Louis Gaudinot has been hit hard by the injury bug since a win over recent title contender John Lineker last year.
Gaudinot, a former competitor on The Ultimate Fighter, will finally return to action Saturday against Tim Elliott in a key flyweight tilt at UFC 164.
The man with green hair has always been a crowd favorite, and was viewed by many as a possible contender in a fight or two after submitting Lineker.
“I think I’m picking up where I left off,” said Gaudinot, in an interview on the UFC’s website. “I read all the websites and all the news articles, and a lot of times when they mention the flyweights, a lot of people in the comment section will write ‘Louis Gaudinot had that crazy fight with Lineker; where the hell has he been?’ And Lineker has won three in a row, so the more he wins the better I look, but I don’t think too many of the fans have forgotten about me, and at the end of the month I’ll remind them if they did.”
Gaudinot is 6-2 in his career with two knockout and two submission triumphs.
Elliott, meanwhile, is 9-3-1 and coming off a win over Jared Papazian. He was defeated by John Dodson in 2012 but had won eight straight prior to that.
“He’s good all around,” Gaudinot said. “He fought Dodson the same night I fought, came in on short notice and pushed Dodson pretty good. It was a really close fight and probably could have got ‘Fight of the Night’ if me and Lineker hadn’t got it. I also thought he looked great against Papazian – he looked good standing up, good on the ground, and he’s got good takedowns – so it’s definitely not an easy fight. It’s a tough fight, but I’m gonna use it showcase the reasons why I should be one of the top five flyweights.”