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Takanori Gomi upset at Sengoku VI

Takanori Gomi, one of World Victory Road’s top drawing cards, suffered defeat earlier today at Sengoku VI in Japan at the hands of a little-known teammate of Fedor Emelianenko’s.

Facing Sergey Golyaev of the Red Devil fight club, the heavily-favored Gomi losT a split decision that has not come without controversy. Gomi controlled the tempo of the fight and many pundits anticipated that he would be ahead of the judges’ scorecards. However, Golyaev, thanks to a near-TKO in the second round, walked away victorious.

The fight card was held at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, adding to the shock of Gomi’s decision loss. Japanese fighters traditionally have had a homefield advantage when it comes to refereeing and judging, making it extremely curious that Gomi lost a fight in his home country that many felt he deserved to win.

Gomi’s loss leaves the Sengoku lightweight title picture in a state of confusion. The promotion also held the semifinals and finals of its first-ever lightweight Grand Prix on today’s card, with Satoru Kitaoka defeating Kazunori Yokota in the final via unanimous decision. Gomi had been expected to fight the winner of the lightweight Grand Prix for the vacant Sengoku lightweight title on Jan. 4. The status of that matchup is less than certain.

Gomi, considered by many leading polls to to be the number two lightweight in the world, is technically 2-1 with one no contest in his last four fights but would be 2-2 had the Nevada State Athletic Commission not moved to overturn his 2007 submission loss to Nick Diaz at PRIDE 33.

Diaz submitted Gomi with a gogoplata at 1:46 of round 2 during PRIDE’s second and last event held on U.S. soil but NSAC ruled to declare the result a no contest in the weeks that proceeded the bout after Diaz tested for an abnormally high-level of THC.

Prior to the loss vs. Golyaev, Gomi was 2-0 while competing under the Sengoku banner. He defeated Duane Ludwig during the promotion’s first show this past March after Ludwig was TKO’d due to a cut. Gomi returned to action at Sengoku IV in August and recorded an underwhelming unanimous decision victory over Seung Hwan Bang.

While one of Sengoku’s top stars in Gomi went down in defeat, one of the promotion’s up-and-coming prospects improved his record to 2-0 with another impressive victory, as former amateur wrestling standout Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal recorded a third round TKO over Chute Boxe’s Fabio Silva.

Lawal made his professional mixed martial arts debut in September at Sengoku V, where he defeated former YAMMA heavyweight champion Travis Wiuff via TKO at just 2:11 into the contest.

In other Sengoku VI results news, Jorge Santiago won the finals of the promotion’s middleweight Grand Prix and is now expected to face Kazuo Misaki on Jan. 4 for the vacant Sengoku middleweight title. Former PRIDE superstar Antonio Rogerio Nogueira also made a triumphant return to Japan, recording a unanimous decision over French fighter Moise Rimbon.

Full results are as follows:

Lightweight Grand Prix Reserve Fight:
Jorge Masvidal def. Bang Seung Hwan via unanimous decision

Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals:
Satoru Kitaoka def. Eiji Mitsuoka via submission (heel hook) at 1:17 of round 1
Kazunori Yokota def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision

Lightweight Grand Prix Final:
-Kitaoka def. Yokota via unanimous decision

Middleweight Grand Prix Reserve Fight:
Joe Doerksen def. Izuru Takeuchi via TKO (strikes) at 4:13 of round 3

Middleweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals:
Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Yuki Sasaki via unanimous decision
Jorge Santiago def. Siyar Bahadurzada via submission (heel hook) at 1:10 of round 1

Middleweight Grand Prix Final:
– Santiago def. Nakamura via TKO (strikes) at 0:56 of round 3

Non-Tournament Bouts:

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Moise Rimbon via unanimous decision

Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal def. Fabio Silva via TKO (strikes) at 0:40 of round 3

Sergey Golyaev def. Takanori Gomi via split decision

  • saerbarnet says:

    Seems like they just never get the right results of the fights they make.. Ryan Schultz was set up to face Gomi but he lost and never got the fight.. Now this

  • Ronny Badass says:

    ha ha ha

  • orlando says:

    dude fuck ryan schults… boy beat him! Jorge has the potential to do alot man. Watch him, and see

  • Rich S. says:

    your ma boy Gomi..
    your ma boy!

  • Justin B says:

    I personally thought Gomi won the fight. But he was hurt really bad in rd 2 and that always looks bad. But he came back strong in 3. Round 1 either way.

    I agree Orland Masvidal is a bad man. I would of loved to see him and Gomi. Still would. Gomi is a touch overrated though.

  • Brent says:

    I just watched the fights – Golyaev won, correct decision – pretty shocking considering that the fix is always in for Asian fighters in Japan.

  • Shatner says:

    Brent if you watched the fights and you’re yelling correct decision they FIX the fights in Japan! IT tells me you’re full of shit because Gomi was robbed like several other American fighters are and you’re just taking a shot a Japanese judging! Stop posting bullshit because you’re giving a shot Japanese MMA who are you Joe Rogan.

  • Shatner says:

    Takanori Gomi was Screwed watch the fight! Decision was about as bad as Arona and Fedor fight!

  • Brent says:

    Shatner, I’ve tried running your post through the Universal Translator – without success. Perhaps you can replicate some grammar lessons.

  • Shatner says:

    Brent maybe you can translate this #[email protected] YOU!

  • keyboardwarrior says:

    brent is a nooby noob,gomi lost unfortuanately bit dubious but none the less loss hope he bounces back to some form coz his a kickass fighter,u look at him and his not that big but can fight oh yeah!brent smo0kes the manpole

  • Robert says:

    I really think Gomi won the fight surprising to see the haters come out for Gomi. I always thought he fought with a tremendous amount of heart and put on great performances win or lose, not sure what people are thinking when they get enjoyment out of seeing great fighters lose.

  • Patrick says:

    It may be up in the air on whether or not Gomi won, however, what isn’t up in the air is that Gomi just isn’t the same Gomi anymore.

    I’m not sure what the issue is with The Fireball Kid these days, it seems to me that he may just be lackadaisically training and is just uninterested in Sengoku or his current predicament. I like Gomi, he’s a great fighter and is full of potential, but he seems like he just can’t tap into that potential recently.

    Gomi needs to get the fire back.

  • powz says:

    too bad i love gomi.awsome fighter to watch.seems to have lost something after that beating diaz put on him,and again its too bad.and the guy he fought this wekend was no devil has great fighters w/no cans as far as they have shown in the past


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