Coming To America – UFC Signs Japanese Star Takanori Gomi

Written by Tom Ngo
January 1st, 2010

Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi has officially signed with the UFC according to a report from MMAFighting. Gomi owns an impressive 31-5 record, but has struggled to find consistency since Pride’s demise.

Gomi’s addition will immediately bolster a quickly shrinking lightweight division with its champion BJ Penn picking off one fighter after another. Penn owns a victory over Gomi from an event 6 years ago.

One of Japan’s most well known fighters, Gomi’s exciting style has made him a huge name overseas and he will look to bring the same excitement into the Octagon.

His most impressive victory has to be against former Shooto teammate Hayato “Mach” Sakurai at Pride Shockwave 2005.

There has been no announcement as to when Gomi will make his debut for the UFC.

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