Takanori Gomi may be seeking a taste of revenge when he returns to action in September to face Nate Diaz at UFC 135.
UFC officials announced the bout late Monday evening.
Gomi (32-7) faces the younger Diaz brother, but it won’t be his first fight against the family. The former Pride champion battled Nick Diaz in 2007, and after a crazy back-and-forth fight, Gomi was eventually submitted by gogoplata.
The fight was overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following Diaz testing positive for marijuana after the bout’s conclusion. Regardless how the decision reads, Gomi still has to live with the memory of a loss in his mind.
To gain a certain level of redemption, Gomi will have to go through Nate Diaz (13-7), who returns to the lightweight division after back-to-back losses at welterweight.
Diaz moved up to 170 pounds and immediately tasted success with wins over Rory Markham and Marcus Davis, but it was short lived. Losses to Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald followed and the Cesar Gracie trained fighter decided to go back to his natural weight class at 155 pounds.
The always tough Stockton, Calif., native will be looking to get back on track when he faces Gomi in Denver.