Ahead of his fight with Phil Harris at UFC Fight Night 37 in London this Saturday, Louis Gaudinot isn’t thinking about any of the added pressures of fighting, and is determined to enjoy the ride. The TUF 14 alum said that in the past, he let other factors creep into his head and take his focus off of fighting for personal fulfillment.
“I was coming off of a nineteen-month lay-off, and there was talk of a title fight. You get that stuff in your head, and it’s tough. You can’t focus on that, you have to just focus on one fight at a time. I just want to go out there and have fun, and when I have that mentality I think I perform better.
“Had I lost (the Lineker fight) I would have been cut. But I wasn’t thinking like that. My coaches were telling me to just go out there and have fun, and not to worry about it. He was a big puncher, but I can bang with the best of them too. I think that when I have that mentality I do better.”
Gaudinot has been drilling some things that he think will be successful against Harris, but part of the direction he’s taking involves focusing on his own skillsets, as opposed to that of his opponent.
“You can’t really stick to a gameplan too much, and have that be the only thing in your mind, because if plan A doesn’t work, if you don’t have a plan B, you’re kind of screwed. In this camp I’ve been working on getting everything better, my standup, my ground, my wrestling, and my conditioning.”
Getting down to the 125-pound limit can be difficult even for the tiniest of flyweights. Gaudinot’s quest to hit the mark entails consuming roughly 12 gallons of water in the lead-up to Friday’s weigh-ins, in an effort to prepare his body to rid itself of enough water to make the weight. You’d think that weight cutting would make you crave water, but as part of a water loading process, it’s just the opposite.
“The day that you’re doing four gallons, you hate water. It literally hurts your stomach to drink, but you have to get it down. Two days later, you’ll be in a salt bath or in the sauna, and you’ll want a sip of water and you can’t have any. So it’s two extremes.”
Gaudinot, who watched the first UFC event on pay-per-view as a child, and has been training at Tiger Schulmann’s since he was six years old, isn’t concerned about getting cut with a loss.
“I have my school, and that’s my main source of income, and that’s really my first job, and fighting is like my second hobby. So I try not to put too much pressure on myself, I just want to go out there and have fun.”
Although he is determined not to get too involved in dwelling on what he future might hold, Gaudinot hasn’t given up on getting a title fight.
“I definitely want to fight for the belt one day, and I think if I stay focused and keep working, I could definitely reach that.”