Clay Guida does not think about the ‘R’ word of retirement. The mixed martial arts (MMA) OG is 37-years-old and has been fighting for the UFC since 2006.
It has been a long and storied career, where his fight with Diego Sanchez was inducted into the Hall-of-Fame just last month. But, as he inches closer to 40, retirement is still far away according to Guida.
“A lot of other people talk about the big ‘R’ word, retirement,” Guida told MMA Junkie. “That’s as far away for me now as it has been in my career. I’m in better shape now than when I was in 21, I’m in better shape than when I was 25. I am more focused,
“I’m just understanding the game now more than ever. I’m making improvements every camp and every time I step in the cage. I’m just having so much doing this right now and one fight at a time is definitely a good description, and come Saturday you’re going to see a much more improved ‘Carpenter.’”
Not only is he still fighting at 37, but he is still winning. He comes off of a decision win over B.J. Penn at UFC 237. And, at UFC Newark, he will be the co-main event when he takes on Jim Miller. To be this high up on a card again is surreal.
“It’s great to be back towards the top of the card where Jim Miller and I were for al long time,” Guida said. “He’s had longevity in the sport, he’s fought the who’s who and I think we have like nine or 10 mutual opponents. It was just a matter of time until we got in there and tangled horns.
“It’s going to be like a tornado. It is just going to be a matter of time until this fight hits the ground. It’s going to be a whirlwind, it’s going to be like tumbleweeds flying around there. Two masters on the ground, and it’s going to be something to see.”
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