It’s An ‘Honor’ For Leonardo Santos To Fight Clay Guida At UFC Vegas 44
Leonardo Santos and Clay Guida are meeting in the octagon this Saturday.
Santos (18-5-1) will verse Guida (36-18) in a lightweight battle on the Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo fight card. Santos said it will be an honor for him to share the octagon with Guida.
Guida is a member of the UFC Hall of Fame for his iconic match up against Diego Sanchez.
“Guida is a legend of the UFC who has already defeated names like Takanori Gomi, Rafael dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis,” Santos said. “The guy has almost 60 fights to his credit and despite being nearly 40 years old — like myself — he is still giving a hard time to many top talents of the division.
“It’s gonna be an honor to share the octagon with him.”
Santos, meanwhile, has already fought nine times in the UFC and suffered only one loss.
Santos signed in the UFC in 2013.
He defeated many opponents, and one of the most notable ones was against Kevin Lee, who he defeated in 2015 via TKO in the first round.
After earning a split decision victory over Adriano Martins, he had a three-year break and came back inside the octagon in 2019 with an impressive first-round knockout.
In 2021, he suffered a knockout loss just a second before the third-round bell against Grant Dawson.
Santos also talked about his teammate and close friend Jose Aldo and said that he did not spend lots of time with Aldo during the preparation because of their rival’s fighting style.
Santos is one of the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters globally and has been competing in the sport for more than 10 years.
“At the beginning, I was just a one-dimensional jiu-jitsu fighter but Aldo, B.J. Penn and Georges St-Pierre helped advise me to be a complete fighter, and I trained hard to improve my stand-up,” Santos said.
“Today, I feel comfortable in any area and I’m going to show that once again against Guida.”