Going, Going, Gomi

Written by Tom Ngo
January 6th, 2009

After suffering his second consecutive loss, former top ranked lightweight Takanori Gomi will be taking some time out of the spotlight to work on getting his fight game back to where it once was. Gomi, one of Japan’s most popular fighters, states that he needs to get back in the gym to learn and not teach.

After his most recent lackluster performance against Satoru Kitaoka, which found him on the wrong end of an achilles lock at “Sengoku no Ran 2008,” Gomi is calling for change.

“I would like to return to training the basics, maybe take half a year or a year off and rebuild myself physically,” Gomi stated. “Then, I’d like to take on some foreign fighters and, of course, Kitaoka. I started my own gym two years ago, and I’m happy that my students are getting stronger, but it’s not exactly top-class training with them. I’d like to get back to that top training.”

Before Gomi opened his gym, he held a dominating 27-3 record, and had won 13 of his last 14 bouts. Aside from being one of the most feared fighters in his division, he was arguably one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in all of MMA.

Since then, he has gone 2-2, including a no contest against Nick Diaz, dropping out of most top ten rankings. Diaz actually submitted Gomi with a very impressive gogoplata, however Diaz later tested positive for marijuana, letting Gomi off the hook.

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