Not a cheater, faker or PED abuser, Thibault Gouti explains rare 4th UFC chance


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ROTTERDAM – It’s not often a fighter gets a fourth chance in the UFC after beginning a tenure with three straight losses. Thibault Gouti was one of the rare exceptions, and he made the most of what was almost certainly his last chance.

Gouti (12-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) joined the UFC roster in February 2016 with a perfect 11-0 record, only to suffer three consecutive losses. But at UFC Fight Night 115 on Saturday he managed to pick up his first octagon win with a first-round TKO of Andrew Holbrook (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in their lightweight bout, which took place at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

It’s not as though Gouti’s losses were tightly contested, either. He was stopped inside the distance in every fight, and with UFC Fight Night 115 surely being his last chance to get a win, he delivered.

Few over the course of UFC history have got the same leniency as Gouti when it comes to wins and losses early in a career. He explained after the event why he thinks UFC brass decided to treat him differently than most.

“I am one of the only fighters who doesn’t cheat, taking substance,” Gouti told MMAjunkie in his post-fight scrum. “I don’t turn down the fights. There are many fighters who do this. I don’t fake injury. I will take any fight, anywhere. And I don’t miss my weight. I am very professional about my sport, about my career, and I think this is why they give me a shot one more time. This is professional fighting.”

Gouti said he’s grateful for every opportunity he’s been given so far, but he’s not going to get comfortable. He likely secured his roster spot for a few more fights with the win over Holbrook, but that’s not enough.

The Frenchman wants to prove that no matter his record, he belongs on the sport’s biggest stage in arguably it’s most competitive division. He’s going to ask for names the public is aware of in the 155-pound weight class, even if they’re not yet entirely realistic.

“I will take anybody – I’m not afraid of anyone,” Gouti said. “I train with the best, and I know what I do and what I train. Just before this fight I asked Sean Shelby to give me Joe Lauzon. I don’t think he took my request into consideration, because a kind of guy like Joe Lauzon, I am not a good matchup for him. Next time I would like to fight against a very good lightweight to show that I am (a good) fighter.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Rotterdam results: Thibault Gouti picks up much-needed win in impressive fashion

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After suffering a pair of first-round losses during a disappointing three-fight losing streak, Frenchman Thibault Gouti extracted a measure of revenge against Andrew Holbrook by securing his own first-round TKO.

The lightweight bout kicked off the action for Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 115 event, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

It was Holbrook who was seeking a takedown early while the two went back-and-forth in the standup game, but Gouti defended well and also threatened with knees when his opponent changed levels. As they continued to strike, it was Gouti who landed a crushing high kick, sending Holbrook to the floor despite the blow being partially blocked.

Turtling on the floor, Holbrook somehow survived the early onslaught and crawled to his feet, but Gouti wasn’t done. A non-stop barrage of punches continued, and referee Neil Hall had no choice but to wave off the contest at the 4:28 mark of the first frame.

Gouti (12-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) picked up his first UFC win with the result. Holbrook (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) now has two consecutive defeats.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 115 results include:

  • Thibault Gouti def. Andrew Holbrook via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:28

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Thibault Gouti ruled out of UFC Fight Night 110 with illness hours before event

UFC Fight Night 110 has lost a fight just hours before the event is set to take place.

Thibault Gouti vs. Dong Hyun Kim has been removed from the card because of an illness to Gouti, the UFC announced.

“On the advice of physicians, and with the athlete’s health and safety in mind, UFC has removed Thibault Gouti from his bout today against Dong Hyun Kim at ‘UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt’ in Auckland, New Zealand due to illness,” the promotion said in a statement. “‘UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt’ will proceed with 11 bouts.”

The lightweight fight between Gouti (11-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) and Kim (14-8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was set to open the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, which precede the FS1-televised main card from Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

Nothing specific is known about Gouti’s illness. He made 154 pounds seemingly without issue during yesterday’s weigh-ins.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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