Louis Gaudinot expects to entertain Saturday when he meets Tim Elliott in a flyweight matchup at UFC 164.
Ahead of the bout, he joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show to discuss his opponent, the flyweight division and more.
On Elliott: “He’s a really tough guy. He fights a little unorthodox. His fight with [John] Dodson probably would have got ‘Fight of the Night’ if me and [John] Lineker didn’t, and then his next fight out against [Jared] Papazian, they got ‘Fight of the Night.’ I definitely think me and him are going to put on a good show and maybe be the best fight of the night.”
On the game plan: “The game plan is to push the pace, be in his face and just work for 15 minutes hard.”
On whether he feels pressure to entertain: “I put the pressure on myself where I want to go out there and put on a good show. A lot of fans don’t know too much about the flyweights. A lot of people think, ‘I really don’t care because those are little guys,’ and stuff, but I want to give the fans a good show so that they start talking about us more [and] we get good spots on the cards where they don’t bury us in the Facebook prelims or things like that. I kind of like that pressure to perform. … I want to be somebody that somebody’s looking at a fight card and go, ‘Oh wow, Louis Gaudinot’s fighting. I want to watch that card.’”
On fighting in the UFC: “In my last fight, there was almost 20,000 [fans in attendance]. I kind of feed off the energy of the crowd. I’m not an attention whore, but to be a fighter you’ve got to kind of enjoy being in the spotlight because it’s just you and the other guy out there. All eyes are on you. I definitely enjoy being on the big stage and I’m happy to be there.”
On cutting to 125 pounds: “Cutting weight for 125 is a love-hate relationship. I love to hate it.”
On whether flyweights bring as much to the Octagon as heavier weights: “We bring a lot more. Our striking output is definitely a lot more. We definitely have the cardio to go hard for three or five rounds. Sometimes you watch the heavier weight guys and they slow down unless you’re Cain Velasquez. He’s one of the only big guys who can go hard for five rounds. Nobody wants to watch two guys plodding around in the third round, just trying to survive.”
On Ian McCall saying his ground game is garbage: “He’ll find out when we fight how bad my ground game is. He can talk all of the smack he wants. My ground game isn’t garbage. He can come in and try to take me down, and I’ll punch him in the face when he tries to.”
Listen to the full interview (beginning at 59:08).