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UFC 225's Clay Guida appreciates Charles Oliveira stepping up, rips 'coward' Bobby Green



CHICAGO – Clay Guida was not surprised when Bobby Green withdrew from their scheduled bout at UFC 225. However, he’s quite pleased Charles Oliveira agreed to step in on short notice.

Green (24-8-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) pulled out of UFC 225 on less than two weeks’ notice, leaving Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) without an opponent. It’s the eighth time in his UFC career that “King” has pulled out of a fight, including one against one of Guida’s Team Alpha Male coaches, Danny Castillo.

Given the history, Guida said he wasn’t taken off guard when the fight with Green fell through. Oliveira (22-8 MMA, 10-8 UFC) is now the man set to stand across the octagon, and despite having a vastly different style, Guida said he’s fine with that.

“Bobby, ‘Bobby Yellow’ I call him, because he’s a coward,” Guida told MMAjunkie. “He ducked out three times against my coach Danny Castillo, so we weren’t the least bit surprised (he withdrew). He’s a taunter, he’s a talker. Very sloppy fighter. Oliveira, I want to thank him for taking the fight on short notice, but I’m going to treat him like he’s Bobby Green. They’re both going down early.”

Given the names Oliveira has fought and his success in multiple divisions, a good argument can be made a win over the Brazilian does more for Guida than Green fight would have. If that’s the case, that’s a good thing for “The Carpenter,” who is looking to push himself up the 155-pound rankings.

Guida is 2-0 sincere moved back up to the lightweight division from featherweight in June, and he hopes his current run is the one that takes him all the way to his elusive title shot.

“I was very healthy at 145,” Guida said. “Just with the diet I wasn’t enjoying the camp as much. At 155 I’ve always had the most fun. I’ve beat the best in the world, I’ve lost to the best by razor-thin decisions, split decisions. Close ones. 55 is my home.

“I’ve been No. 1 contender before, but I haven’t been in that big dance. I haven’t been in that title fight before and I know I can do it here.”

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