A lot of fans like to go down a linear path when it comes to predicting upcoming fights. In other words, they look at a match-up and see if the two fighters have a common opponent. If they do, they look at the results. If one fighter beat that common opponent and the other lost, they instantly favor the guy with that one win.

Sometimes, that line of thought can get ingrained into the minds of fans, media and even fighters. We tend to forget that styles make fights. Louis Gaudinot finds himself in a situation like this as he heads into his fight with Phil Harris on Saturday. That doesn’t mean that he believes in this line of prognostication, however.

“I’m not buying into the whole MMA math saying I beat [John] Lineker and Lineker beat him, so I should beat him,” Gaudinot told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview.

In his flyweight debut, Gaudinot defeated Lineker by submission a couple years ago at UFC on Fox 3. Lineker, meanwhile, claimed a TKO victory over Harris in October 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30. For a while, it seemed as though Gaudinot might have been on the fast track for a UFC title shot.

After he beat Lineker, the native New Yorker sat on the sidelines and watched as the Brazilian went on an absolute tear, knocking out opponents left and right. Gaudinot was out with an injury and didn’t fight for more than a year after his victory over Lineker. Last fall, Gaudinot returned to the cage against Tim Elliott.

With Lineker so close to a title shot, it made sense that if Gaudinot could have gotten that win, he could have been in line for his own crack at the UFC gold against reigning champion Demetrious Johnson. It wasn’t meant to be, though. Gaudinot fell short in that bout in August and dropped the unanimous decision verdict to Elliott.

“I had a lot of momentum coming off of that Lineker win,” Gaudinot admitted. “If I would have had a good performance and they offered me a title shot, I would have taken it. I was just really disappointed with my last performance.”

Gaudinot has taken the loss in stride. The goal now is simply to continue to improve his game.

“I have to keep improving as a martial artist,” Gaudinot said. “Not just my wrestling or my striking, but everything. If you look at who the champion is in the division, he has no holes in his game. So if you want to make it a serious match, you have to make sure you are well prepared.”

Gaudinot certainly has had the time to prepare. He has had a nearly seven-month layoff since the loss to Elliott, and he is looking to get back in the right direction against Harris this weekend.

An interesting factor to this fight is that Gaudinot is heading into enemy territory. Harris is a native of Portsmouth, England. With this weekend’s fight taking place on the UFC Fight Night 37 card in London, Gaudinot probably won’t be the fan-favorite in this one.

“I’m not too worried about the boos,” Gaudinot explained. “I’m a big fan of big-personality fighters. And if I put on a good performance and win, I’m sure a lot of those boos will turn into cheers.”

A bad weight cut is another thing that could plague a fighter when he takes a long trip overseas for the first time. The scale can sometimes reveal itself as an even bigger enemy for a fighter than any man standing on the opposite side of the cage.

“I’ve got my weight cutting down to a science,” Gaudinot said, “I’m comfortable and confident with that.”

The time difference in Europe also has been something that has thrown fighters off in the past, but it might end up being an advantage for Gaudinot.

“I know a lot of fighters train in the afternoon or at night, but my team trains in the morning because I have my school to run the rest of the day,” Gaudinot explained. “By the time I fight over there, it will be morning here. So, I think that it might end up being a good thing.”

The 29-year-old Gaudinot is excited by the idea of fighting on foreign soil, but one possible detractor is that the fight is only airing on UFC’s Fight Pass online subscription service here in the United States. It is certainly the biggest fight card to take place on the online service to date, but other fighters have expressed concerns when it comes to getting sponsorship dollars given less potential exposure.

“At first, I was a little concerned about it,” Gaudinot confessed. “But I have some good sponsors that stick behind me, and I think my green hair kind of works to my advantage. The money isn’t the same as being on pay-per-view or national television, but I don’t have anything to complain about.”

Gaudinot is looking to take that notoriety from the hair and combine it with a great performance to become a guy who will be consistently featured on pay-per-view and national television.

“I want to put on a good performance so no one has anything to complain about,” Gaudinot said.

“Goodnight” even suggests that commissions could save a bit of money by giving the judges some time off when he is in the cage.

“I never want to leave it in the hands of the judges. They can go get a beer during my fight,” Gaudinot suggested. “They don’t have to watch.”

The judges might not have to watch, but many fans are starting to mark Gaudinot as a fighter to watch. Even though he fights online this time, it will be hard to miss him with that green hair still shining on.

Louis would like to thank his entire team at Tiger Schulmann’s. He would also like to thank his fiancé for always supporting him even though she doesn’t always understand why he does what he does. Finally, he would like to thank his sponsors, specifically Fear the Fighter for always standing behind him. Follow Gaudinot on Twitter: @LouGaudinotUFC

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.