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Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi scheduled for September

Nate Diaz will make his anticipated return to lightweight this fall when the Octagon visits Denver for UFC 135 against an opponent his family is already familiar with in the form of Takanori Gomi, a renowned striker who bloodied up older brother Nick Diaz at a PRIDE event in 2007 before tapping to an Gogoplata early in the second stanza.

The UFC announced the pairing late Monday night through their Twitter account.

Diaz has fallen in back-to-back bouts and is 5-5 in his last ten in-ring appearances meaning the importance of a victory over Gomi goes far beyond familial history. The 26-year old TUF 5 winner holds an overall record of 13-7 in his career including success against a number of notable opponents such as Kurt Pellegrino, Josh Neer, and Melvin Guillard.

The 32-7 Gomi is also in need of a win after being submitted in two of his three fights since signing on with the UFC after a storied run in the Land of the Rising Sun. Gomi first came to fans’ attention in PRIDE where he took out the likes of Jens Pulver, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, Mitsuhiro Ishida, and Tatsuya Kawajiri. “The Fireball Kid” has finished eighteen of the thirty-two foes he’s beaten with twelve of the victories coming by way of TKO.

In addition to Gomi vs. Diaz, the UFC 135 lineup features Jon Jones’ putting his belt up against former 205-pound champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on the card, as well as a fight between Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez plus action from Travis Browne, Mark Hunt, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, and others.


  • bigbadjohn says:

    Good matchup for both guys. Nate’s got that Diaz chin among his known strengths. I think Nate can get a stoppage win here, hopefully a wicked leg lock or something exotic

  • Sucks and Im glad to see Nate back at 155. He’s one of those weirdos thats just a little to small for 170 and a little to big for 155…I think he should blow right through Gomi….his reach chin and overall boxing game are going to give Gomi fits…plus if Gomi wants to head to the ground…he might last 2 minutes.

  • stone says:

    I hope its a knock-down-drag-out like the Nick Diaz fight… If that wasn’t entertaining than WtF?

  • hindsightufuk says:

    awesome fight, just watched Diaz/Gomi at the weekend, its one of those fights i have to watch every few months

  • elkymbo says:

    Like Gomi can’t stand Diaz. Hopefully the little punk gets his lights put out and is sent packing.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Nate looked like shit his last time out… see what happens this go round.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    I’m actually quite interested to see Nate and Nick fight like fighters now that Nick’s in the UFC. be intereting to see Rory try and take out Nick after GSP finishes with him considering Nick seems more suited for 170 physically

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Looks like this card is shaping up now all we need is no one pulling out. Hughs vs sanchez is gonna be good

  • BigBad John..I dont know where you get your weed, but I need to call your guy. GSP couldnt finish Koscheck, Alves, or Hardy…I wont bring up Sheilds or Fitch cuz well…you basically gotta murder them to get them to stop fighting you…and you think he’ll finish an tough Hombre like Nick?!? PLLLLLEAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSEEEEEEEE…… Not sayin GSP cant beat Nick that’s very probable..but Im callin it the other way around…those pitter patter punches are gonna make Georgieboy panic and Nick is gonna hit him with a sub that leaves the arena silent…hey a man can dream right?

  • THEGUNNER says:

    If gsp takes it to the ground I agree nick will make him tap.

  • stone says:

    AWWWWWWE MAN!, Dave don’t even get me all crunk about Nick beatin GsP! I can’t even explain how much I want Diaz to to whoop that ass!!!

  • MCM says:

    “hey a man can dream right?” That’s all Diaz fans can do.

    And as much as I dislike him, Nate is no Nick. If Gomi comes out like the Gomi of old, I see him taking it to Nate for 3 rounds of beat down.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    You guys are so deluded. Nick got taken to the ground in his previous UFC losses as well. Nicks face is going to bleed big time and he won’t be able to secure a singl sub none the less finish Georges with it. Shields sub game is much better suited for 170. Nick should be the biggest underdog GSPs faced outside of Hardy and you will see why soon

  • bigbadjohn says:

    GSP against a black belt? He’s never spent the entire fight in a black belts guard without worry right? Oh wait. It’s basically his specialty. And against a good boxer? Jeez I wouldn’t want to he Nick’s shins Ouch! Now take Nicks biggest weakness.. Wrestlers. Uh Oh! Looks like objectively looking at this fight isn’t for you guys, eh?

  • The Gomi of old isnt there anymore MCM…he’s just not the same….even then Id give it a good fight.

    and Sure John…GSP’s specialty is hangin out in the guard of a BJJ specialist….while greased up…and outweighin him by almost 30 lbs…..past that sure Fitch is a black belt but he’s not known for his guard. GSP is the man and thats an undeniable fact however….if the UFC catches heat for throwin Leites Cote and Maia at SIlva…what about pointin the finger for everyone GSP has faced minus JOn Fitch or Jake Sheilds?
    Kos was 3-3 in his previous 6…Hardy decisioned Gono davis and swick and finished Rory “please knock me out” Markham Alves most impressive victory was his decision over Kos or TKOing an old man in hughes….BJ had a 1-2 record at WW. I think Nick will be a tough test. If he lost 2 rounds of striking to Jake Sheilds….NIck’s gonna take at least that.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Superdave you lack respect for MMA. Greasing? Wow that took legitimacy away from your counter argument making you end up sounding simply like a GSP hater. I cannot fathom how you can say Shields outstruck Georges without even a mention of the fact that Georges eye had been poked into uselessness. How about the fact that St Pierre kept Shields clinch and grappling (his world class strength) nullified even being half blind? Try and slant Georges wins any which way you want Dave. In one of the most competitive divisions in the UFC ( not outside… Cyborg, Noons would never even fight anywhere near contendership in the UFC) your dismissal of Georges accomplishments can only be credited to your lack of respect for the sport and its finest.


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