OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Clay Guida reacts after defeating Rafael dos Anjos during the UFC Lightweight bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
"It's the fact that I've paid my dues in the UFC. It's my time. I'm going to make him pay [his UFC dues] June 4. It's not out of any rivalry or anything like that, but he's going to realize that it's time to step it up.... He has fought some tough guys. He has wins over Shane Roller and Ben Henderson -- they are tough guys. But I've fought the best in the cage.... Pettis is super tough. He's riding a wave of confidence, he's got the kick heard around the world and he's beaten some tough guys. But I know I've fought and lost to tougher guys than him, and I've beaten better guys than him.... I'm going out there guns blazing. I'm looking to finish this fight. It's important to finish this and not leave it in the hands of judges. I don't want there to be a big question mark at the end of this fight."
- 13-fight UFC veteran Clay Guida is a bit bent heading into his main event fight with Anthony Pettis at The Ultimate Figher (TUF) 13 Finale on June 4, 2011. "The Carpenter," like many other 155-pound fighters who have "paid their dues" plying their trade in the Octagon for years, isn't too happy that "Showtime" was awarded an instant title shot when World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) was merged with the world's leading mixed martial arts promotion. That amazing opportunity, however, never came because lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Mayanrd battled to a draw earlier this year. Rather than sit on the sidelines and wait for "The Answer" and "The Bully" to settle their score, and mend their injuries, Pettis accepted a fight with perhaps the most game fighter competing in the division today. Guida, known for his relentless tenacity and bottomless gas tank, has been in wars with several of the top names in the sport today, including Roger Huerta, Nate Diaz, Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian, among others. He doesn't always win, but he nearly dies trying. Pettis, meanwhile, has done all that has been asked of him, taking out Danny Castillo and Shane Roller, as well as besting Ben Henderson. Not too shabby. But is he in over his head against Guida and the rest of the UFC lightweight division? It seems as if he's not scared to prove Guida, and everyone else who tunes in, very wrong this Saturday night.