Takanori Gomi Meets George Sotiropoulos in Japan

Written by Tom Ngo
November 28th, 2011

UFC Lightweight Takanori Gomi

Despite dropping three of his four bouts under the UFC’s watch, including his last two scraps, former PrideFC lightweight champion Takanori Gomi (Pictured) has been added to the company’s show in Japan. “The Fireball Kid” will face George Sotiropoulos on February 26th inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.

Speaking of two-fight losing skids, Sotiropoulos will also enter The Land of the Rising Sun in desperate need of a victory. Prior to his current losing streak, the once-promising 155-pounder had won eight consecutive contests.

Gomi was last seen getting submitted by Nate Diaz at UFC 135 this past September. He tapped out to Clay Guida and Kenny Florian in his other Octagon losses. The 33-year-old’s lone victory in the big leagues came in a quick knockout of Tyson Griffin.

UFC 144 will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between champion Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson. No word from the organization on how the card will be made available for viewing.

Here are the athletes expected to appear in the extravaganza:

Preliminary Bouts:

Tiequan Zhang vs. Leonard Garcia

Takanori Gomi vs. George Sotiropoulos

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso

Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda

Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski

Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch

Main Bouts:

Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt

Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader

Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)

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