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May 2012

Aggressive Combat Championship Event – This Saturday 5/19

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Aggressive Combat Championship Event – This Saturday 5/19

Damien Baily, Coached by Will Hamilton of TSMMA Elmwood Park, Will Do Battle against Rob Cipriano of American Top Team May 19th 2012 at the Aggressive Combat Championships!  This Fight will be for the Aggressive Combat 140-150lbs Muay Thai Title!

Also competing from TSMMA will be Andres Segovia, also coached by Will Hamilton, vs. Elysee Sanon of Underdog Bjj.

The event will be held at the Danbury P.A.L 35 Hayestown Rd, Danbury CT. Doors Open at 6pm and fights start at 7pm See your Fighters for tickets!

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Louis Gaudinot Wants Flyweight Tournament Participant Next

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Louis Gaudinot Wants Flyweight Tournament Participant Next

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After choking out John Lineker on May 5 at UFC on Fox 3, Louis Gaudinot would like to fight one of the participants in the UFC’s four-man flyweight tournament.

Yasuhiro Urushitani has already been eliminated from the field, having lost to Joseph Benavidez in March. In addition to Benavidez, though, both Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall are still in the tournament and they’re set for a rematch in June.

Regardless, Gaudinot will be back in training soon and getting ready for his next fight. In an interview with the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show, the 27-year-old discussed his win over Lineker, his green hair and more.

On Lineker asking to take a picture with him: “I kind of got the sense he was just happy to be there. He was smiling the whole time. He was really respectful, with good sportsmanship, but when we first got to the Izod Center, they let a bunch of the fighters go out to the cage and bounce around and do all that stuff, and he came up to me with his coach and he wanted to take a picture of me and my coach. Me and my coach kind of looked at each other like, ‘All right, this is a little awkward.’ But then he was all smiles. I don’t know. He was a little weird, but at the same time, I think he was just happy to be in the UFC and he was excited about being on the show.”

On jumping to the guillotine choke that ended the fight: “In the first round I was actually thinking about doing it also. I had him on the ground and then he stood up and I think there was a little bit less than 10 seconds left in the round. I knew that if I jumped it and he didn’t tap, he would have time to kind of make it to the end of the bell. So I saved it in the first round, and then in the second round, I kind of looked up and I saw that there was like 30 seconds left as we were starting to get up off the cage. I was just waiting for him to stand up so I could jump just because I knew I had enough time, and once I got my arm under his chin, he was either going to have to tap or he was going to sleep.”

On why he traded with Lineker on the feet: “I also thought that I was better on the feet than him going into the fight. He likes to swing. He likes to bang, but a lot of his shots are big and looping. I watched the fight over again a couple of times and I landed a lot of good punches clean to his jaw. I thought I was doing good in the standup. The reason I stayed standing up for most of the fight wasn’t because I was trying to get the Fight of the Night bonus but because I thought I could exploit that he does have wild, looping punches and I would be able to get to his chin before he got to mine.”

On whether his long hair was a hindrance: “I think it was a little bit annoying, but there’s times when I’m training and my hair gets in my face, so I’m a little bit used to it. In between rounds one and two, I was kind of arguing with my coaches a little bit because they were arguing to fix my hair and I was like, ‘Leave it. Don’t worry about it.’ They kind of told me to shut up a little bit and they just threw it back up. But we’ll see what happens. I’ll probably end up cutting it. I haven’t cut my hair in two years. I think it’s about time.”

On why his hair is green: “I’ve had green since my first amateur fight. It’s kind of become like my marketing thing. Everybody sees it and everybody recognizes me by my green hair, so I’m just going to stick with it.”

On what’s next: “My hands are a little sore, a little swollen. I’m going to get X-rays just to make sure. … I expect to be back training 100 percent in maybe a week or two. Once I get the X-rays done, I’m going to be cleared so I can fight again and talk to the UFC. I want to fight again in another three, four months. I don’t want to take a long break. I want to get right back in there. I’m trying to fight the guys that are ranked ahead of me so they can move me up in the rankings and get me closer to fighting for that title shot. I’m not asking the UFC for anything, but whoever they give me, I’ll fight. I would love to fight maybe one of the guys that was in the tournament just to show the UFC and the fans and everybody that I belong in the top five at flyweight in the world.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 22:10).

