After much debate, Japanese superstar Takanori Gomi will officially make his long-awaited U.S. debut at Affliction: Trilogy on August 1st against Rafaello Oliveira.
Gomi, who was once the world’s most dominating lightweight fighter, has dropped two of his last three fights. He was finally able to get off the snide against Takashi Nakakura at Shooto: Tradition Final this past May.
His career appeared to spiral downward after Nick Diaz dominated him throughout their Pride FC bout in 2007. Although Diaz subbed him with a nasty gogoplata in the second round, Gomi was let off the hook with a no contest ruling after Diaz subsequently tested positive for “Mary Jane.”
Oliveira, who holds an 8-1 pro mark, will be taking on the Gomi in one of the night’s five pay-per-view bouts.
Here is the list of fighters that will be competing inside the ring on August 1st:
Preliminary Bouts: (Non-televised)
Jessie Gibbs vs. Rob Broughton
Lucio Linhares vs. Givanildo Santana
Preliminary Bouts: (Televised on HDNet)
Deividas Taurosevicius vs. Mark Hominick
LC Davis and Javier Vazquez
Ben Rothwell vs. Chase Gormley
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon
Jay Hieron vs. Paul Daley
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Takanori Gomi
Paul Buentello vs. Gilvert Yvel
Vitor Belfort vs Jorge Santiago
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Gegard Mousassi
Josh Barnett vs. Fedor Emelianenko (WAMMA Heavyweight Champion)