After a 0-5 skid in the UFC, Takanori Gomi may be headed back to a Japanese fight promotion for New Year’s.
It’s been a rough couple of years for lightweight legend Takanori Gomi, with the Japanese fighter going 0-5 over the past four years in the UFC. What’s worse: none of those losses was even close to competitive, with Gomi getting TKO’d or subbed early in the first round on all of them.
After his latest defeat at the hands of (the other) Dong Hyun Kim in September, many wondered if Gomi’s time in the UFC may be up. Nothing official has been revealed, but based on Takanori’s social media, it seems like he’s about to take a fight outside the organization he’s called home for the last 9 years.
“Return to the ring of Japan soon,” he wrote on Instagram with the hashtag #NewYearsEve.
New Year’s MMA is a longstanding tradition in Japan and Rizin Fighting Federation is holding the final round of their bantamweight World Grand Prix on December 31st. Will Gomi make an appearance on the card? And more importantly, will he be able to give us a decent performance, or are those largely a thing of the past?
With a career that spans nearly 20 years, it’s not surprising that Gomi is no longer able to keep up with the new up and comers at lightweight. But given the amount of star power he has, that may not stop him from continuing to test himself for a few years more.