Hey guys well what can I say, I missed you guys so here I am back at blogging for my next fight. In this blog I want to answer some questions on why I chose my next fight.
When people found out that I was fighting at 135 pounds again most people wondered why. At 125 pounds some rankings had me in the top 10 in the world, but at 135 pounds I’m nowhere near the top 10.
If you saw my last fight it was easy to notice that I was the smaller of the two, not only that, but as the commentators said “I got muscled around” a little bit. Some people said I got lucky and my opponent just made a mistake and that’s why I won. Ha!
Fighting at 125 lbs. or 135 lbs.
A few weeks after my last fight Jeremy [Luchau] from Tachi Palace hit me up and told me that I was going to be fighting on the December 2nd card. He asked me if there was anyone that I wanted to fight and I told him “I don’t pick my fights, you know that.”
He laughed and asked me what weight I wanted to fight at since my last fight was at 135. I told him that I wanted to go back down to 125. I had some unfinished business there and I want to get my belt back.
He couldn’t justify giving me a title shot at 125 pounds since my last fight was at 135 pounds. I understood and he told me that he would give me a call in a couple days when he found an opponent for me.
Well sure enough a couple of days went by and my phone starts to ring, I answer it and Jeremy asked me how I felt about fighting at 135 pounds. I told him that I would prefer fighting at 125 for my next fight.
He then explained to me the situation; he informed me that they were trying to get the Cody Gibson vs Farkhad Sharipov fight but that Sharipov recently signed with Bellator FC. So that left Cody out in the dust with no one to fight, they asked me if I would fight him.
I asked him why the name Cody Gibson sounded familiar and he told me it was because one of my good friends David Bollea fought him last year and David submitted him in the second round. But that fight was at 155 pounds and now Cody is fighting at 135 pounds.
Tachi Palace Fights Bantamweight Title
He told me that they wanted me to step in and take the fight but that there was a catch, it would be for the Vacant 135 pound Tachi Palace Championship. I told him that I would take the fight but I had to run it by my team first and foremost.
I talked to Sim Go who was my grappling coach and he was confident in the match up. I train with bigger guys all the time and this would be my third fight at 135 pounds so it wouldn’t be that much of a shock to me being the smaller guy.
Cody is tall for 135 at 5’10” and he would have a big size advantage but I’m a firm believer that technique prevails over size and strength. Royce proved that in UFC 1 and Cain proved that in his fight against Brock and I want to prove it in my fight with Cody.
The more I thought about the fight the more it seemed right to me. Cody is a tough guy no doubt about that but I’m confident in myself and my fighting abilities. I know that he always comes to fight and it’s going to be a dog fight.
Eyes on the Big Prize
He said in an interview that his goal is to break me in this fight, good luck with that buddy. This fight means more than just the belt to me, it could possibly mean a call from the UFC.
The reason why the Tachi Palace belt is vacant is because the former champion Michael McDonald vacated the belt to join the UFC. And the champion before him Cole Escovedo is fighting in the UFC as well.
It’s safe to say that winning this belt is a step in the right direction.
I called Jeremy back and told him that I would take the fight but that after I won I wanted to fight for the 125 pound belt also, he laughed and told me to win the fight first and “we’ll talk about the 125 belt after.”
I figure that when I get this belt I could go back down to 125 and fight for that belt also. If I hold both the 125 pound belt and the 135 pound belt, it will raise some eyebrows for the bigger shows.
It will prove that I can fight at either weight, 125 or 135. Call it wishful thinking but I’m trying to take over the world one fight at a time and the next one is on December 2nd.
“The Ulysses Gomez Experiment” is a weekly ProMMAnow.com blog series written by world top 10 ranked flyweight Ulysses Gomez as he prepares for his Dec. 2 fight at Tachi Palace Fights 11. “The Ulysses Gomez Experiment” is part of our ongoing series of exclusive content written by individuals involved in the mixed martial arts industry.