Takanori Gomi wants his first chance at the middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and if he earns a win over Diego Sanchez he’ll move one-step closer to realizing his dream.
“Like I said, in order to achieve the title, I think I have to have a good fight and good win on Sunday,” said Gomi through a translator to MMA Junkie. “I think to win this match would be a good start.”
Since Gomi came to the UFC, he is an even 3-3 and is coming off a pair of wins last year, including a Fight of the Night against Mac Danzig. Gomi’s three losses have come at the hands of former title contenders Clay Guida, Nate Diaz and Kenny Florian. He attempts to earn his first UFC title shot when he meets Sanchez, who won The Ultimate Fighter.
Sanchez is currently 12-5 for the UFC. He will be making his lightweight return for the first time since 2009. He had moved up to welterweight, but found little success going 2-2. He also holds five Fight of the Night honors and Fight of the Year when he defeated Guida in 2009.
Gomi vs. Sanchez are set for the main card of UFC on FUEL TV 8 from the Saitama Super Arena on March 3. The main event features Wanderlei Silva’s return to Japan as he takes on Brian Stann.