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Teshay Gouthro – They’re going to see a calm, calculated savage in there.

Teshay Gouthro at Niagara Top Team after his last hard training on fight week. Photo by Andy Cotterill

Teshay Gouthro – They’re going to see a calm, calculated savage in there.

By Andy Cotterill

It’s fight week for Teshay Gouthro, and he’s flat on his back wincing in pain.

Fighters can get hurt in a myriad of ways, but for the Niagara Top Team Bantamweight prospect this pain doesn’t have anything to do with getting hit.

The source of his discomfort is Michaela, the NTT physical therapist who is digging her thumb deep into one of his leg muscles at the end of his last hard training session before his fight with American opponent Efren Escareno at Cage Fury Fighting Championship in Philadelphia on Friday night.

He laughs. “You can see it on my face, can’t you?”

Gouthro and Escareno will be pitting their 4-1 records against each other in a matchup that might not have happened had Gouthro not sent a needling message.

“This guy said no to me three times.” Gouthro remarked.

“Twice last year and once at the beginning of this year. I don’t know if he said no or his coaches said no, but they made the right decision.”

“So I messaged him at the beginning of this year and I was like, ‘You’re a little pussy’ and I put laugh out loud. He didn’t look at it but I know he saw it.”

Gouthro smells blood in the water.

“At the weigh-ins I’m going to let him know that I’m already in his head. You already thought about me, you already said no because you know. Deep down you fucking know what’s going to happen. We all know.”

This fight will be aired on UFC Fight Pass, and the potential is there for a large number of eyes to see him ply his trade inside the cage. I asked him what the fans who might be seeing him for the first time can expect.

“They’re going to see a calm, calculated savage in there. They’re going to see me smiling, having fun, breaking this guy down, talking to him, just enjoying my time in there and putting on a show.”