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Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi set for UFC 135

Any chance Nate Diaz (left) could take out Takanori Gomi with a gogoplata at UFC 135?

Following a 2-2 stint at welterweight*, TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz is moving back to the 155-pound division to take on former Pride lightweight champ Takanori Gomi at UFC 135 on Sept. 24.

UFC President Dana White confirmed verbal agreements were in place in a Tuesday report on the promotion’s website.

Diaz (13-7) made his UFC debut in 2007 and won his first five fights inside the Octagon. However, in the eight fights he has had since 2009, he has only won three. His most recent bout ended in a unanimous decision loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 129 in April.

It is very possible Diaz’s job could be on the line against Gomi (32-7, 1 NC) this fall.

Gomi was defeated in his UFC debut against Kenny Florian via rear-naked choke submission in March 2010. Four months later he bounced back with a shocking first round knockout of Tyson Griffin, picking up “KO of the night” honors and becoming the first person ever to stop the Xtreme Couture fighter.

Most recently, Gomi was submitted by Clay Guida at UFC 125 back in January.

Many MMA fans remember Gomi’s infamous ¬†submission loss to Nate’s brother, Nick Diaz, at Pride 33 in 2007. The fight garnered a ton of attention initially because it was the first time anyone had ever seen a gogoplata pulled off successfully in a high profile MMA bout.

Of course, Diaz’s win was later overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.

UFC 135 will take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., and feature a light heavyweight title fight between current champ Jon Jones and Quintin “Rampage” Jackson in the main event. Stay tuned to ProMMAnow.com’s Upcoming Events page for the complete fight card as it is announced.

*Diaz’s UFC 111 bout with Rory Markham was actually fought at a catchweight of 177 pounds. However, the bout was initially supposed to be at welterweight and Diaz weighed in at 171 pounds.

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