Clay Guida dropping to featherweight

Updated: September 28, 2012, 12:44 PM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

Longtime UFC lightweight Clay Guida is dropping to the featherweight division.

Guida, nicknamed "The Carpenter," announced his intent to switch weight classes on Friday, via his team's management website.

"The Carpenter is going to explore a new job site at the 145-pound division," Guida said. "I plan on making a run at the foreman or superintendent position right out of the gates. I hope you guys packed a lunch."

Guida (29-13) is coming off a heavily criticized performance against Gray Maynard at a UFC on FX event in June. Typically known as a brawler, Guida circled away from Maynard and refused to engage throughout the fight. Maynard won by split decision.

The 30-year-old has competed in the UFC's 155-pound division since 2006 and holds a 9-7 record in the Octagon. He holds notable wins over ranked opponents Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis.

The decision to drop in weight comes on the heels of his first two-fight losing streak since 2009.

"It will be nice to finally be one of the bigger guys in the cage," Guida said. "I don't cut weight at 155 and making 145 will be no problem for me. I will not be satisfied until the featherweight belt is mine."

The UFC has yet to announce when Guida will officially make his featherweight debut.