After I beat Diego, I feel like I've fought the toughest competition in the lightweight division in the two and a half years I've been with the UFC. People see my record, and 5-3 is nothing great. But people who have seen my losses know that every time I fight, I put on a show. I've lost a few close ones. Roger got the best of me, in a fight that he deserves. That was a turning point in my career. They guaranteed Diego a title shot if he beats me, but he's not getting that title shot. I know I'm ready for a title shot. I fight better for better opponents. I'm going to outwork everyone in my division, I'm going to outwork the champion, and one day, I'm going to have that belt around my waist.
UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida, who is riding the biggest win of his career over surging lightweight Nate Diaz at UFC 94 ‘St. Pierre vs. Penn 2′ back on January 31, looks to derail the guaranteed title shot of another TUF star in Diego Sanchez when they clash in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 9 finale on June 20. If anyone wants to play fantasy matchmaker, we could be looking at the winner of Guida vs. Sanchez meeting the winner of Penn vs. Florian by year's end...