Tiger Schulmann’s

Following win, flyweight Louis Gaudinot waiting for the UFC’s call

Last Updated on July 9, 2012.

Following win, flyweight Louis Gaudinot waiting for the UFC’s call

by Steven Marrocco – mmajunkie.com

There’s no longer a question of how well flyweights fight into the UFC.

The answer? Pretty darn well.

It’s only natural, then, for one of them, Louis Gaudinot (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), to wonder why his phone isn’t ringing at the moment. Still unbooked after his first octagon win at UFC on FOX 3, he wants a fight.

“I fought two months ago, and I still done have an opponent lined up,” he today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I want to get back in there.”

Gaudinot fought at flyweight before bulking up to bantamweight for a stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 14.” At the conclusion of the show, he dropped back to 125 pounds and earned a first-round submission win over John Lineker, which won him a $65,000 “Fight of the Night” at UFC on FX 3.

His next step, however, is unknown.

The introduction of the UFC flyweight division in February brought a four-man tournament. The competition could be over by fall. Onetime bantamweight title challenger Demetrious Johnson is set to fight Joseph Benavidez for the first-ever flyweight title, but a timetable for the bout is not set.

Meanwhile, there are potential opponents for Gaudinot in Ian McCall, who lost to Johnson at this past month’s UFC on FX 3 event; John Dodson, who outpointed Tim Elliot at UFC on FOX 3; or Darren Uyenoyama, who is on the mend after an injury. And outside the promotion, there are several unsigned standouts from the lighter-weighted Tachi Palace Fights.

“I want those guys to come in (to the UFC),” Gaudinot said.

Currently, Gaudinot is ranked in the top 10 of the 125-pound division, so he’s got some clout. But with so many other fighters competing for spots on UFC cards this year, he could have a wait ahead. He won’t move to bantamweight to potentially shorten that time.

“I’m healthy,” he said. “I think they’re waiting to see how the [flyweight tournament] pans out. I want to fight one of the guys in the tournament. You’ve got McCall or Yasuhiro Urushitani.

“I want somebody who will help me move up in the rankings.”

Train with Louis Gaudinot at TSMMA Hoboken