Diego Sanchez Targets Takanori Gomi for Potential Fight at UFC on Fuel in Japan

November 23, 2012
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Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson at UFC 95An injury put former Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez on the sidelines for most of 2012, but he’s ready to kick things off with a potentially big match-up in 2013 with his return to the lightweight division.

Sanchez said via Twitter on Friday that he has requested a bout against former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi for the upcoming UFC on Fuel card headed to Japan on March 2.

“Might have a fight lined up for March 2,” wrote Sanchez. “Just waiting on the man Joe Silva to see if Mr. Fireball Kid takes it?”

Mr. Fireball Kid is of course reference to Gomi, who most recently fought and won at UFC on Fuel in China where he defeated another former Ultimate Fighter winner in Mac Danzig.

It appears Sanchez, who is returning to lightweight for the first time since a 2009 fight against B.J. Penn, is targeting a Japanese legend in his home country.

There is little doubt that the UFC would like to have Gomi fight on the upcoming card in Japan, and a fight against Sanchez could serve at worst as co-main event on the show.

MMAWeekly.com will continue to update this fight if it becomes a done deal.

  • shakejunt

    would be an interesting match-up, but i think a lot of us are hoping for dos anjos vs gomi in japan. maybe diego can fight josh thompson after sf folds?

    • Mark McDowall

      Those would both be good fights. I think Sanchez will be lucky if he makes the main card on this one…

      • DamianCross

        He’d be lucky if he made the opener on fuel tv. Nobody wants to watch Sanchez hold Gomi down for 3 rounds

        • Skatanicus

          I think you have Sanchez confused with any other fighter that ever lived. When did Sanchez ever hold someone down for three rounds to get the victory?

          • DamianCross

            All those times that he didn’t get the flash KO. Which is every time.

            Ok fine I’ll change my previous statment. Nobody wants to watch Sanchez hold Gomi’s BACK for 3 rounds. Happy?

    • Skatanicus

      Dos Anjos versus Gomi would be silly. Dos Anjos showed in his last fight that he is top tier, fast approaching a contender spot, and he’s going to fight Gomi? Gomi should be fighting guys trying just to stay alive.

  • Mike

    Gomi will knock his ass out just like Tyson Griffen. He has no stand up skills what so ever.

  • I have Sanchez by far. He is still a beast. Sorry Gomi,