjunkie Radio’s former intern, recaps the latest “The Ultimate Fighter 26” happenings.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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