There’s nothing more embarrassing than a case of mistaken identity.

In the fighting world, that might mean a grappler is assumed to be a striker, or vice versa. Yet, for Portsmouth, England’s Phil “Billy” Harris, he’s lived with the outcome of a Freudian slip for more than a decade.

“My first trainer misheard my name Phil and thought I said Bill!” recalled the 30-year-old UFC fighter with a laugh in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “From that day on, he called me ‘Billy,’ as he thought it sounded more like a fighter than Phil.”

After 34 professional MMA bouts and even more judo matches, Harris has found mixed results at the sport’s highest level thus far. He fell via submission in his short-notice promotional debut, but he bounced back with a win over Ulysses Gomez in front of a “hometown” crowd in London.

“Gomez was a tough fight,” Harris explained. “I had to stick to a game plan for that fight, which didn’t make for an exciting fight, but it got me the win I needed.”

The win over Gomez propelled the judo black belt to a contest against top 10-ranked Brazilian John Lineker in October. Unfortunately for Harris, he succumbed to a vicious body shot in the fight’s opening round, dropping his UFC record to 1-2.

“I got caught up in trying to have an exciting fight rather than putting together my game plan,” admitted the Gym 01 product. “I’ve learnt from that loss.”

Harris is set to make his fourth appearance inside the Octagon on March 8 at UFC Fight 37 in London against Louis Gaudinot. Harris holds a significant experience advantage over his American opponent, but does it give him an edge against his green-haired opponent?

“Not as much as you’d think,” said Harris. “When you get to this level, everyone is ready. He’s very tough, a good all-rounder!”

Given Harris’s background in judo, many fight fans might expect his fight game to shadow that of women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Although more than half of Harris’s 22 career wins have come by way of submission, that doesn’t mean he’s a one-dimensional fighter.

“Some judo guys just can’t put their judo into effect while getting punched and kicked,” declared the flyweight. “I’m happy to stand and bang the whole fight.”

If Harris is true to his word come Saturday, then the London crowd will quickly forget about his contests with Gomez and Lineker. And as with so many fights in the 125-pound division, fans would be advised not to blink.

“I just go to fight and do my thing,” proclaimed Harris. “It’s going to be a great fight.”

Phil would like to thank everyone that has helped him: Gym 01, JY Nutrition, Gill Leeman Sports Massage, Crossfit Southern Legion, Funky Gums, Intensiti Fight Management and, of course, his wife Deb. Follow Harris on Twitter: @Philharrismma