Japanese sensation Takanori Gomi makes UFC debut against Kenny Florian live on Spike TV

Top Lightweight Contenders Do Battle On “UFC Fight Night” Wednesday, March 31 At 8:00 PM ET/PT New York, NY, March 29, 2010 – Two of the world’s best lightweight (155 lb.) mixed martial arts fighters, Kenny Florian and Takanori Gomi, will square off in the main event of Spike TV’s “UFC Fight Night” on Wednesday, … Read more

“UFC Fight Night 21” spotlight: a chat with Kenny Florian and Takanori Gomi

Kenny Florian and Takanori Gomi joined the media for a conference call on Monday to discuss their upcoming main event fight at “UFC Fight Night 21”, which takes place at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. on March 31. The following questions and answers are taken directly from the transcript of that call. If you would … Read more

UFC returns to Charlotte for first time in nearly 15 years as Florian faces Gomi at UFC Fight Night

TWO LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERSTARS FACE OFF ON SPIKE TV’S UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON MARCH 31st TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 AT 10 A.M. ET LAS VEGAS – Home to two of the first five Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) events, Charlotte, North Carolina will once again host the premier organization in mixed martial arts on … Read more

Takanori Gomi could fight Kenny Florian in his UFC debut

Takanori Gomi steps inside the UFC Octagon for the first time prior to UFC 108. "The Fireball Kid" will make his UFC debut sometime in 2010.

Japanese demigod Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi (31-5) could face Kenny Florian (12-4) in his UFC debut. The Shooto/Sengoku/PRIDE veteran is the UFC’s newest addition to their 155-pound lightweight division.

UFC President Dana White confirmed Gomi’s addition to the promotion Friday on his video blog. And ESPN’s MMA Live, for whom Florian works, Tweeted on Saturday, “It looks like Gomi will fight Ken-Flo in his UFC debut!”

White would not yet confirm the match-up between Florian and Gomi. When asked at the UFC 108 post-fight press conference if Florian would be Gomi’s debut fight he said, “Could be. There’s a lot of guys that could fight Gomi in that division. I don’t know.”

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Gomi vs. Oliveira completes Affliction PPV card

SEAL BEACH, California (July 6, 2009)—Japanese combat fighting superstar Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi has been added to the Affliction M-1 Global’s locked-and-loaded “Trilogy” card against upset-minded Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira, completing the five-fight Pay-Per-View event, live August 1 from the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The premier heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter in the universe, Russian icon Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (30-1-0), defends his WAMMA heavyweight title against No. 1 contender, Josh “The Babyfaced Assassin” Barnett (24-5-0), in the special main event.

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“Shooto: The Final Tradition” in-depth preview

On Sunday May 10th at JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan Shooto will present the final of their Tradition series, which will also make the 20th anniversary of professional Shooto. To make the occasion, leading Shooto promoter Sustain has put together one of their best cards in recent memory.

Takeshi Inoue vs. Rumina Sato
Although he was scheduled to compete in the Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix, Takeshi Inoue decided to forgo the tournament to defend his 143-pound Shooto world title on this card. While Inoue is the current Shooto poster boy and champion, he will be taking on the previous generation’s preeminent shooter, Rumina Sato.

In the past Rumina Sato was a dangerous fighter who could catch an explosive submission at anytime. Over the course of his career he has won by flying armbar, calf slicer, and flying triangle choke. However, over time the sport and age have caught up to Sato. Inoue, who regained his title in his last fight with Hideki Kadowaki, should have little trouble disposing of Sato in the first round.

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SENGOKU – No Ran 2009 results & live play by play

Go HERE for the Sengoku: Seventh Battle  live round-by-round updates and results. (This particular article below came after Sengoku: Sixth Battle and is referred to as Sengoku: No Ran 2009.  Sengoku: Seventh Battle took place on March 20, 2009.)

Stay tuned to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) as we bring you live play by play coverage for SENGOKU “NO RAN 2009” from Saitama, Japan.

Here’s the lineup for Sengoku – No Ran 2009:
Lightweight Championship bout: Takanori Gomi vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Middleweight Championship bout: Kazuo Misaki vs. Jorge Santiago
Light heavyweight bout: Sanae Kikuta vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
Heavyweight bout: Antonio Silva vs. Yoshihiro Nakao
Lightweight bout: Sergey Golyaev vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Heavyweight bout: Dave Herman vs. Choi Mu Bae
Light heavyweight bout: Muhammed Lawal vs. Yukiya Naito
Lightweight bout: Maximo Blanco vs. Seigo Inoue
Light heavyweight bout: Hidetada Irie vs. Minoru Kato

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End of the road for Takanori Gomi

On December 31, 2005, the last right hook of a devastating combination landed and ended the night for Hayato Sakurai.  With the victory, Takanori Gomi, “The Fireball Kid,” was declared the Pride 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Champion.  His impressive journey to the championship cemented him not only as one of the top lightweight fighters, but also as a top pound for pound fighter.  Despite only being three years ago, that night seems like a distant memory.

Fast forward to now and Gomi is hanging on to just a thread of respectability.  Last November, Sergey Golyaev finished what Nick Diaz started.  Although controversial, Golyaev took the decision victory and pushed Gomi that much closer to the edge.  Many thought that Gomi had done enough to take the decision over the unknown Golyaev, but unlike in Las Vegas, this time luck was not on his side.

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Historic MMA Fights: Nick Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi

It’s time for another edition of Historic MMA Fights.  These are legendary bouts in the history of MMA that are significant for one reason or another.  

Let’s go back to February 2007 at PRIDE 33 in Las Vegas, when PRIDE’s Lightweight Champion, Takanori Gomi (29-4-0) took on Nick Diaz (18-7-0).  It was PRIDE’s second and final show in the United States.

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