Clay Guida is a UFC Hall of Famer. He was inducted into the HOF for his infamous bout against Diego Sanchez back in 2019. The Sanchez war didn’t go his way – but the glory remained. The two battled on the UFC – TUF 9 Finale to a split decision.
Guida has been with the promotion since 2006. According to his own account the UFC on Espn+ 63 bout was the last on his contract.
“You know what, a lot of people don’t know this, it’s contract time. This is the last fight of a four-fight deal,” Guida said at media day. “So, there’s no pressure on me, but I want to prove to Dana White, to Sean Shelby, to the rest of the UFC world, the fans, that I’m here to stay, that I’m getting better at 40. And, like coach Danny and I always say, the best is yet to come. We’re gonna get another contract in here, we’re gonna go out there and look for a finish like we always do.”
But while Guida wasn’t successful in his attempt to subdue Puelles – he certainly stole the thunder from the main event thanks to his infamous slapping ritual.
Most cornermen give hugs.
— UFC (@ufc) May 12, 2019
Guida had practiced this ritual for years.
Clay Guida’s cornerman slaps the bejeezus out of him before he steps in to fight Roger Huerta. This was in 2007.
— Ryan Hobbs (@RyanHobbsMMA) January 13, 2022
And last night was no different – except for the fact that UFC’s cutman Brad Tate managed to spontaneously produce an unforgettable meme.
— let me taste it (@PowerfullyHorny) April 24, 2022