Although the hotly-rumored lightweight contest between Kenny Florian and Japanese import Takanori Gomi still hasn’t been officially announced, it has not prevented Gomi from predicting the fight’s dramatic outcome.
“By knockout in the 1stRound,” Gomi told Kamipro.com* on how he intended to end Florian’s “UFC Fight Night 21” evening.
Just three years ago, Gomi was considered by most MMA pundits as the planet’s baddest lightweight. Although he still owns a dominant 31-5 professional record, Nick Diaz wiped away much of the mystique when he submitted Gomi with a nasty gogoplata at Pride 33, only to have it overturned to a No Contest when Diaz tested positive for weed shortly after.
Although “The Fireball Kid” is a modest .500 over his last four bouts, Gomi is confident he’ll make quite the splash in his UFC debut.
“I’m preparing well and I will not have problems adapting to the Octagon,” Gomi said, as translated by FightersOnly. “Mr. Florian is a fighter with good skills, one of the best of its kind in the UFC. It is a good opponent for a good start. I make a good fight for the public and start a successful outcome.”
Despite the 31 wins on Gomi’s resume, 14 of those W’s came by way of the judges’ scorecards. If he’s intends to have his arm raised on March 31st, then he needs to try and finish Florian because you know that Kenny’s not leaving his fate in the hands of three officials sitting Octagon-side.
Florian, a two-time UFC lightweight top contender, stakes claim to a 12-4 record, but what’s most impressive is the fact he’s ended all but one of his victories before the final horn. In addition, half of his losses have come in 5Round title fights, including his UFC 101 loss to reigning king BJ Penn this past August.
It is believed the two lightweights will headline the Spike TV broadcast, which is rumored to take place in North Carolina.
* – Special thanks to FightersOnly for bringing Kamipro.com’s interview with Gomi to our attention and their fantastic job of translating it.