Louis Gaudinot

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Louis Gaudinot
Born Louis J. Gaudinot
(1984-08-28) August 28, 1984 (age 32)
Yonkers, New York, United States
Other names Goodnight
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Division Flyweight
Reach 63.0 in (160 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Team Team Tiger Schulmann
Rank Fourth degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate under Tiger Schulmann[2]
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 13
Wins 8
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 3
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By decision 3
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Louis J. Gaudinot (born August 28, 1984) is an American professional mixed martial artist who formerly competed in the UFC's Flyweight division. A professional competitor since 2009, Gaudinot has also formerly competed on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller as a Bantamweight.


Gaudinot began training in martial arts with Tiger Schulmann in Hoboken, New Jersey when he was six years old. Originally, he trained in Kyokushin Karate and over time began also training in grappling.[3] Gaudinot later earned a fourth degree black belt in karate.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After many years of training, in 2008, Gaudinot made his amateur debut. He held a 3-1 record as an amateur before turning professional in 2009.[5]

Ring of Combat[edit]

Gaudinot signed with New Jersey's Ring of Combat to compete as a professional in April 2009. His debut came at Ring of Combat 24 against fellow 0-0 fighter, Chris Aquino. Gaudinot controlled the bout and won the fight via unanimous decision after two, four-minute rounds. After the fight, he stirred some controversy when he flipped off Aquino's corner.

Gaudinot fought on the next card at Ring of Combat 25 and took his first professional loss, losing a unanimous decision to Nick Cottone.

At Ring of Combat 26, Gaudinot bounced back from his loss to Cottone with a second round TKO victory over Jeff Cressman. Two months later Gaudinot was again in action, and again was fighting on back-to-back Ring of Combat cards. On the Ring of Combat 27 card he competed in his first three round fight, winning via unanimous decision against Nate Williams.

Gaudinot fought against Tuan Pham at Ring of Combat 28, winning the fight via KO in the first round. The impressive victory earned Gaudinot a chance at the vacant Ring of Combat Flyweight Championship. His title shot came at Ring of Combat 31 against Jesse Riggleman. Gaudinot dominated the bout and won via submission (guillotine choke) nearing the end of the first round.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In 2011, Gaudinot had signed with the UFC to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.[6] In the first episode, Gaudinot faced Paul McVeigh; winning via TKO in the third round.[7] The win gained Gaudinot entry into the Ultimate Fighter house. He was selected as a part of Team Bisping.[8]

Gaudinot next fought against Team Mayhem's Dustin Pague. Gaudinot lost the fight in the second round via rear-naked choke submission.[9] The fight also won Gaudinot and Pague an additional $25,000 for the fan voted "Fight of the Season".

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Gaudinot made his official UFC debut on December 3, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale against Johnny Bedford. Gaudinot lost to Bedford via TKO in the third round.

Gaudinot returned to the flyweight division and faced former Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion, John Lineker, on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.[10] The bout was contested at a catchweight of 127 lb, as Lineker missed weight. Gaudinot defeated Lineker via guillotine choke submission in the second round after an action-packed, back-and-forth first two rounds. Both participants earned Fight of the Night honors for their performances.

Gaudinot was expected to face Darren Uyenoyama on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[11] However, Gaudinot was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Phil Harris.[12]

Gaudinot faced Tim Elliott on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164.[13] He lost the fight via dominant unanimous decision.

Gaudinot faced Phil Harris at UFC Fight Night 37.[14] He won the fight via submission in the first round. However, on June 20, the win was overturned to a No Contest after it was revealed Gaudinot had failed his drug test.[15]

Gaudinot was expected to face Patrick Holohan on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine,[16] but pulled out of the bout due to injury.[17]

Gaudinot faced Kyoji Horiguchi on January 3, 2015 at UFC 182.[18] He lost the fight by unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the organization.[19]

Post-UFC career[edit]

In his first fight since being released from the UFC, Gaudinot faced off against Bellator veteran Claudio Ledesma in the main event of CFFC 51 on September 12, 2015.[20] Gaudinot made a successful rebound from a three-fight slump, winning the fight with a dominant unanimous decision verdict.

