With the addition of the lightweight scrap between Rob Emerson and Nik Lentz, the 11-bout card for “UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi” is now complete.
The Spike TV broadcast will be headlined by an enormous lightweight matchup between former two-time UFC top contender Kenny Florian and Japanese sensation Takanori Gomi. Speaking of big, opening for them is a heavyweight affair between “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Stefan Struve.
Gomi owns an impressive 31-5 record, but has struggled to find consistency since PrideFC’s demise. His exciting style and success made him a fan-favorite overseas, with his most impressive performance coming in a magical scrap against former Shooto teammate Hayato “Mach” Sakurai at Pride Shockwave 2005.
Florian looked sensational in his last outing where he submitted an always-game Clay Guida in the 2ndRound of their UFC 107 contest. The win bumped his record to an impressive 12-4, with all but one of his W’s ending before the final bell.
Nelson captured “TUF: Heavyweights” crown after he knocked out Brendan Schaub in the 1stRound of their “The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale” contest. Prior to the win, MMA’s biggest gut was riding a two-fight losing streak, however still owns an impressive 14-4 mark overall.
After getting waxed by Junior Dos Santos in his Octagon debut at UFC 95 last February, Struve has rolled off three straight victories. The youngster was last seen taking a surprising unanimous decision over MMA veteran Paul Buentello at UFC 107, bumping the 21-year-old’s record to 19-3.
Here is the complete roster that will be participating inside the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 31st:
Charlie Brenneman vs. Jason High
Gerald Harris vs. Mario Mirada
Gleison Tibau vs. Caol Uno
Rob Emerson and Nik Lentz
Yushin Okami vs. Lucio Linhares
Jake Volkmann vs. Ronys Torres
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Andre Winner
Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver
Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera
Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Stefan Struve
Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi