Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
It’s a flurry of activity in the opening seconds with both flyweights standing in the pocket and bombing away. Lineker scores with punches to the body and inside leg kicks, and he’s beginning to find his range with blistering hooks to the face of the American. Gaudinot’s long green hair has come undone and is completely covering his face less than halfway into the first round. Lineker keeps coming forward, throwing tight combinations to the body and head while mixing in leg kicks. Gaudinot tries to push forward and walks into another storm of punches. With 90 seconds left in the round, Gaudinot brings Lineker down and gets a respite from the strikes. It doesn’t last long, however, as Lineker gets active with horizontal elbows from his back. Gaudinot retaliates with some ground-and-pound and Lineker rolls underneath for a heel hook. It’s deep, but Gaudinot is in a good position to extract his leg with his back against the fence. Gaudinot tries to close out the frame pounding from side control but Lineker gets to his feet before the end.
Gaudinot emerges for round two with his hair partially tied back up, at least enough that it won’t obscure his vision as badly as it did in the first frame. Gaudinot is pushing the pace now, staying busy with punching combos and high kicks. Lineker slugs him with a heavy left hand, then comes forward and unleashes a barrage of hooks and uppercuts against the fence. Gaudinot presses Lineker into the cage to slow the Brazilian’s momentum, but Lineker breaks out and walks him down. Big uppercuts and hooks to the body from Lineker, now a knee to the breadbasket, and Gaudinot replies with a spinning backfist which grazes. Gaudinot drives on a takedown and puts Lineker at the base of the fence. Gaudinot drops elbows from the open guard of Lineker. The American complains to ref Keith Peterson that Lineker is hitting him on the back of the head; Peterson tells him the strikes were connecting on the top of the head. Lineker rolls under for another leglock attempt, but he gets caught and eats some peppering left hands from Gaudinot, then a few elbows. Lineker shoves Gaudinot away and tries to stand, and Gaudinot charges forward to grab a guillotine. Gaudinot jumps guard to finish and the choke looks very deep. Lineker tilts over to his side and referee Peterson recognizes that the Brazilian has gone out cold. The technical submission finish comes officially at 4:54 of the second round.