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April 2012

Reintroducing Louis Gaudinot

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When I go out there, I’m gonna lay it all on the line. I fight with my heart and I’m gonna go down swinging and go to the very end.” – Louis Gaudinot

 

By Thomas Gerbasi – UFC.com

Living and training in Hoboken, Louis Gaudinot is only a couple exits on the New Jersey Turnpike away from what may end up being the most important fight of his three year pro mixed martial arts career this Saturday night against Brazil’s John Lineker, but the length of the drive to East Rutherford doesn’t do justice to the time it took him to get here.

Think about being the 5-foot-8 high school football lineman who knows he can’t compete on the Division I level because of his size, or the star small forward in basketball who knows that being 6-foot-2 in that position just won’t cut it when you’re facing those 6-foot-6 and higher at the next level. That’s what Gaudinot (5-3, 125 pounds) was looking at for much of his career. You either find a rare fight at your weight on a level playing field, or you give up every possible physical advantage, with the exception of speed, to bigger opponents just to get real-time experience.

To go one step further, when Gaudinot had the opportunity to compete at bantamweight on season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, he took it, knowing that the possibility of failing in front of millions of television viewers was right there in front of him, perhaps killing any future marketability. But that’s what fighters do sometimes – they roll the dice.

“I knew the type of opportunity it was, and I never thought in a million years that I’d be fighting in the UFC,” said Gaudinot. “Six, seven years ago they didn’t even have 155 pounders, and 125 and 135 really didn’t exist. It was almost impossible to get a fight. I always thought that I’d be fighting in the WEC, and even they didn’t have 125; they were just talking about it. So the opportunity was there, and I had to take it, and they let me know that they’d give me a shot at 125 when it comes up. So I had the choice to either sit on the sidelines and fight locally, or go up a weight class and fight in the UFC. I think a lot of people do that on short notice fights or to go on The Ultimate Fighter, and when they drop down, you definitely see a lot more success in their careers, and that’s what you’re gonna see in mine.”

Gaudinot didn’t win TUF 14, losing in the quarterfinals to Dustin Pague, but he stopped Paul McVeigh to make it into the house, he gained a large fan following for his exciting style (and green hair), and even though he lost a bout to Johnny Bedford on the season finale card, the UFC kept its end of the bargain, giving him his shot at redemption against Lineker in his natural weight class. To top it off, he’s getting to do it in New Jersey, the perfect scenario to reintroduce himself to the masses.

“When I had found out they were doing the card here in New Jersey, I asked my coach to give a call to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby and those guys and see if they can get me on the card. Then I was bugging (UFC president) Dana (White) and Sean Shelby on Twitter, and my fans were doing it too, kinda like they were doing the rally for Mark Hunt. (Laughs) I really wanted to fight here in my hometown, and I knew that I would have 14-15 weeks to get ready, and fighting at 125, I get to show the world what I can really do in my weight class.”

In the 21-year old Lineker, he’ll be facing a wild card, a young gun with a 13 fight winning streak and 24 pro bouts, but one who has fought all of his fights in his native Brazil against opponents virtually unknown to all but the most hardcore of hardcore fans. The same could have been said for another Jungle Fight champion, Erick Silva, who has since become one of the welterweight division’s most promising up and comers. Will Lineker follow in his countryman’s footsteps? Gaudinot is looking to nip that quest in the bud on Saturday.

“He’s definitely had a lot of fights, and that’s good for experience,” said Gaudinot of Lineker. “People get nervous going into the cage and performing in front of a crowd, so he’s done it 20-something times, and he’s definitely experienced in that sense. I watched a bunch of his fights from Brazil on youtube, so I can study him, but I don’t think he’s faced the level of talent that I have over the years, especially since my last couple fights were in the UFC. I’m looking to get in there and show him that he’s not on the same level as I am.”

And as far as the UFC jitters go, Gaudinot got those out of the way back in an empty Mandalay Bay Events Center when he beat McVeigh to get onto TUF 14.

“That, to me, was like my first UFC fight in a way,” he said. “I had Dana White and the two coaches (Michael Bisping and “Mayhem” Miller) sitting there in an empty arena that holds 15,000 people. That’s really where my nerves were kicking. I think I got those jitters over with, and especially this fight, fighting in my hometown, I’m excited. I’m not nervous at all, I’m just anxious to get out there and show everybody what I can do.”

In a lot of ways, Gaudinot is a seasoned vet at this point in his UFC career, despite having just one official fight in the Octagon. He’s gone through the pressure of winning in order to change his career (and life) forever, he’s had cameras following him every day for six weeks, and he’s gone through the process of getting ready for a UFC fight, which can sometimes be more stressful than the fight itself. He’s also been the David against Goliath and the fighter that has to do twice as much to get half the recognition bigger athletes get. So to see him finally get his opportunity to compete on a level playing field on the sport’s biggest stage, you have to say he’s earned it. And with the 125-pound weight class just getting off the ground in the UFC, a couple good wins could have him in a title fight sooner rather than later. Now that’s an incentive to succeed.

