If you thought UFC 135 was exciting before, well you haven’t seen anything yet. The UFC went out and booked a matchup with a bunch of different storylines – Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi. UFC.com announced it just a little while ago:
September’s big UFC 135 card in Denver just got bigger with the addition of a lightweight clash between former PRIDE champ Takanori Gomi and Nate Diaz, who is returning to the 155-pound weight class after a stint at welterweight.
“Verbal agreements are in for an explosive lightweight matchup, as the “Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi takes on Nate Diaz at UFC 135,” said UFC President Dana White. “Gomi had an amazing battle with Nick Diaz in PRIDE and is looking for some payback against his brother.”
As “Dana” mentioned, Gomi will be looking to avenge a “loss” in one of the best MMA fights of all time when he was finished via gogoplata by Nate’s brother Nick Diaz at Pride 33 in 2007. The bout was later ruled a no contest after Diaz tested positive for marijuana, but it was one of the craziest fights and craziest finishes you’ll ever see. Nate’s welterweight run started well with two straight wins, but he recently dropped two decisions in a row to Dong-Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald. Now he will return to lightweight to take on Gomi. How good is this going to be?
Takanori “Fireball Kid” Gomi (32-7)
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