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NAGA East Coast Grappling Championship TSMMA Results

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NAGA East Coast Grappling Championship TSMMA Results

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Boy with MedalRhode Island- 5/5/12

Womens NO-GI Novice 1st Place Claudia Pedersen
Girls NO-GI Novice 49.9 lbs. & Under 8 & 10 yrs old 1st Place Emilia Pederser
Girls GI Novice 49.9 lbs. & Under 6 & 7yrs old 1st Place Emilia Pederser
Kids NO-GI Intermediate 40 to 49.9 lbs. 1st Place Joshua Paz
Girls NO-GI Expert 50 to 59.9 lbs. 2nd Place Grace Gundrum
Kids NO-GI Novice 60 to 69.9 lbs. 10 yrs old 1st Place Emilia Pederser
Girls NO-GI Expert 60 to 69.9 lbs. 1st Place Grace Gundrum
Kids GI Novice 90 to 99.9 lbs. 2nd Place Hughie Foley
Kids NO-GI Expert 90 to 99.9 lbs. 12 & 13 year olds 1st Place Ben Bagbek
Kids GI Expert 90 to 99.9 lbs. 11 & 12 yrs old 1st Place Ben Bagbek
Kids GI Expert 90 to 99.9 lbs. 2nd Place Hughie Foley
Teen NO-GI Girls Beginner 1st Place Emilia Pederser

UFC’s Louis Gaudinot On Win, Flyweight Division, Hair And TUF House

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UFC’s Louis Gaudinot On Win, Flyweight Division, Hair And TUF House

by Steph Daniels –

Now that the UFC has finally adopted flyweights into the organization, they are faced with the daunting task of filling it up with talent to provide the necessary depth and variety for the division. Some outside guys have been brought in, and some have made the drop down from 135. One such fighter, making his way down from bantamweight is Louis Gaudinot. Following a fight of the night performance over John Lineker, at UFC On Fox 3, the New Jersey native feels that he’s finally where he belongs. In a recent interview with TapouT Radio, Gaudinot discusses his win and what he hopes the future holds for him.

*Note: Interviewer is either my co-host, Evan Shoman of TapouT Radio, or myself. When I don’t conduct these interviews by myself, I just put “Interviewer” to eliminate having to bounce back and forth between three different names.

Interviewer: How does it feel to have won fight of the night honors?

Louis Gaudinot: It feels really good. I mean, it still hasn’t quite hit me completely, that I made that much money in 10 minutes of work, but it’s pretty cool.

Interviewer: After receiving an unexpected bonus of that size, does it kind of make you want to just go out there and go balls to the wall every single time you fight?

Louis Gaudinot: Yeah it does. I was lucky enough to have an opponent who felt the same way. Leading up to the fight, a lot of people said that it was going to be fireworks, and I was expecting it to be, too. It turned out to be a good show for everybody.

Interviewer: Some names are being thrown around for your next fight among fans and media. John Dodson is the one we’ve seen most. Would a fight with him make sense right now, or do you have someone else in mind you’d like to challenge yourself with?

Louis Gaudinot: You know, I have no idea. They were asking Dana White the same thing at the press conference after the show. I’m just looking for another exciting fight, anything that’s going to move me up the ladder and get me closer to a title shot.

I’m not looking too far ahead, but if I had a choice, I would love to fight one of the four guys that was in the tournament, just to show that I belong up there with the elite. I want to prove to the fans and the UFC that I am one of the top guys at 125.

Interviewer: It appeared that your hair was causing some hindrance to your vision, and at the very least, looked to be annoying you. Will you be securing it better, maybe with cornrows or possibly cutting it?

