After watching UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar trounce former king BJ Penn for the second consecutive time, it didn’t take long for “The Answer” to be confronted with a multitude of anxious adversaries. Chiming in from the Far East is former Pride ruler Takanori Gomi, who is curious to find out just how strong little Frankie actually is.
“BJ, [Kenny] Florian have a jiu jitsu base so I had a hard time dealing with them, but the champion has a wrestling base so I can fight him calmly,” Gomi said during this week’s UFC Undisputed 2010 promotional event in Tokyo (Courtesy of NightmareOfBattle). “I’m aiming for the belt? Yes, I am. I think I can take the belt.
“Hmmm … I wonder if I’m stronger than the champ?”
“The Fireball Kid” was shooting blanks prior to his 64 second knockout of Tyson Griffin at “UFC on Versus: Jones vs. Matyushenko” last month. Before bumping his impressive record to 32-6 (1 NC), the Japanese sensation had dropped three of his last five contests. Although Florian whooped him in his Octagon debut at “UFC Fight Night 21,” Gomi claims the scrap against Griffin was his official stateside coming out party.
Despite his desire to challenge for Edgar’s hardware, slapping Griffin silly hardly justifies getting catapulted into a 5Round affair. With Gray Maynard earning his next dibs status this past weekend at UFC 118 with a lopsided win over the aforementioned Florian, Gomi sits and awaits his next assignment.
“I think my next opponent will be another aggressive fighter,” Gomi said of his fate.
The rumor mill has been fairly quiet on the Takanori front. However, how sick would a Penn vs. Gomi rematch be? BJ is coming off two convincing losses to Edgar, while Gomi believes his overall resume warrants a shot at the throne.
The Hawaiian submitted Gomi with a rear-naked choke at “Rumble on the Rock 4” back in October 2003.