Orlando, FL – UFC lightweight Scott Holtzman may be fighting his last professional bout at UFC Orlando and it’ll be against one of the best to ever do it when he steps into the octagon against Clay Guida on Saturday night.
“When a name like that comes across your desk you just have to say…you say yes or you say yes. And you get excited for it. I think for me, on the back end of my career here, potentially my last fight ever. Clay Guida, you know, is an amazing name. Real cool to compete against him,” Holtzman told the press on Wednesday.
“I’ll probably crack a smile when I get in there and see his vintage ugly mug swaying across the octagon. I’m sure I’ll crack a smile and appreciate it for a second, but then ill go after him.”
Holtzman (14-5) just turned 39-years-old and having fought in the UFC since 2015 against some of the best, it seems as though the time to hang up the gloves is near.
“I mean obviously a lot of guys approach their last fight ever knowing, and say hey I want an easy opponent. I want to win. I haven’t done that here obviously. Clay he’s been around for a while and he’s no slouch. He’s good everywhere so I’m not…I’ve competed against the best. I was doing a little reflection this week and looking at all my losses, all 5 of them. The last two losses they just fought in a title eliminator match,” Holtzman said.
“I fought Josh Emmett, he’s up for the title. Fought Drew Dober, lost to him he’s maybe broken some records doing really well. Nik Lentz has been up in the rankings. You can’t say I’m not battle tested.”
At the end of the day Holtzman’s resume will be one of the more impressive ones when it comes to fighting all-time greats, and some that are in their prime on their way to big things.
“I’m up here hanging with the top .001% of guys in the world. I got in the UFC when I was 30-years-old just for fun. I just started fighting people for fun. Then all the sudden I ended up here with world champions, division 1 wrestlers, world champion grapplers and all these guys,” he said.
“I’m hanging in here with these guys. It’s been a hell of a ride. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve been in there with the best.”
Watch the entire media day scrum with Scott Holtzman above. Holtzman takes on Clay Guida at UFC Orlando on Saturday night at Amway Center.