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Takanori Gomi
Vital Statistics
Full Name Takanori Gomi
Nick Name The Fireball Kid
Reach 70 in
Record 32 - 8 - 1 (Win - Loss - Draw)
Wins 12 (T)KOs (37.5 %)
6 Submissions (18.75 %)
14 Decisions (43.75 %)
Loses 6 Submissions ( 75 %)
2 Decisions ( 25 %)
Association Kugayama Rascal
Height 5'8"" (172.72cm)
Weight 155lbs (70.31kg)
Style Submission Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Boxing
Birth September 22, 1978
City Tokyo, Japan
Country Japan

Takanori Gomi Profile

Takanori Gomi started learning boxing when he was 15 years old, and was always an athletic kid. He was the pitcher for his school’s baseball team, but Gomi dropped out of high school when he failed to pass his grade. Academics were very important in his family, Gomi’s father was furious with him and his decision and disowned him after many arguments. Gravitating toward athletics, Gomi began studying wrestling and catch wrestling at Kiguchi Dojo and started competing in grappling tournaments all over Japan. More importantly, Gomi was not only competing and being competitive, but Gomi was winning. Gomi has won 4 All Japan Combat Wrestling championships, and placed third in another. In 2011, Gomi competed at ADCC (a very prestigious world tournament) and placed first in the 77kg category.

Gomi started competing in the Shooto organization in 1998, and quickly took to mixed martial arts. By the time December 16, 2001 came around, Gomi had compiled a 9-0 record and found himself competing for the Shooto welterweight championship. Gomi defeated Rumina Sato by decision that night, and left the ring with the belt. Gomi would win 4 more fights, only one of which was a title defense, and was scheduled to fight Joachim “Hell Boy” Hansen for the championship. The heavy underdog in the fight, the 6-1-1 Hansen would upset Gomi in the fight and win via decision. Many considered this fight the upset of the year for 2003, and the fight put Hansen on the map.

Gomi would go on to fight in Hawaii for the second time, this time against former UFC champion BJ Penn, and he lost by rear naked choke in the third round. Back in Japan, Gomi began fighting for Pride, and it would be his home for the next four years. It was at this time Gomi really started to become a dangerous striker in the ring, and was evolving faster then the fighters around him. He put together a 13-1 (1 nc) record, and he was finishing fighters all the time. In his first 10 fights, he finished 8 of his opponents. Including a win over Charles Bennet by kimura and a knock out victory of Jens Pulver. It was also in this time that Gomi would earn the fastest knock out in Pride history, when he knocked out Ralph Gracie at 6 seconds into their fight at Pride Bushido 3.

Gomi entered Pride’s lightweight Grand Prix in September of 2005, and he defeated Tatsuya Kawajiri by rear naked choked in a fight many considered to be the fight of the year. In the same night, Gomi defeated Luiz Azeredo by decision and cinching his place in the finals. The Final bout was held at Pride’s c annual New Years Eve event, and he defeated Hayato Sakurai by knock out in the first round and not only won the tournament but was awarded Pride’s lightweight championship belt.

Gomi’s next fight was a non-title fight against Marcus Aurelio, and would be Gomi’s only true loss of his Pride fighting career. After another win, Gomi would fight Aurelio for a second time, and this time the belt was on the line. Gomi would win the fight by split decision, and retain his title. After another win, Gomi fought Nick Diaz at Pride 33 in Las Vegas. Gomi was submitted by Diaz int he first round, but Diaz tested positive for marijuana after the fight, and it was turned into a no contest. This would be the last time Gomi would fight for Pride.

Gomi began fighting for another Japanese promotion called Sengoku, and put together 2 wins that included a win of Duane Ludwig. However, a few months later Gomi would be involved in another upset of the year when he lost to Sergey Golyaev by split decision. He then fought Satora Kitaoka for the Sengoku Lightweight title, but lost via submission in the first round. Gomi would leave Sengoku, and go back to his first fight promotions Shooto and Vale Tudo Japan where he picked up wins against Takashi Nakakura and Tony Hervey.

Gomi then signed a contract for the UFC, and was pitted against veteran Kenny Florian. Gomi would lose the fight via rear naked choke in the third round. After some injury shake ups to his original opponent, Gomi knocked out replacement fighter Tyson Griffin 1 minute into their fight, and earned himself the KO of the night bonus.

Gomi last fought Clay Guida at UFC 125, and lost via guillotine choke late in the second round. Takanori Gomi is set to face Nate Diaz at UFC 135.