Personal life[edit]

Gaudinot is a fourth degree black belt in the Tiger Schulmann organization. He is the head sensei at the Tiger Schulmann MMA school in Hoboken, New Jersey. Gaudinot graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He is known for sporting various different hairstyles and colors, including dying his hair green and braiding it into cornrows for his fight with Johnny Bedford. Gaudinot has 2 children, a daughter and a son.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8–4 (1) Sidemar Honório TKO (punches) CFFC 57: Gaudinot vs. Honório March 19, 2016 1 0:59 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 7–4 (1) Claudio Ledesma Decision (unanimous) CFFC 51: Ledesma vs. Gaudinot September 12, 2015 3 5:00 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 6–4 (1) Kyoji Horiguchi Decision (unanimous) UFC 182 January 3, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 6–3 (1) Phil Harris NC (overturned win) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa March 8, 2014 1 1:13 London, England Originally a submission win (guillotine choke); overturned due to failed drug test
Loss 6–3 Tim Elliott Decision (unanimous) UFC 164 August 31, 2013 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 6–2 John Lineker Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 2 4:54 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Catchweight (127 lbs) bout; Lineker missed weight. Fight of the Night
Loss 5–2 Johnny Bedford TKO (knees to the body) The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale December 3, 2011 3 1:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Bantamweight bout.
Win 5–1 Jessie Riggleman Submission (guillotine choke) Ring of Combat 31 September 24, 2010 1 4:43 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the vacant Ring of Combat Flyweight Championship.
Win 4–1 Tuan Pham KO (punch) Ring of Combat 28 February 19, 2010 1 1:09 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–1 Nate Williams Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 27 November 20, 2009 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–1 Jeff Cressman TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 26 September 11, 2009 2 0:24 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 1–1 Nick Cottone Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 25 June 12, 2009 2 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Chris Aquino Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 24 April 17, 2009 2 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Mixed Martial Arts Exhibition Record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1-1 Dustin Pague Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller 2011 2 2:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Quarterfinal Bout. Fight Of The Season.
Win 1-0 Paul McVeigh TKO (elbow and punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller 2011 3 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary Bout.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier". UFC.com. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ John Hyon Ko (January 1, 2015). "UFC 182 Flyweight Preview: up-and-comer Kyoji Horiguchi vs TUF 14 alum Louis Gaudinot". Asia MMA. 
  3. ^ "Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 14′ cast: Louis Gaudinot, the green-haired showman - MMAjunkie". MMAjunkie. 
  4. ^ "Louis 'Goodnight' Gaudinot - Official UFC® Fighter Profile". UFC. 
  5. ^ "Louis Gaudinot". mixedmartialarts.com. 
  6. ^ ""The Ultimate Fighter 14" cast unveiled with 32 bantamweights and featherweights". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller'". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-09-21. 
  8. ^ "Episode No. 2 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller'". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-09-28. 
  9. ^ "Episode No. 4 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller'". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-10-12. 
  10. ^ "UFC on FOX 3 adds flyweights Louis Gaudinot vs. newcomer John Lineker". mmajunkie.com. February 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Uyenoyama-Gaudinot added to UFC on FX 5". mmajunkie.com. August 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "UFC confirms fights for UFC on FX 5, Uyenoyama vs. Harris now on tap". mmajunkie.com. August 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ Staff (2013-06-12). "Flyweight Bout Between Louis Gaudinot and Tim Elliott Added to UFC 164 Line-Up". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  14. ^ "Harris Draws Gaudinot For UFC Fight Night In London". yourmma.tv. January 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Louis Gaudinot tests positive for diuretic, suspended six months by UFC officials". mmajunkie.com. June 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ Ben Kiely (2014-08-28). "Undefeated Irish Fighter Books Another Fight In The UFC". balls.ie. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  17. ^ "Louis Gaudinot Out, Chris Kelades In Against Patrick Holohan at UFC Fight Night Halifax". Sherdog. 
  18. ^ Marc Raimondi (2014-10-17). "Flyweight contenders Kyoji Horiguchi, Louis Gaudinot meet at UFC 182". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  19. ^ Tim Burke (1 June 2015). "Report: UFC releases ten fighters". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Claudio Ledesma vs. Louis Gaudinot Headline CFFC 51!". sherdog.com. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.