If there’s a third Diaz brother somewhere out there, chances are Takanori Gomi wants no part of him.
While his fight with Nick Diaz was overturned to a no contest, Gomi didn’t fair much better against the younger Diaz brother as Nate submitted the Japanese legend by armbar in the first round of their fight at UFC 135.
Dropping back down to 155lbs after an experiment at welterweight, Nate Diaz looked better than ever with his performance on Saturday night.
Diaz tossed his jab out and tagged Gomi, and then followed up with a quick one-two combo over and over again and the former Pride champion simply had no answer for it.
Gomi found himself against the cage taking punishment from Diaz, so he eventually tried to take the fight to the ground, but that only served to backfire as well.
A strong jiu-jitsu practitioner, Diaz immediately started searching for submission and locked up a tight triangle choke. As tight as it was, Gomi didn’t give up and tried to roll out, but instead gave up a perfectly timed armbar from Diaz.
It was only applied for a moment before Gomi was forced to tap or he would say goodbye to a healthy elbow.
Diaz gets back on track after a couple of losses at welterweight, and paid ultimate respect to his opponent after it was done.
“I’m happy to get the win. He’s dangerous, Takanori Gomi’s a Pride champion for years he’s one of my favorite fighters, forever, still is,” Diaz said about his opponent.
The win gets Diaz back on track in the lightweight division with one of his strongest victories to date. Unfortunately, Gomi’s time in the UFC hasn’t gone well for the former Pride legend. Now 1-3 in the Octagon, it’s unclear if Gomi will get another shot in the UFC or not.
As far as what Diaz is gunning for?
“I want one of the top four guys,” Diaz said after the win.