Johnny Bedford, who at 5-foot-10 is seven inches taller than Gaudinot, easily won in the first Spike TV fight on the Ultimate Fighter Finale card, and the story of the fight was the size difference: Although Bedford and Gaudinot both weighed in at the bantamweight limit of 136 pounds, they're a very different 136. Bedford is a big, strong guy who cuts a lot to get down to 136, while Bedford is a tenacious but tiny fighter who could easily make 125 pounds.
Bedford battered away at Gaudinot in the first round for what should have been a 10-8 round, and in the second round he continued to completely overpower Gaudinot. In the third, Gaudinot just had nothing left, and after Bedford whaled on him for a couple minutes, referee Steve Mazzagatti finally stepped in and stopped the fight.
"I'm ecstatic right now," Bedford said afterward. "I'm just fortunate and blessed to be here, to have an opportunity in the UFC."
It was a solid showing for Bedford, who has now won seven of his last eight pro fights. He's a good addition to the UFC's bantamweight division.
As for Gaudinot, he could be a good addition to a future flyweight division. But at bantamweight, he's going to get beaten up by bigger opponents. That's what Bedford did to him on Saturday night.
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