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When you think of UFC lightweight Clay Guida the thoughts of non-stop action usually comes to mind.  He’s known as a fighter whose motor never stops.  As a result, Guida has been involved in some of the most  exciting battles ever in the Octagon.  His upcoming match with Kenny Florian in UFC 107 promises to feature the same kind of action which has made both fighters fan favorites.


But the Round Lake native suffered a split decision loss to Diego Sanchez at the TUF Team US vs. UK Finale.  In a move to help him make the jump to the next level Clay bought a 40-foot RV and headed West to hook up famed trainer Greg Jackson.  “The Carpenter” still considers himself part of Gilbert Grappling and the Midwest Training Center, but he wanted to step outside of his comfort level and engulf himself in training.

Jackson is known as one of the top MMA minds right now, training some of the top names including UFC standouts Rashad Evans, Georges St. Pierre and Nate Marquardt.  Others like Joe Stevenson and Andrei Arlovski have sought Jackson’s coaching to re-invigorate their games.  Guida certainly is banking on Jackson’s magic touch to expand his capabilities, which will be important when considering his opponent Florian is very capable at striking on the feet and working submissions on the ground.


Guida recently told Sherdog radio that Jackson isn’t necessarily reinventing him, but rather re-directing his game.  Guida also said he’s been getting a lot of work with other top fighters including WEC contenders Donald Cerrone and Cub Swanson, as well as fellow UFC 155er Aaron Riley.

Ironically Kenny Florian has also joined with a new trainer, Greg jackson associate Firas Zahabi.  The Montreal based instructor heads Tri-Star Gym and is Georges St. Pierre’s head trainer, but has also formed a union with Jackson sharing their stable of fighters to broaden the selection of good training partners.  Kenflo previously trained with Massachusetts based Mark DellaGrote.  Florian vs. Guida facing off means Zahabi and Jackson will be cornering opposing fighters.

Both Guida and Florian are looking to bounce back from defeat and return to the list of title contenders.  A loss this Saturday means two in a row, and the 155 pound division is so deep that two consecutive losses is enough to take you out of contention.

UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez will be in Memphis, TN at the FedEx Forum this Satuday, December 12, 2009.

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