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Clay Guida: MMA's hardcore hobbyist

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Clay Guida is always fired up to fight in the UFC Octagon. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

Clay "The Carpenter" Guida goes to work again tonight in the UFC's Octagon against red-hot featherweight Dennis Bermudez. Well, except for the fact that he doesn't consider being a professional fighter, "work."

"I don’t think of this as a job,” Guida told UFC.com.

“It’s a hobby, and luckily we get paid for it. We travel all over, it’s taken me from coast to coast and from one end of the world to the next. I’ve met some amazing people and built some great relationships, and for anyone in this sport or in this industry that thinks otherwise, maybe they expect too much or maybe they’re just not happy with right now and what they have surrounding them. And I’m always thankful for my family and my fans and my health, and the health of those around me. So I’m always in a pretty cheerful mood, even when it’s time to lose some weight. (Laughs)”

The weight-cutting took place yesterday and now that's over and all that's left is for Guida and Bermudez to lock up on the UFC on FOX 12 card tonight in San Jose. Guida thinks highly of his opponent, but is confident that he'll make Bermudez try to find a way out of their bout.

“He’s a little sparkplug, man,” Guida said of Bermudez.

“He’s got a gas tank on him, he hits from all angles, he moves forward and has that wrestling base, and he likes to push the pace. This is going to be a whirlwind and it’s going to come down to who wants it the most. Who’s going to look for a way out? I don’t know what a way out is. That’s not in my vocabulary, and I’m going to show him the door.”

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