Japanese MMA fighter and former Pride Fighting Championship standout Takanori Gomi joined the UFC’s lightweight roster at the first of this year; a move many felt was too late, that Gomi had put his best days behind him. “The Fireball Kid” would seem to prove his critics correct as he lost his first UFC bout to Kenny Florian via third round submission. However, the Japanese slugger would bounce back from that defeat with an absolutely devastating first round knockout of previously unfinished lightweight Tyson Griffin. The win has propelled Gomi’s stock in the 155lb division and with one or two more impressive wins he could be looking at a title shot; an opportunity which he revealed at a press conference in promotion of the UFC Undisputed 2010 videogame that he would relish.
In addition to his submission loss to Florian, Gomi’s 32-6 professional record also sports a submission loss to former UFC lightweight kingpin BJ Penn dating back to 2003. Gomi attributes those losses to Florian and Penn’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu base and believes that UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar’s wrestling base provides him with a good style match up.
“BJ [and 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,” said Gomi.
“The Fireball Kid” may be on to something as Griffin fights off of a wrestling base, and he had no problem separating him from consciousness. Gomi told press conference attendees that he is looking to make a title run at lightweight and is curious as to how he stacks up against Edgar.
“I’m aiming for the belt? Yes, I am,” said Gomi. “I think I can take the belt. Hmmm…I wonder if I’m stronger than the champ?”
Nothing has been announced as of yet concerning when Gomi will fight again or against whom but Gomi promised a “very aggressive” opponent.