Louis Gaudinot: Well, no matter what I do, it’s going to be green, so you guys can count on that, but I’m kind of superstitious. The last time I cornrowed my hair, that didn’t work out too good, so I don’t think we’ll see that look from me again.

Maybe I’ll tape it up in a ponytail [laughs], or maybe I’ll cut it shorter so it doesn’t get in my eyes. I don’t know. It’s definitely going to be green, though. I can tell you that much. Maybe I’ll do pigtails. That would suck for the other guy to get his butt kicked by a guy wearing pigtails.

Interviewer: How soon would you like to get back in there and fight again?

Louis Gaudinot: Well, my face is a little swollen up, and I’ve got to get my hands checked out. They’re a little swollen, too. I don’t think anything is broken, but I’ll get X-rays just to make sure. I trained for 15 weeks for this fight. I felt like I was in the best shape I’ve ever been in, so I want to get back in the gym as soon as possible, as soon as my body lets me, and just wait for the UFC to call and see who they give me and when.

Interviewer: After the fight, were you given a temporary suspension of any kind, due to the swelling?

Louis Gaudinot: Yeah, I got one until I get an X-ray on both of my hands. My left and right hand were both swollen after the fight. The guy was called hands of stone, but he should be called head of stone. I hit him clean with some good shots, and my hands were killing me after the fight. I had trouble taking my gloves off and getting the wraps off, but I’m feeling better now, a couple days later. Like I said, I don’t think anything is broken, but maybe I’ll take a week off from training, because I want to get back in the cage sooner, rather than later.

Interviewer: All but one of your fights have been in New Jersey. Is this by design, or just the way it’s worked out so far?

Louis Gaudinot: You know what, I think it’s just the way it’s worked out. The fight that I lost in Vegas, that was at 135. I’m actually undefeated at 125. The two losses I have were at different weights. Bedford was at 135 and the second fight of my career was a catchweight of 129, because my opponent couldn’t drop down to 125.

Of course fighting in New Jersey is great, but I’ll fight wherever the UFC wants me to. Obviously, if they have a card in Jersey, I would love to fight in my home town, so hopefully, timing lines up good, I can get a couple fights in, and I’ll be able to fight on the next Jersey card, too.

Interviewer: Do you ever miss The Ultimate Fighter house?

Louis Gaudinot: Uh, no, not at all. The only thing I actually do miss is the list. Every night, you fill out the list, and you wake up, whatever food or anything you ordered is there in the morning. It’s like Christmas every morning. That’s the only thing that I miss.

I never asked for anything too crazy, but they would get you like T-bone steaks, and basically anything you wanted to eat. Anything you wanted, except lobster. I guess it was because it was expensive, but I really don’t know. I think a T-bone steak is expensive too, but who knows. They got me stuff like bison meat, and pretty much anything else I ordered, but they were clear that you couldn’t order lobster.

Interviewer: You’ve been exceptionally active in your career, logging eight fights in just three years. Are you happy with that pace, or do you want to take a couple months off?

Louis Gaudinot: Oh not at all. I want to keep on going. I actually feel like I haven’t fought that much over the last two years. After I got my title in the Ring of Combat, I didn’t fight again until I got into the TUF house, so that was like almost a year off. Then I had to wait until after the show was over until now to fight again, so I’m looking to get back in there, within three months, hopefully. I want to get at least two more fights in this year. If I could fight three or four times a year, that would be good for me,

Interviewer: Do you feel like, at 27 years old, that you have some ground to make up, and that you want to get in as many fights as possible?

Louis Gaudinot: Yeah, and with the lighter weight classes, your speed and timing is one if the first things to go. I don’t think you’re ever going to see flyweights or bantamweights being able to fight in their late 30’s or early 40’s. The younger you are, the better it is, because the lighter weight guys tend to age a little bit faster than the heavier guys do.

Interviewer: How relieved are you that right at your entry to the UFC, they finally bring in the flyweight division?

