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UFC Macao preview: Takanori Gomi and Mac Danzig fight for lightweight relevancy

The UFC Macao: Franklin vs. Le event will feature a lightweight bout between former PRIDE standout Takanori Gomi and TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig. UFC Macao will air on FUEL TV at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday morning and will be the first UFC event in China. Let’s see how this fight breaks down.

Takanori Gomi (33-8, 1NC) comes into this bout off his TKO win over Eiji Mitsuoka at UFC 144. It was Gomi’s first win after previously going (1-3) in his first four UFC fights. Gomi has won 14 fights via TKO and six via submission. He has been submitted in six of his eight losses. The former PRIDE lightweight champion is virtually a shell of his former self after being one of the more dominant lightweight fighters from 2003-06.

Mac Danzig (21-9-1) comes into this bout off his unanimous decision win over Efrain Escudero at UFC 145. The former TUF winner has alternated wins and losses with a (3-2) record dating back to 2010. Danzig has won 10 fights via submission and five fights via TKO. He has only been knocked out once while the majority of his losses have come via judges decision.

The best days of both fighters are probably in the rear view mirror, and both badly need wins even though they are both coming off wins in their last outings. Gomi has virtually become a headhunter over the last few years, throwing haymakers in hopes that one of them lands to knock his opponents out. However, that’s pretty much what has happened in his two UFC wins. Although his skills have diminished tremendously, he still has good power in his hands that can take anyone out.

Danzig’s record doesn’t look that great, and technically one of the losses shouldn’t count since the referee made a terrible judgement call in favor of Matt Wiman at UFC 115. However, he has been fighting much tougher opposition compared to Gomi. Danzig is the more well rounded fighter these days and probably has much better cardio. Danzig is the more accurate striker and is technically superior as well.

Danzig has a really good chin even though Gomi has the edge in power. The one time that Danzig was finished via TKO, it was against a guy that normally fought at welterweight. I think Danzig will be able to avoid the wild haymakers of Gomi and pick him apart on the feet. If Gomi decides to try and take him down I think Danzig’s guard is good enough to keep Gomi from being too offensive there. The grappling would probably zap the small amount of cardio that Gomi has in the tank. I expect Danzig to wear Gomi down and submit him later in the fight.

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