The UFC has announced that exciting lightweight fighters Nate Diaz and Takanori Gomi are now scheduled to face off against one another this September at UFC 135.
The UFC posted the news to their official Twitter account: “Anybody like exciting fights? Because we just booked @NateDiaz209 vs. Takanori @GOMI_RSCL for UFC 135 in Denver. Now you know.”
Repping the 209 as well as the Cesar Gracie fight team, the youngest of the fighting Diaz brothers will be looking to snap a two-fight losing streak which he accrued as a welterweight when he takes on “The Fireball Kid.” After going 1-3 at lightweight losing very close and sometimes controversial decisions, Diaz jumped up in weight to 170lbs., where he found success in taking out Rory Markham and Marcus Davis before running into brick walls in the forms of Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald. Diaz drops back to 155lbs. for his bout against the Japanese veteran.
Once considered the greatest lightweight fighter alive, Takanori Gomi gets a chance at tangential revenge with this bout, as he was defeated by Nate’s older brother Nick at Pride 33 back in 2007 in one of the promotion’s most memorable bouts (and that’s saying something). Though the victory was overturned to a No Contest when Diaz tested positive for marijuana, the victory, which he snatched by applying a rarely seen gogoplata choke following two rounds of back and forth brawling, was clearly deserved. Since then, Gomi has seen mixed results, going 5-4 overall.
Since making his UFC debut in 2010 against Kenny Florian (a bout which he lost via submission), Gomi has faced Tyson Griffin and Clay Guida, knocking Griffin out in the first round and losing to Guida via submission in his most recent outing.
UFC 135 is expected to take place on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and will likely feature UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones’ first title defense against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.