Louis Gaudinot: Yeah, at this level in the UFC, there’s a reason there’s weight classes, and some of those dudes are huge, and would step in the cage at 165 or 170, so it’s good to be fighting guys my own size now. I feel comfortable at 125. I know how to make the weight. It’s not a problem for me. I didn’t even have to go to the sauna when I was cutting for this fight. It’s perfect timing. The two cards that feature flyweights, both ended up with the flyweights winning FOTN honors, so I think we’re off to a good start.

Interviewer: After the fight, you said that it was fun. Would you say you’ve acclimated yourself to the big show at this point?

Louis Gaudinot: Yeah, I love it. One of my friends makes fun of me, and calls me an attention whore. I mean, come on. To be fighting in front of 20,000 people on national TV, you’ve got to be a little bit of an attention whore. There’s nothing else as exciting as standing out there and banging with somebody while that many people are watching you.

The first 30 seconds, when me and John went out there, and we started banging, you could just see the crowd go crazy. That gives you so much more energy. All eyes are on you. The lights are on you. I loved it. It was awesome. It was definitely fun because I won, but the fight, in general, was fun. There’s a couple of times there, if you watch, I’m just smiling as we’re standing there banging. The night couldn’t have gone any better. It was just surreal.

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Louis Gaudinot may cave to a haircut following UFC on FOX 3 victory

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Louis Gaudinot may cave to a haircut following UFC on FOX 3 victory

by Steven Marrocco –

he hair may have to go for Louis Gaudinot.

When your girlfriend, cornermen and boss tell you to cut your florescent locks, well, what are you gonna do?

“I was thinking about cutting it before the fight,” Gaudinot told Radio ( “I’m kind of used to the long hair now, but I think I might have to cut it just for the next fight so it doesn’t get in my face.”

Gaudinot (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has worn a mop of green hair for almost two years without cutting it, and he said he won’t change the color. A trim, though, might be in his best career interests.

“I dyed my hair for my first amateur fight; I’m going to keep it going,” he said.

Usually, the grooming choices of fighters don’t merit this much attention. But when your hair causes them to get punched in the face more than usual, people take notice.

Which is why Gaudinot’s cornermen fretted over it between rounds in a barnburner with fellow flyweight John Lineker (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the FX-televised preliminary-card of UFC on FOX 3, which took place this past Saturday at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. They said the only time he got caught during his submission victory was when his hair was in his face.

Even UFC president Dana White piled on at the post-fight press conference, asking Gaudinot when he’d cut it.

Not that his hair kept him from performing well. White awarded Gaudinot a $65,000 bonus check for his “Fight of the Night” performance, a first considering that Lineker didn’t make weight the day prior.

The pace of the action even surprised Gaudinot, whose debut to UFC audiences came as a bantamweight on “The Ultimate Fighter 14,” and his still-worried cornermen, who yelled for him to take down Lineker.

“I remember looking up at the clock, and I saw there were three minutes left in round one,” he said. “I felt like, ‘Damn, I thought we were swinging it out for 10 minutes already.'”

Even with the unpleasant news, Gaudinot was mad that his coaches would imply he was losing on the feet, so he continued to swing.

“‘Screw that, I’m going to stay here and bang with him; I’m going to win this,'” he said to himself.

As it turned out, though, his coaches were right: The ground game was where he would win. He grabbed a guillotine in the second round and put Lineker to sleep.

“I knew watching film on this guy that we were going to have a good fight and that the fans would like it,” Gaudinot said. “The first two flyweight fights they had in the UFC were great, and I knew we would keep it going and show the fans that the little guys deserve to be there.”

With the 125-pound division still taking shape, Gaudinot, who dropped to flyweight after a loss to Johnny Bedford at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, could be a fight or two away from a shot at the winner of a flyweight tournament expected to wrap later this year. John Dodson, who served alongside him on “TUF” and won the show at bantamweight, was also victorious as a flyweight at UFC on FOX 3 and could be on deck as an opponent.

If that happens, fans can expect to see more of Gaudinot’s eyes when he fights – looking less Clay Guida and more like Chris Leben.

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