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Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi official for UFC Fight Night 21

New York, NY, February 3, 2010 – Two of the world’s best lightweight (155 lb.) mixed martial arts fighters, Kenny Florian and Takanori Gomi, will square off in the main event of Spike TV’s “UFC Fight Night” on Wednesday, March 31 at 8:00pm ET/PT. Emanating from the Bojangles Colisuem in Charlotte, NC, the bout marks the long-awaited UFC debut of the Japanese lightweight mixed martial arts star, Gomi.

Florian (14-4), fighting out of Brookline, MA. burst onto the mixed martial arts scene as a finalist in Season 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter” in April 2005. After losing to Sean Sherk in a title bout at UFC 64 in October 2006, Florian went almost three years without a loss, riding an impressive six fight winning-streak defeating many of the lightweight division’s top contenders including Joe Stevenson and Roger Huerta. Florian’s streak ended at the hands of UFC champ BJ Penn, who submitted Florian in the fourth round of their lightweight championship bout this past August at UFC 101. Following a victory over Clay Guida at UFC 107 in December, Florian is back on the winning track and needs a win over Gomi for a third shot at the belt.

“The Fireball Kid,” Gomi (31-5) has a long, decorated career fighting in his native Japan. He is a former Shooto Welterweight Champion and was the final holder of the lightweight title from the defunct promotion Pride Fighting Championships. He is also a four-time All Japan Combat Wrestling champion. The 31 year-old has fought many of the division’s elite fighters including BJ Penn and Jens Pulver, and is now looking to secure the belt in the world’s premier mixed martial organization, The Ultimate Fighting Championship.®

Season 11 of “The Ultimate Fighter” premieres at 10:00 PM ET/PT directly following the “UFC Fight Night.”

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    awesome fight to show for free, i’ll be rooting for Gomi. Damn tough fight though

  • Rece Rock says:

    “…Florian is back on the winning track and needs a win over Gomi for a third shot at the belt.”

    Does he really get a third shot?? BJ has gotta make the move… It makes little sense to keep fighting the same guys over and over eventually they will get your number and your belt… Move up drop the belt & Let these guys go tournament style to get the belt… IMO

  • mu_shin says:

    Great matchmaking by Joe Silva and the UFC. Bring in Gomi, a lightweight that many regard as top ten in the world, and shake things up a little with new blood.

    If Kenny Florian is successful in this match, can’t see denying him another shot at the lightweight title, if he continues to demonstrate that he is the top contender. If Gomi beats Florian, instant number one contender, and a new challenger for the top spot.

    New blood is desperately needed at lightweight, but have to question the likelihood of BJ Penn succeeding at welterweight, having seen what happened the last time he moved up. Why not stay where he is, take on all comers, and continue to rule the roost? BJ is not to be faulted for being the best 155’er on the planet; I think he should continue to be celebrated, and appreciated where he is most effective.

  • Nick Havok says:

    I think Florian is going to take this fight.

    …but I have to admit, it would be freakin hilarious to see Gomi, who is 2-2 in his last 4 fights in Japan come in and steamroll the UFC contender.

    Seriously doubt that will happen though. Gomi is incredibly overrated. I mean the guy lost twice while champion in Pride…yet never lost his belt (yeah, I know the Diaz decision was over turned…but still).

    This should be an exciting fight though…and finally a decent Fight Night main event. I was getting tired of seeing Nate Diaz every other show.

  • YES! This will be great. Gomi is really into the fire here, no tune up for him. He gets a game and exremely hungry Kenflo. Kenny looked savage against Guida, better than ever and who knows he may eventually be able to beat Bj. (Possible not probable) You gotta love Kenflo though, he never quits, he gets better and better, and he’s very humble and goal oriented.

    War Kenflo
    TKO round 2


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