“When there’s only eight guys in the division, you win two, three fights and you look good in them, you could be looking at a title shot,” said Gaudinot. “You don’t want to look too far ahead, but it’s definitely interesting to know that two fights in and I could be in a title elimination bout or even a title bout, depending on how the division plays out in the next year. But I want to focus on my opponent that I have on hand now, and not look past him.”

That’s the only attitude Gaudinot can have. He’s come too far up the MMA turnpike to look back or look too far ahead. All that matters is now.

“When I go out there, I’m gonna lay it all on the line,” he said. “I fight with my heart and I’m gonna go down swinging and go to the very end. I’m looking to show that even though we’re 125 pounds, I’m looking for the knockout. I want to show that even the little guys can end it with one punch too.”

Carlos Brooks Scores a First Round KO at Ring of Combat XL!

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Carlos Brooks Scores a First Round KO at Ring of Combat XL!

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Carlos Brooks (TSMMA Manhattan) (203.5) vs. Danny Babcock (203.5)
Carlos Brooks wins via KO at 0:51 of round one

Carlos Brooks overwhelmed Babcock from the start scoring the knockout in under 1 minute.  Carlos landed his signature spinning back kick and followed it up with a flurry of big punches earning the stoppage. Congrats to Carlos on the big win. Shake & Bake is back!!

Ring of Combat XL Weigh-in Results Carlos Brooks (203.5) vs. Danny Babcock (203.5)

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Ring of Combat XL Weigh-in Results Carlos Brooks (203.5) vs. Danny Babcock (203.5)

Carlos Brooks makes his return to the cage at Ring of Combat XL, held at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. Doors open at 8pm, Fights start at 8:30.

If you can’t make the show, you can still watch Ring of Combat XL online for $14.99, here is the link –      http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/Ring_of_Combat_XL/1432

Stay tuned for Fight results.

Train with Carlos Brooks @ TSMMA Manhattan

Sensei Dave Tirelli Assigned to Judge UFC on Fox 3 Main Event

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Sensei Dave Tirelli Assigned to Judge UFC on Fox 3 Main Event

By Apr 25, 2012 –sherdog.com

Referee and judging assignments have been made for UFC on Fox 3, which takes place May 5 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Overseeing the headlining lightweight attraction between Jim Miller and Nate Diaz will be referee Keith Petersen; judges Romulo Bittencourt, Jeff Blatnick and Dave Tirelli (TSMMA Elmwood Park) will score the contest. Sherdog.com recently confirmed the assignments with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.

The event marks the Las Vegas-based promotion’s second effort on Fox in 2012 and also features a welterweight affair between hard-hitting wrestlers Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks. Kevin Mulhall will referee that bout, while Blatnick, Ricardo Almeida and Cardo Urso will decide the fight’s winner should it go the distance.

Bittencourt, Tirelli and Tony Tamburrino will judge Alan Belcher’s middleweight clash with Rousimar Palhares, while Almeida, Urso and Michael DePasquale Jr. score Pat Barry’s heavyweight bout against Lavar Johnson. Dan Miragliotta will serve as the third man in the cage for both contests.

Officials have also been assigned to the preliminary card, which airs on Fuel TV and Facebook prior to the main draw broadcast:

Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Referee: Miragliotta
Judges: DePasquale, Tamburrino and Urso

Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis
Referee: Peterson
Judges: Almeida, Tamburrino and Urso

Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza
Referee: Mulhall
Judges Bittencourt, Tamburrino and Urso

Louis Gaudinot (TSMMA Hoboken) vs. John Lineker
Referee: Peterson
Judges: Bittencourt, Blatnick and DePasquale

John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
Referee: Mulhall
Judges: Almeida, Bittencourt and Tirelli

John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott
Referee: Peterson
Judges: Almeida, Tamburrino and Tirelli

Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson
Referee: Miragliotta
Judges: Almeida, Blatnick and Urso

 

Carlos Brooks Returns to the Cage this Friday at Ring of Combat XL

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Carlos Brooks Returns to the Cage this Friday at Ring of Combat XL

This Friday ,4/27/12, Carlos Brooks makes his return to the cage at Ring of Combat XL, held at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. Doors open at 8pm, Fights start at 8:30.

If you can’t make the show, you can still watch Ring of Combat XL online for $14.99, here is the link –      http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/Ring_of_Combat_XL/1432

Carlos Brooks vs Danny Babcock

Uriah Hall will no longer be competing at this event, as his opponent pulled out and it was too late to find a replacement. Expect to see Uriah back in the cage at June’s Ring of Combat.

Stay tuned for Weigh-in and Fight results.

