Fireworks Expected as Takanori Gomi Faces Nate Diaz at UFC 135 in Denver

June 21, 2011
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Takanori Gomi

Takanori Gomi

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.

  • rob da rippah

    This should be a great fight. Perfect match up

  • That’s a solid fight. Hope Gomi is aware of the altitude issues he’ll face for this fight. That could be a real problem for him.

  • diazforprez

    I hope Diaz can pull this one off it’s a perfect match up for him. Gomi’s not all that great in the states his record proves that. The Diaz bros are the most exciting fighters in mma bar none they come to fight.

  • Laytonvillan

    The Diaz FTW attitude is what makes both Nick and Nate so much fun to watch, I love it! They allong with all the Cesar Gracie fighters are my favorite guys to watch bar none! I’m a Nor-Cal homegrown fight fan for life……I live in the most beautiful town that nobody has ever heard of (Laytonville), in the best state everyone wishes they could live(CA), with best fighters in the WORLD (Gracie & NCFA)!!! Nate is going to whip Gomi, make a run at the 155 title and I’m loving every fight along the way!

  • afk

    nate just needs to have that same unflinching confidence in his hands that his brother does.

    diaz ftw all the way

  • armendo420

    daiz bros are KING bitches

  • Laytonvillan

    armendo420, what are you talking about? You cannot really be from Mendo and not like the Diaz brothers! Stop Hating, Nick and Nate are savages, plus they are loyal to Nor-Cal which obviously you are not!

  • dealinwhips

    Nate sucks huge balls.. While Nick is stellar and I will always watch him fight, the only reason to watch Nate fight is to watch him get his ass handed to him again, and again, and again….

  • nogeorge101

    This Diaz douche twin is going to get ktfo. Can’t wait for both of the Diaz douche twins to either 1) kicked out of all fighting promorions and/or 2) get beat so bad the FTW attidtude goes away. Either way, it will shut all of you Diaz ball suckers up! Go back and fight on the streets…that is how you represent yourselves, classless fools. Thug 4 life 4 right?