Green-haired Louis Gaudinot finally returns for UFC 164
A guy with two official UFC fights on his record, followed by a 16-month layoff will perform on national TV this Saturday.
"I hope people haven't forgotten about me too much," Louis Gaudinot said.
It's easy to remember this flyweight from Hoboken via Yonkers -- he's the one with the bright green hair.
He's also the one with a fast motor who put on an impressive show the last time he fought. That was in May 2012.
The hair is much shorter now -- still green, though -- and his body has healed from two injuries. Gaudinot will test out both against Tim Elliott at UFC 164 on Saturday in Milwaukee. His bout is part of the prelims on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8 p.m. In the main event on pay-per-view, lightweight champion Benson Henderson defends his title against Anthony Pettis.
"I just miss competing," Gaudinot said. "I've been out 16 months and the flyweight division has kind of been building up and I feel left out of all the fun."
The 125-pound division in the UFC is ruled by champion Demetrious Johnson, who won the belt last September and has defended it twice since. It is not unrealistic to think Gaudinot, despite his short UFC resume and his long layoff, is but a couple wins away from a possible title shot.
Gaudinot is ranked No. 7 in the UFC's flyweight division, a weight class with 16 active fighters. The top four ranked fighters -- Joseph Benavidez, John Dodson, Ian McCall and John Moraga -- each have already lost their bouts against Johnson. No. 5 Jussier Formiga will fight Benavidez next week in Brazil, and No. 6 John Lineker lost to Gaudinot in the aforementioned fight from May 2012.
"Right now, I'm focused on Tim Elliott, but that's in the back of my head," Gaudinot said. "Johnson beat Nos. 1 through 4. If I win this fight on Saturday and I do it in impressive fashion, that could move me into the top five."
Gaudinot (6-2) added that he thinks Benavidez, should he be victorious over Formiga, would be deserving of a rematch against Johnson.
A solid win over Elliott will push Gaudinot in the direction he wants, then it's up to him to stay healthy. Two separate injuries slowed his momentum and forced him to back out of possible fights last September and February.
Gaudinot, a former contestant of "The Ultimate Fighter," has not disclosed the nature of either injury.
"One of them was pretty serious, I could have had surgery," he said. "But I decided to rehab and maybe take a little longer. When you're an athlete, any time we cannot do surgery is a good thing."
The only cutting involving Gaudinot of late has been his hair.