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Clay Guida to make lightweight return vs. Erik Koch at UFC Fight Night 112 in OKC

Clay Guida’s run as a featherweight is over after more than five years. The longtime UFC veteran will return to the lightweight division for the first time since June 2012 when he takes on Erik Koch at UFC Fight Night 112.

The 155-pound bout between Guida (32-17 MMA, 12-11 UFC) and Koch (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) was announced today on FS1’s “UFC Tonight.”

UFC Fight Night 112 takes place June 25 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Guida made his UFC debut way back in October 2006 and spent his first 16 octagon appearances in the lightweight division, where he picked up notable wins over Nate Diaz, as well as former UFC champs Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos.

After back-to-back losses, though, “The Carpenter” dropped to featherweight where he picked up some solid victories but did not come any closer to being a title contender. He went 3-4 in the weight class with his most recent fight being a third-round knockout loss to Brian Ortega at UFC 199 in June.

Koch, meanwhile, has struggled to even step in the octagon at a consistent rate over the past several years. He’s competed just seven times since his promotional debut in March 2011 and was even once scheduled to challenge UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo for the title.

“New Breed” has just one fight in the past three years, but it was a victorious performance. Koch earned a second-round submission of Shane Campbell at UFC Fight Night 88 in May 2016.

The latest UFC Fight Night 112 card now includes:

  • B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Felice Herrig vs. Justine Kish
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Josh Stansbury
  • Ilir Latifi vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Marvin Vettori
  • Carla Esparza vs. Maryna Moroz
  • Clay Guida vs. Erik Koch

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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