Train with Carlos Brooks @ TSMMA Manhattan

Hamburg Fight Night Write-up

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By Sensei Thad Campbell – (TSMMA Feasterville)

Hamburg Fight Night – 4/21/12

Hamburg, PA – Team Tiger Schulmann sent seven fighters out on Route 78 to Hamburg, PA for Hamburg Fight Night.  The event has traditionally been a great proving ground for young fighters looking to get experience in the ring.  That’s exactly what Saturday night proved to be.  All seven fighters got valuable experience while putting on a great performance for the many TSMMA fans from around the area.  In fact at least seven Tiger Schulmann’s schools had fans in attendance and the audience made the excitement that much better.

The night started out with Tony Mcrae entering the ring against Gabriel Crawley from Brazen Boxing.  Mcrae fought gamely showing great movement and tenacity, however the lefty had trouble adjusting to fellow southpaw Crawley.  Crawley was able to land a straight left early in the first round.  Mcrae fought on bravely, but eventually the referee called a halt early in the second round.  Mcrae will be back better than ever after learning from the experience.

Joshu Greg Fonda of Allentown was up next.  He would square off with Ryan Werley of Philly Fight in a 155 pound contest.  Fonda was the aggressor throughout the three round fight, constantly pressing the action and forcing Werley to back away.  Werley countered with solid lateral movement and made great use of his height advantage.  Fonda was undaunted though and continued to press the pace throwing combinations until the final bell.  It was a tough loss as Werley took home a razor thin decision.

Roger Garcia was up next from TSMMA Bethlehem and he looked to change the momentum after a couple tough losses.  Scott Copenhaven of Brazen Boxing looked like he would be a tough opponent early on as he showed a solid base and great fundamentals.  Garcia didn’t let that stop as he swung power shots around Copenhaven’s guard continually landing huge punches.  Copenhaven wasn’t going anywhere for the first couple rounds as Garcia continued to press while his taller opponent picked away with jabs.  Eventually Garcia’s tenacity was too much though as he landed a huge shot in the 3rd round that dropped Copenhaven and brought an end to the fight.  It also brought a roar from the very partisan Tiger Schulmann’s crowd who had been waiting for any excuse to erupt.

Andy Garzillo of TSMMA Allentown would follow up with a great performance of his own.  The brother of Sensei Jim Garzillo would show the same toughness his brother is known for.  Once again the Team Tiger Schulmann representative was giving up a few inches in height, but nothing in heart.  Garzillo would go toe to toe with Namron Bibbons for all three rounds.  Just like his fellow Allentown representative Fonda, Garzillo would continually press forward.  Bibbons would counter with straight punches and movement.  After three rounds it was again a lightning close decision as any of the three rounds could have gone to both fighters.  Garzillo came up just short, but look for good things from this tough fighter in the future.

Next up was North Plainfield TSMMA teen Andrew Greenspan.  He brought a group of staunch supporters bearing t-shirts dedicated to him.  He would again put on a great show for the crowd as he faced off against Dillon Jordan in a 175 pound bout.  Greenspan used his reach beautifully through the first couple rounds, landing a couple powerful crosses and crushing low kicks.  He even scored a standing eight count early in the fight.  Somehow the judges scored the fight against him after three rounds with scores that made no sense given the standing eight count.  However, it was a great learning experience for the young Greenspan who was able to identify a couple key parts of his game that he can improve for his next outing.

Another group of fans came all the way from Cherry Hill TSMMA and Feasterville TSMMA to support Joshu Craig Alexander.  Affectionately nicknamed “Caspar” many came bearing white t-shirts inscribed with his nickname.  They would be proud to wear them after Alexander spent three rounds using Cody Millham as a heavy bag.  Millham stood with his guard high throughout the whole fight, but Alexander simply worked around it with an array of knees, uppercuts, lowkicks and hooks.  Millham gets a ton of credit for lasting the whole three rounds and at times throwing back bravely, but there would be no close decision as Alexander took home all three rounds on all three judges cards.

Finally the 21st overall fight brought a Championship matchup between Joshu Brandon Cuttino of TSMMA Willow Grove and Kenny Richmond of Philly Fight.   Cuttino has been working tirelessly with Sensei Garzillo to improve his kickboxing and had been looking forward to the chance to show off his talents.  Richmond would prove to be a perfect subject.  The Philly Fight representative came out gamely matching Cuttino early on strike for strike.  Cuttino’s mastery of distance and movement made all the difference though as Richmond’s attempts would continually come up short.  Cuttino settled in to his pace little by little and by the end of the second round had begun to dominate Richmond.  Just as the ten second warning sounded Cuttino landed a beautiful low one hook combination that floored Richmond and earned a standing eight count.  Richmond would make it through the count as the bell sounded to end the round, but he wouldn’t answer the bell for Round 3.  That earned Cuttino his first title belt and allowed the hundreds of TSMMA fans to leave with a smile after a great night of fights from the team.

While not everyone left victorious, all seven fighters earned the respect of the fans and their opponents.  Shihan James Simpson works tirelessly to train fighters for the event and deserves great credit for the success many of them have enjoyed.  Look for many to be back in the ring or MMA cage soon and a few to move to some of the bigger shows the organization participates in.