What do you do when your MMA career is spiraling in the wrong direction? If you are former PrideFC champion Takanori Gomi, you head back to your old stomping grounds where you put together a dominating 12-1 record. That five-year period marked the most successful time of his career.
According to Japan-MMA.com, Gomi will be making his return to the popular Japanese Shooto promotion for the company’s final 20th Anniversary “Tradition Series” show on May 10th at the JCB Hall.
Gomi is expected to take on Shooto champion Takashi Nakakura, who currently claims an 11-2-1 record, and is flawless in his last five.
Although Gomi still holds a 29-5 overall record, the one-time #1 lightweight fighter in the world has dropped his last two. Prior to that, he was disappointing in a unanimous decision win over Seung Hwan Bang at Sengoku: The Fourth Battle.
In addition to Gomi’s brawl with Nakakura, Shooto’s promotions is also expected to feature bouts between top 10 featherweight Takeshi Inoue vs. Rumina Sato and Koutetsu Boku vs. Yutaka Ueda.