Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 10/1/12

After 16 fights inside the Octagon, UFC veteran Clay Guida (Pictured) has announced he’s shedding 10 pounds and dropping to the featherweight division.

“‘The Carpenter’ is going to explore a new job site at the 145 pound division in the new year,” Guida expressed on his management’s official website. “I plan on making a run at the foreman or superintendent position right out of the gates.  I hope you guys packed a lunch.

“It will be nice to finally be one of the bigger guys in the cage. I don’t cut weight at 155, and making 145 will be no problem for me. My fans will get to see The Dude put some royal beatings on everyone in the division. I will not be satisfied until the featherweight belt is mine.”

Guida posted a 9-7 mark while competing at lightweight under the UFC’s watch (29-13 record overall). The 30-year-old’s transition comes on the heels of two consecutive losses, with his most recent coming in a split decision defeat to Gray Maynard in June.

He has never fought for a UFC title.

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